Reliability-based design is the only engineering methodology currently available which can ensure self-consistency in both physical and probabilistic terms. It is also uniquely compatible with the theoretical basis underlying other disciplines such as structural design. It is especially relevant as geotechnical design becomes subject to increasing codification and to code harmonization across national boundaries and material types. Already some codes of practice describe the principles and requirements for safety, serviceability, and durability of structures in reliability terms.
This book presents practical computational methods in concrete steps that can be followed by practitioners and students. It also provides geotechnical examples illustrating reliability analysis and design. It aims to encourage geotechnical engineers to apply reliability-based design in a realistic context that recognises the complex variabilities in geomaterials and model uncertainties arising from a profession steeped in empiricism. By focusing on learning through computations and examples, this book serves as a valuable reference for engineers and a resource for students.
Table of Contents
1. Numerical recipes for reliability analysis – a primer 2. Spatial variability and geotechnical reliability 3. Practical reliability approach using spreadsheet 4. Monte Carlo simulation in reliability analysis 5. Practical application of reliability-based design in decision making 6. Randomly heterogeneous soils under static and dynamic loads 7. Stochastic finite element methods in geotechnical engineering 8. Eurocode 7 and reliability-based design 9. Serviceability limit state reliability-based design 10. Reliability verification using pile load tests 11. Reliability analysis of slopes 12. Application to levees and hydraulic structures 13. Reliability analysis of liquefaction potential of soils using Standard Penetration Test
Kok-Kwang Phoon is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, and Chair of the Technical Committee on Risk Assessment and Management of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.