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Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.
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Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

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Has anyone read a very comprehensive book about geotechnical failures that have happened in the recent, real world? Common failures, rare failures, failures the regular geotechnical books don't say nothing about, structural failures blamed wrongfully to the soil, sinkholes, cases like the Millenium tower in San Francisco, etc. Can you recommend that book?

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RE: Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

A nice topic that unfortunately isn't written much abut. Tschebotarioff in his text "Foundations,Retaining and Earth Structures" does cover many failures, but not as the main thrust of his work. By the way your phrase "geotechnical books don't say nothing about," doesn't give you much to write about either.

RE: Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

George Sowers gave a lot of examples of failure projects in his books. You might check those out.

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RE: Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

You may find this interesting.

Literature Survey: Deformations and damage to buildings adjacent to deep excavations in soft soils Link

RE: Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

I feel like there needs to be a rolling thread where we can just post links to public geotechnical forensics studies. I've read a few but I know there are a lot more out there.

RE: Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

I'm not sure there is such a comprehensive book. Many of the more popular treatises on geotechnical practice contain failed project examples (as previously mentioned with Sowers); however, geotechnical covers a lot of ground (couldn't resist the pun), so getting a single book to cover a broad range of geotechnical forensic works will be difficult. I think you'll need numerous books to do that.

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RE: Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

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OldestGuy, Ron, epoxybot I will read the books you mention. MTNclimber, I think that there must be more geo-forensics books out thereā€¦ hidden :) If I find some I will post here :)

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RE: Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

The following books cover a wide range of failures (course books of a lecture at university). However not very recent, but each topic has a theory section and a short back of the envelope calculation with the real numbers. Very comprihensible and there is also a capter about the leaning tower of pisa.

Geomechanics of Failures (Puzrin, Springer)
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-90-481-3531-8

Geomechanics of Failures. Advanced Topics (Puzrin, Springer)
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-90-481-3531-8

RE: Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Robert W. Day, McGraw Hill, 1998.

RE: Comprehensive geotechnical forensics book.

One could also search for the official reports of investigations of failures from the relevant government bodies, depending on the location of the event. These may be limited to the single structure affected.

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