ISSMGE International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories

The International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories is an official journal of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the premier scientific organization for geotechnical engineering worldwide. The Case Histories Journal covers the broad area of practice in geotechnical engineering (soils and rocks), including geotechnical earthquake engineering, environmental geotechnics and engineering geology, and energy geo-construction.

The Case Histories Journal is a peer-review, diamond-level open access journal on the geotechnical engineering practice with a focus on careful documentation of case histories with and emphasis on observations and data collected during and after project construction. Papers are reviewed by a distinguished international Editorial Board and a selected number of reviewers. All paper published in the journal are accompanied by electronic data for better documentation of each case history.

Latest Published Case History Papers

Effect of Densification on the Random Field Model Parameters of Liquefiable Soil and their Use in Estimating Spatially-Distributed Liquefaction-Induced Settlement

Stuedlein, A. W., Bong, T., Montgomery, J., Ching, J., Phoon, K.



densification liquefaction spatial variability auto-correlation random field model


Densification-type ground improvement has gained wide acceptance as an effective technique to improve the static and cyclic strength and seismic performance of liquefiable soils. However, there has been little attempt to quantify the degree of change in certain measures of soil spatial variability f...

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Three-Dimensional Numerical Modeling of a Propped Cutter Soil Mix Retention System in Sand

Theunissen, W., Fraser, O. D.



Numerical analysis soil-structure interaction retention system propped excavation cutter soil mixing monitoring


The construction of a multi-story building over two basements was proposed adjacent to Botany Bay in Sydney, Australia.  The basement excavation required excavations to depths of approximately 6.5 m.  The site was surrounded by open parkland on three sides, while on the fourth side a four-...

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Multivariate Geostatistical Analysis of CPT Readings for Reliable 3D Subsoil Modeling of Heterogeneous Alluvial Deposits in Padania Plain

Di Curzio, D., Vessia, G.



Multivariate geostatistics Partially Heterotopic Co-Kriging technique Padania Plain 3D mechanical model Italian geodatabase CPT readings


Urban planning and big infrastructure designing demand two novel and seemingly contrasting approaches: 1) a continuous description of subsoil nature and behavior under natural hazards, to increase the resilience of urban areas; and 2) a reliable characterization of subsoil hydro-mechanical propertie...

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Case Histories on 2D/3D Underground Stratification Using Sparse Machine Learning

Shuku, T., Ching, J.



underground stratification sparse machine learning cone penetration test soil stratification soil behavior type index


This paper showcases novel underground stratification based on sparse machine learning (SML) methods, including sparse Bayesian learning (SBL) and least absolute shrinkage selection operator (Lasso). The SML methods proposed by the authors were applied to two- and three-dimensional underground strat...

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Application of Long Short-Term Memory Neural Network and Prophet Algorithm in Slope Displacement Prediction

Tang, L., Ma, Y., Wang, L., Zhang, W., Zheng, L., Wen, H.



Slope Displacement Long Short-Term Memory Neural Network Prophet Algorithm TGR Predictive Accuracy


The slope displacement prediction is crucial for the development of an early warning system, which can help prevent or reduce losses of lives, properties, and the local environment. This problem is particularly important in the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) area, where the influence of geological, we...

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Reliability Assessment of Internal Stability Limit States for Two As-Built Geosynthetic MSE Walls

Bathurst, R. J., Allen, T. M.



Geosynthetic reinforcement MSE walls SR-18 walls internal limit states reliability factor of safety tensile strength pullout strength soil failure


This paper reports the results of calculations for the margins of safety for internal stability limit states for two as-built geosynthetic MSE walls constructed in 2006 in Washington State, U.S.A. The walls are unique because a) the internal stability design for the reinforcement was based on a work...

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Case History of Risk Evaluation of Earth-Fill Dams Due to Heavy Rain

Shibata, T., Nishimura, S., Tateishi, T., Kuroda, S., Kato, T., Kuribayashi, K., Tanaya, N.



earth-fill dam risk evaluation prioritization heavy rain


The present paper describes an assessment method for risks brought on by heavy rain in order to determine the priority of countermeasures for small earth-fill dams. To evaluate the failure risks of an earth-fill dam, defined as the product of failure probability and damage costs, an unsaturated seep...

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Settlement Predictions of a Trial Embankment on Ballina Clay

Huang, S., Huang, J., Kelly, R., Zeng, C., Xie, J.



Ballina clay embankment settlement prediction Bayesian updating back analysis


An instrumented trial embankment was constructed on the soft ground with the use of prefabricated vertical drains at Ballina in northern New South Wales (NSW, Australia) as part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE) research program. ...

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Latest Announcements



Abstract submission for Special Issue on Case Histories of Geotechnical Risk Assessment and Management in Engineering Practice – deadline has been extended until July 17


Kindly note that the deadline for abstract submission has been extended and interested authors can submit their 300-word abstracts to Guest Editor Dr. Andy Y.F. Leung at [email protected] by 17 July 2020. Authors will be notified shortly after about the acceptance of their abstract. Submission date of full papers is 31 October 2020. Please consult […]

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Call for Papers for Special Issue on Case Histories of Geotechnical Risk Assessment and Management in Engineering Practice


TC304 on Engineering Practice of Risk Assessment and Management is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for Case Histories of Geotechnical Risk Assessment and Management in Engineering Practice that will be published in ISSMGE’s International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories ( Well-documented case histories with detailed site characterization data and performance/monitoring data to assess […]

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Call for Papers for Special Issue on Numerical Analysis in Geoengineering Case Histories


Guest Editors: Giovanna Biscontin, PhD, Secretary of ISSMGE Technical Committee 103 Numerical Methods in Geomechanics; email: [email protected] Ryosuke Uzuoka, PhD, Core Member of ISSMGE Technical Committee 103; email: [email protected] TC103 on Numerical Methods in Geomechanics is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for Case Histories on applications of numerical analysis to the design, study, […]

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