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

Field Test of Temporary Excavation Wall Support in Sensitive Clay

Alam, M., Chaallal, O., Galy, B.



Field test; Earth pressure; Soft and sensitive clay; Flexible temporary shield; Trench box; Total pressure cells


This paper presents the results of a field experimental study carried out to investigate the soil pressure on a temporary flexible trench shoring in sensitive clay. The installation, instrumentation, and field test procedures are presented for two trench boxes “stacked upon each other” i...

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A Constructability Problem in a Deep Shoring System

Köpüklü, H., Ekli, O., Akçakal, ., Durgunoğlu, H. T.



Deep Excavation Retaining Wall Secant Bored Pile Prestressed Anchors Shotcrete Inclinometer Measurements


The construction of deep excavations and retaining structures for the deep basements and infrastructures has frequently been implemented in İstanbul. Primary design concerns for underground construction are the protection of adjacent buildings, properties of the project site, and planned structur...

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Performance Monitoring of Rammed Aggregate Piers® (RAPs)




Impact rammed aggregate piers stiffness consolidation settlement monitoring ground improvement


In this paper, settlement performance during water testing of structures at a wastewater treatment facility in Turkey, constructed on soils improved by the Rammed Aggregate Pier® (RAP) System, are presented. The soil profile is comprised of firm to stiff silty clay and medium dense silty sand ...

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The Multi-Purpose Bottom Plug for the Galataport Project

Miranda, S.



Ground improvement Elliptical Jet Grouting Bottom Plug Liquefaction Seepage Control Micropiles


The paper describes an innovative geotechnical engineering solution that was provided by TREVI for the renovation project at Galataport in Istanbul, Turkey. Among other interesting geotechnical works included in the project, this paper also presents the design considerations and construction of the ...

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Settlement of shallow foundations on sand – a database study

Bahmani Shoorijeh, M., Briaud, J.



settlement shallow foundations sand probability plot database TAMU-SHAL-SAND


Generally, the first choice in the selection of a foundation for buildings and other structures is a shallow foundation because it is typically more economical and easier to construct than a deep foundation. However, shallow foundations are usually considered to settle more than deep foundations. Th...

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Evaluation of Constitutive Models in Prediction of Surface Settlements in Cohesive Soils – A Case Study: Mashhad Metro Line 2

Eslami, B., Golshani, A., Arefizadeh, S.



EPB -TBM MCC MC tunnel monitoring surface settlement


The current study is aimed at investigating the basic soil behavior involved in a TBM-EPB excavation and the capability of the Modify Cam Clay (MCC) model is verified for the analysis of the soil settlement in cohesive soils. Tunnel excavation in urban areas can engender considerable ground movement...

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Analysis of a Static Loading Test on an Instrumented Cased CFA Pile in Silt and Sand

Kania, J. G., Kataoka Sørensen, K., Fellenius, B.



Soil-pile interaction load-transfer functions beta-coefficient residual force vibrating wire strain gage


A static loading test was performed on an instrumented 630 mm diameter, 12.5 m long, cased continuous flight auger (CFA) pile. The soil at the site consisted of a 4.0 m thick layer of loose sandy and silty fill layer underlain by a 1.6 m thick layer of dense silty sand and sand followed by dense san...

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Geotechnical Extreme Event Site Reconnaissance in Puerto Rico after the Passage of Hurricane Maria

Silva-Tulla, F., Pando, M. A.



Hurricane landslide debris flow rainfall-induced instability coastal erosion scour foundation failure bridge failure infrastructure damage flood damage storm damage natural disaster


The National Weather Service classified Hurricane Maria as a strong Category 4 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale at the time of its landfall in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, U.S.A., on September 20, 2017. The immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria was a devastated island with at least 6...

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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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