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 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

Development of RApid REsponse (RARE) System for Motorway Bridges: Overview and Pilot Application to Attiki Odos Motorway

Anastasopoulos, I., Anastasopoulos, P., Sakellariadis, L., Agalianos, A., Kourkoulis, R., Gelagoti, F. and Gazetas, G.



seismic vulnerability real-time damage assessment nonlinear analysis regression models


Safety of motorway users in case of a strong seismic event is directly related to the performance of infrastructure elements, especially motorway bridges...

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Frequency Based Design of KDamper for Seismic Isolation of a Single Pier Concrete Bridge

Sapountzakis, E., Syrimi, P. and Antoniadis, I.



Seismic Isolation Negative Stiffness Bridge Frequency Domain KDamper


Contemporary seismic isolation systems for bridge applications provide a) horizontal isolation from earthquake shaking effects, and b) energy dissipation mechanisms to reduce displacements...

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Minimum Uplift Horizontal Acceleration of the Single-Nave Barrel Vault and the Rocking Frame

Alexakis, H. and Makris, N.



stone arches buttresses articulated structures energy methods limit state analysis earthquake engineering


This paper examines and compares the minimum horizontal acceleration that is needed to initiate uplift of the single-nave barrel vault and of the rocking frame which are the two most common masonry structural systems used to bridge a span...

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Lessons Learned from The Application of UAV-Enabled Structure-From-Motion Photogrammetry in Geotechnical Engineering

Zekkos, D., Greenwood, W., Lynch, J., Manousakis, J., Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, A., Clark, M., Cook, K. L. and Saroglou, C.



Structure-from-Motion Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 3D model drones disasters


The application of the Structure-from-Motion (SfM) methodology, as enabled by the growth of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, is expected to have significant impact in geotechnical engineering research and practice...

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Flooding Vulnerability Lessons Learned in Assessing the Effects of Flooding Caused by the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence

Taylor, M. C., Fisher, T. S., Ng, K. K. and Pennington, M.



Flooding Earthquakes Flood modelling Insurance Canterbury Earthquake Swquence


The Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (2010 – 2011) caused significant damage and loss of life in Christchurch, New Zealand...

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Numerical Modelling for Coastal Structures Design and Planning. A Case Study of the Venetian Harbour of Chania, Greece

Foteinis, S., Tsoutsos, T. and Synolakis, C.



coastal engineering wave energy converter (WEC) acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) Nortek AWAC MIKE 21 BW Hydrodynamic modeling port breakwater


Wave energy harnessing is associated with high cost, compared to established renewables such as wind and solar...

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Lessons Learned from Dike Failures in Recent Decades

Zwanenburg, C., López-Acosta, N. P., Tourment, R., Tarantino, A., Pozzato, A. and Pinto, A.



uplifting dikes failure erosion stability uplift


The paper describes five different dike failures that occurred in recent decades. The case histories were located on different rivers and involved different loading conditions. The observed failure mechanisms involved erosion and stability problems...

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The Observation Method for Bridge Scour: Case Histories

Briaud, J.L., Jung, I., Govindasamy, A., Kim, D., Lee, J.



Observation Method Bridge scour Z-future charts Probability of failure


Bridge scour is the number one cause of bridge collapse in the USA yet the existing guidelines are felt to be excessively conservative. These apparently conflicting statements are due to the fact that most bridge foundations designed before 1987 did not consider scour as part of the design...

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