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

Application of Hybrid Drained-Undrained Model for Analyzing the Stability of Reinforced Soil Structures Over Soft Foundations with Prefabricated Vertical Drains

Espinoza, D., Li, C., De Melo, L., Gupta, R.



Hybrid Drained-Undrained model slope stability prefabricated vertical drain limit equilibrium shear strength


Prefabricated Vertical Drains (PVDs) are typically used for embankment construction over saturated soft cohesive soil deposits to accelerate consolidation and reduce construction time in the field. PVDs accelerate consolidation of thick soil deposits by reducing the drainage path from tens of meters...

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Infiltration Study for Deep Foundations in Ephemeral Streams

Samtani, N. C.



Infiltration Ephemeral Bridge Deep Foundation Unsaturated Pore Water Pressure Flood Scour


The duration of a flood event in an ephemeral stream is finite, ranging from a few hours to a few days. However, for design of deep foundations, an assumption is typically made by geotechnical specialists that at the time of a flood event all stream bed geomaterials are saturated and fully-buoyant. ...

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Geotechnical Observations of Dams Failed During the 2015 Historic Flooding in South Carolina

Sasanakul, I., Gassman, S. L., Pierce, C. E., Ovalle-Villamil, W., Starcher, R., Gheibi, E., Rahman, M.



Floods Earthen Dam Overtopping Erosion Spillway


This paper presents a description of post-flood reconnaissance and geotechnical investigation of four earthen dams that were breached or damaged following an extreme flooding event in South Carolina in 2015. As a result of unprecedented rainfall and flooding that occurred during a five-day period at...

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Forensic Analysis of Levee Failures: The Breitenhagen Case

Kool, J. J., Kanning, W., Heyer, T., Jommi, C., Jonkman, S. N.



forensic engineering slope instability hindcasting river levee levee breach


Forensic analysis of past failures is valuable to improve our understanding of levee behavior. In this article a new systematic approach of forensic analysis for levee failures is proposed and applied to the Breitenhagen levee breach that occurred along the river Saale in Germany in 2013. The purpos...

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Electrical Resistivity at Internal Erosion Locations in Levees

Tucker-Kulesza, S., Rutherford, C., Bernhardt-Barry, M.



Electrical resistivity tomography laboratory electrical resistivity levees sand boils internal erosion


Internal erosion through or beneath levees frequently occurs during flood events, resulting in sand boils. Determining the extent of damage from the seepage channels that caused the sand boils remains difficult, and many sand boils are simply monitored in subsequent floods. There is a need for a non...

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Geobarrier System for Protection Against Rainfall-induced Slope Failure

Rahardjo, H., Satyanaga, A., Gofar, N., Leong, E. C., Kew, J. H., Wang, C. L., Wong, J. L.



Geobarrier system Field instrumentation Recycled concrete Recycled asphalt


Slope failures are a common occurrence in tropical regions with a high intensity of rainfall. Tropical areas such as Singapore are normally covered with residual soils whose behaviour does not follow the principles of classical saturated soil mechanics because these soils are often unsaturated in na...

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A Lightweight Soil Nail Retaining Wall in Unsaturated Clay

Herraman, R.



unsaturated clay retaining wall suction soil nail observational method design guidelines


The city of Adelaide in South Australia is built on a clay plain running north-south between the Adelaide Hills and the sea. Adelaide has a Mediterranean, i.e. semi-arid, climate causing this clay to be unsaturated and stiff to very stiff when above the watertable. To improve traffic flow on the wes...

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Numerical Simulation of the Mechanical Behavior of Single Piles in Expansive Soil

Liu, Y., Vanapalli, S. K., Nyambere, C., Mohamoud, H.



Pile Expansive soil Infiltration Suction Numerical simulation


A numerical method, PEI (Pile behavior in Expansive soil upon Infiltration) developed at the University of Ottawa can be used as a tool for the prediction and interpretation of the mechanical behavior of piles in expansive soils taking account of the influence of matric suction changes associated wi...

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