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

Hurricane Irma: Consequences of Intense Rainfall and Storm Surge from a Tropical Storm in North and Central Florida

Landon, M. E., Hudyma, N. W., Sharma, R. S.



reconnaissance hurricane sinkhole karst erosion scour beach dam infrastructure


Hurricane Irma affected the Florida peninsula from September 9-11, 2017, with high winds, rainfall, and storm surge. Although the storm made landfall on the west coast of Florida, impacts of the rainfall and storm surge affected central and northeast Florida. A GEER team mobilized on September 23, 2...

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Reconnaissance of the New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System after Hurricane Gustav

Wooten, P.E., R. L., Gilbert, Ph.D., P.E., R. B., Marcuson, III, Ph.D., P.E., W. F., Nicholson, Ph.D., P.E., P. G., Harder, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., G.E.,, L. F.



hurricane flood levee


On October 2 and 3, 2008, a group of civil engineers sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and organized by the Geoengineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, visited the New Orleans area to assess levee performance during hurricane Gustav.  This paper summarize...

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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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Post-2017 Hurricane Season Assessment of Civil Infrastructure Impacts on Beach and Near-Beach Environments

Smallegan, S. M., Figlus, J., Stark, N., Sasanakul, I., Arboleda Monsalve, L. G., Shafii, I., Jafari, N., Ravichandran, N., Bassal, P.



Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Irma beach access point geomorphology storm damage inundation


This paper presents an overview of observations and preliminary measurements of coastal infrastructure in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017. Two teams mobilized by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association were sent to document perishable data along the Te...

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Scour at the Seawall in Surfside, Texas, During Hurricane Harvey (2017)

Stark, N., Shafii, I., Jafari, N., Ravichandran, N., Figlus, J., Smallegan, S., Bassal, P.



Hurricane Harvey river line embankment erosion storm damage


Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) water level gages documented 1.1 m of water level elevation over predicted tide in Freeport, Texas, on 25 – 26 August 2017. The NOAA wave buoy 42019 of...

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Geotechnical Effects of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston, Beaumont, and Port Arthur Areas

Wooten, R. L., Kulesza, S., El Mohtar, C., Diaz, B., Ilupeju, O., Rasulo, M., Bassal, P., Hussien, A., Kouchaki, B. M., Little, M. V., Mert, A. A., Nelsen, C. W.



hurricane flood erosion dam levee highway residential


The Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association  deployed multiple teams of engineers from academia and practicing firms to the coast of Texas in late August and early September 2017 following Hurricane Harvey.  This report summarizes the observations and data from the GE...

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Geotechnical Effects and a 6-Year Outlook of the 2012 Hurricane Sandy in the Eastern United States

Nikolaou, S., Hashash, Y. M., Sukumaran, B., Sacks, A., Burlingame, M. J., Baxter, C., Bradshaw, A., Wooten, L., Lacy, H., Moss, C., Daraio, J. A., O’Rourke, T. D.



Hurricane Sandy GEER geotechnical reconnaissance New York - New Jersey infrastructure erosion foundations sustainability resilience


Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive event of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. It originated as a storm off the coast of West Africa that turned into a tropical wave in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, and then into a hurricane that moved slowly north along the United States Ea...

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Pressuremeter Testing Along Interstate 10 in Tucson, Arizona

Samtani, N. C.



Pressuremeter Cementation Induration Alluvial Soils Interstate 10 Drilled Shaft Side Resistance Base Resistance Collapse Potential


In arid to semi-arid regions alluvial soil deposits can range from collapse-susceptible, variably cemented to indurated. In these soils, reliable estimation of soil properties based on penetration resistance indicators such as N-values from Standard Penetration Tests (SPTs) is difficult. Varying con...

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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 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: Ryosuke Uzuoka, PhD, Core Member of ISSMGE Technical Committee 103; email: 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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