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Reliability and Statistics in Geotechnical Engineering

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Author : Gregory B. Baecher, John T. Christian
Price : INR 1195
ISBN 13 : 9788126542277
Pages : 618
Type : Paperbound
Remarks : Exclusively distributed by CBS Publishers & Distributors

Risk and reliability analysis is an area of growing importance in geotechnical engineering, where many variables have to be considered. Statistics, reliability modeling and engineering judgment are employed together to develop risk and decision analyses for civil engineering systems. The resulting engineering models are used to make probabilistic predictions, which are applied to geotechnical problems.




Part I.

• Introduction -- uncertainty and risk in geotechnical engineering.

• Uncertainty.

• Probability.

• Inference.

• Risk, decisions and judgment.


Part II.

• Classification and mapping.

• Soil variability.

• Spatial variability within homogeneous deposits.

• Random field theory.

• Spatial sampling.

• Search theory.


Part III.

• Reliability analysis and error propagation.

• First order second moment (FOSM) methods.

• Point estimate methods.

• The Hasofer--Lind approach (FORM).

• Monte Carlo simulation methods.

• Load and resistance factor design.

• Stochastic finite elements.


Part IV.

• Event tree analysis.

• Expert opinion.

• System reliability assessment.


Appendix A: A primer on probability theory.

• A.1 Notation and axioms.

• A.2 Elementary results.

• A.3 Total probability and Bayes' theorem.

• A.4 Discrete distributions.

• A.5 Continuous distributions.

• A.6 Multiple variables.

• A.7 Functions of random variables.





Gregory B. Baecher, Univ. of Maryland, USA


John T. Christian, Consulting Engineer, Waban, Massachusetts, USA


Book beneficial for Graduates and postgraduate students in civil engineering, practicing geotechnical engineers. Engineering geologists and general civil engineers


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