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

Post-Liquefaction Free-Field Ground Settlement Case Histories

Olaya, F. R., Bray, J. D.



case histories CPT free-field site liquefaction settlement


Liquefaction-induced ground settlement is a complex process resulting from the combined effects of particle sedimentation and soil reconsolidation due to post-shaking dissipation of excess pore-water pressure. Current empirical models are based on a limited number of field case histories. Consequent...

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Probabilistic Assessment and Comparison of Scour Protections at Horns Rev 3 and Egmond aan Zee Offshore Wind Farms

Chambel, J., Fazeres-Ferradosa, T., Figueiredo, R., Rosa-Santos, P., Pinto, F. T.



Offshore wind scour scour protection probability of failure reliability


Offshore wind foundations have seen a remarkable growth in over the last three decades. Up to date, this growth has been mainly registered in North Sea locations, where water depths do not exceed 30 m and monopile diameters typically range between 4 to 9 m. In these cases, scour phenomena can be a m...

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Bridge Abutment Remediation – A Case Study

Sundaram, M., Sugawara, J., Sivakumar, S.



Transport and Main Roads rainfall failures remediation temporary works permanent works


Record-breaking rainfall events in parts of eastern Australia—particularly, most recently, in Queensland—resulted in severe flooding and property damage. Transport and Main Roads assets were not spared from destruction caused by these events. The severe rainfall and flooding resulted in ...

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Coastal Road Slope Collapses Behind a Retaining Wall Due to Scour and Erosion

Tsubokawa, R., Iida, Y., Ushiwatari, Y., Matsuda, T., Ochi, M., Miyatake, M., Sassa, S.



coastal road scour erosion internal erosion cavity collapse retaining wall


The present study investigates the coastal road slope disasters that took place in December 2014 and in November 2021 in Hokkaido, Japan. The coastal disasters represent collapses behind the retaining walls under high wave conditions. The results of the field investigations demonstrate that the exte...

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Emergency Bridge Scour Countermeasure in Marin County, California, United States

Avila, C. M.



Scour Countermeasure Scour Critical Bridges


The Lucas Valley Road Bridge over Miller Creek in Marin County, California was identified as scour critical in August 2017. Within four months (just before the rainy season in California), structural, hydraulic, and monitoring countermeasures were installed at the bridge. Structural countermeasures ...

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Scour Prediction in Cohesive Marine Soils: A Hybrid Approach

Harris, J. M., Tavouktsoglou, N. S., Couldrey, A., Whitehouse, R. J., Klapper, J.



Scour Cohesive Baltic Monopile Erodibility Probabilistic


Regardless of the advancement in scour research in the last three decades, scour prediction at offshore foundations in cohesive and non-uniform soils still involves great uncertainty and remains a challenge for designing structurally efficient and effective foundations offshore. One approach to scou...

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Improving Scour Estimates with NextScour for the Lafayette Avenue Bridge Replacement Project

Shan, H., Pagenkopf, J., Li, C., Zhang, N., Pastrich, D., Wiblishauser, O., Huang, C., Kerenyi, K.



NextScour clay erosion resistance critical shear stress erosion testing decay function


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investigating replacing the existing Lafayette Avenue Bridge in Bay City, MI. The geotechnical site investigation classified a layer of medium-to-hard clay at depths of 4.6 to 6.1 m (15–20 ft) below the channel that potentially and signi...

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Liquefaction and Non-liquefaction Cases from the Mataquito Bridge, Chile, after the Mw 8.8 (2010) and Mw 6.6 (2019) Earthquakes

Moffat, R., Moss, R.



liquefaction lateral displacement seismic settlement


This paper describes field investigations and soil foundation performance of the Mataquito Bridge with respect to the 2010 Mw 8.8 and 2019 Mw 6.6 Chilean earthquakes. The Mataquito Bridge was constructed at the site prior to both earthquakes using a pile foundation designed against liquefaction and ...

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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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