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

Liquefaction Ejecta Case Histories for 2010-11 Canterbury Earthquakes

Mijic, Z., Bray, J. D., Van Ballegooy, S.



liquefaction ejecta case histories Christchurch earthquakes photographs LiDAR


Liquefaction ejecta damaged the land and light-weight residential houses during the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. A database of well-documented field case histories that can be used to develop a procedure to estimate the settlement due to ejecta does not currently exist. In this paper, 235 case ...

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Asynchronous Mobilization of Shear Resistance in Slope Failures

Zabolotnii, E., Morgenstern, N. R., Wilson, G. W.



Mount Polley mine strain-weakening stiffness incompatibility numerical analysis deformation analysis tailings dam failure progressive failure


This paper focuses on the case study of the 2014 embankment failure at the Mount Polley TSF in Canada to study deformation-controlled mechanisms of instability leading to the asynchronous mobilization of shear strength and causing progressive failure. Three such mechanisms were identified in this fa...

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A Case Study on the Progressive Failure Mechanism of I-180 Slope Using Numerical and Field Observations

Bekele, B. M., Song, C., Lindemann, M.



Progressive failure hydromechanical framework strength degradation weathering; strain softening


A progressive failure of shallow slopes is commonly encountered in eastern Nebraska due to the region’s unique geological and weather conditions. This study presents a case study for a slope in Nebraska that experienced a progressive failure. Emphasis was given to examine the condition and tri...

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Practical Design, Numerical Analysis, and Site Monitoring for Huge Arching Effect during Massive Excavation of Undercut Slope in Open-Pit Mine

Leelasukseree, C., Pipatpongsa, T., Chaiwan, A., Mungpayabal, N.



Slope Stability Undercutting Arching Open-Pit Mines


This paper reviews a successful case history where applications of numerical predictions for a massive excavation were undertaken for both Class A and Class B predictions. Forming a stable arch across the pit of an open-pit mine is beneficial to the design of an undercut slope. However, predicting t...

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Ex-Post Evaluation of Countermeasures Against Residual Settlement of an Ultra-Soft Peaty Ground Due to Test Embankment Loading: A Case Study in Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway in Japan

Tashiro, M., Kawaida, M., Inagaki, M., Yamada, S., Noda, T.



residual settlement soft ground embankment loading clay peat soil structure SYS Cam-clay model soil-water coupled analysis ex-post evaluation


Before the construction of the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway in Japan, a test embankment was constructed in 2006 on ultra-soft ground containing an approximately 50 m thick, soft peat layer with N-values of 0 to 1, and large-scale settlement over 11 m was observed within 4 years after loading. Numerical...

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Identification of Material Parameters by Particle Filter Using Observation Data Obtained during Construction of Rock-Fill Dam

Tanenaga, E., Fujisawa, K., Murakami, A.



Data assimilation Parameter identification Particle filter Rock-fill dam


When an earth dam is constructed, the mechanical behavior must be monitored in order to realize and confirm the safe construction of the dam. In addition, a numerical analysis is commonly conducted before and during the construction to predict the future behavior of the structure. Often, however, no...

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Numerical Analysis of a Top-Down Constructed Deep Basement with Diaphragm Walls in Barangaroo, Sydney - A Case Study

Parsa-Pajouh, A., Azari, B., Mirlatifi, S., Buys, H., Cullen, I.



Diaphragm wall deep excavation top-down construction numerical analysis 3D effect corner effect instrumentation monitoring tall buildings


Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, is located at Barangaroo South alongside Sydney Harbor on the western side of Sydney’s business district. This building is being developed as a single mixed-use high-rise tower of 72 stories, rising over a multi-level podium and a 3-level basement car park. The tower...

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Design, Construction, and Back-Analysis of a Deep Underground Parking Garage in an Urban Environment

Creten, S., Verbraken, H., François, S., Bauduin, C.



Deep excavations Inclinometers Diaphragm Walls Dewatering Urban Environment Back-analysis


This paper studies the deformations caused by a deep excavation in an urban environment. The case study involves an underground parking garage in the historical center of the Dutch town of Leiden, characterized by a high water level and soil layers containing clay, silt, and peat. The design of this...

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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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