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

Masonry Arch Bridges with Reinforced Soil Spandrel Walls

Jones, C. J., Doulala-Rigby, C.



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In the United Kingdom, most masonry arch bridges were built before the beginning of the twentieth century and many are more than 250 years old and of architectural significance. Masonry arch bridges are simple structures with a stone or brick arch supporting outer spandrel walls infilled with soil o...

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Segmental Retaining Wall Reinforced with Geogrids, in New Hospital Works (Salamanca, Spain)

Rodríguez Martínez, M. T., Amo Sanz, P.



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The construction of a new hospital, located by the river Tormes in the Spanish city of Salamanca, involved the expansion of roads and the construction of a new way of access to the complex, as well as a large retaining wall to bridge the gap between them and the river level. The project original sol...

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Vertical Expansion of Residential Land Using Reinforced Earth Walls – Case Study of Cerro Artola

Conesa, S., González, F. E.



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This paper shows how mechanically reinforced earth walls are used to extend land vertically for housing development in residential highlands, where abrupt orography changes and scarce constructible surfaces limit the use of conventional retaining systems due to cost overruns. Alternatively, reinforc...

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Drainage Reinforced Geocomposite for Marginal and Cohesive Slopes and Walls

Brusa, N., Naughton, P., Rimoldi, P.



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Most practitioners and engineers who currently design walls and slopes still prefer to work with high quality and well graded granular fill as backfill. However, as we move towards a Net Zero world, engineers can make a significant difference and act to help reduce carbon emissions within projects a...

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The D4R7 Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls in Bratislava, Slovakia

Gil, E., Serrano, C., Pereira, C., Osso, P., Lima, J., Damians, I. P.



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This paper presents the extensive use of reinforced soil retaining walls in the D4-Motorway and R7-Expressway Project in Bratislava (Slovakia). The D4R7 Project, with a total of 47,100 m2 of total facing area among all 60 reinforced soil wall structures involved, corresponds to one of the largest me...

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The Introduction of MSE Wall Elements into the BIM Technology: The S7 Skomielna Biala – Chabowka Project of an MSE Abutment in Poland

Trovato, F., Lugli, G., Intrevado, G.



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Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology is a well-known methodology within the construction industry. However, it appears as a relatively new concept for geotechnical engineering structures where it has not yet reached a good level of soundness. BIM processes for structural engineering are ba...

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Liquefaction Ejecta Case Histories for 2010-11 Canterbury Earthquakes

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



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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.



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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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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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