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Title: Reliability analysis of geotechnical infrastructures : introduction
Authors: Zhang, Wengang
Goh, Anthony Teck Chee
Keywords: Engineering::Civil engineering
Reliability Analysis
Geotechnical Infrastructures
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Zhang, W., & Goh, A. T. C. (2018). Reliability analysis of geotechnical infrastructures : introduction. Geoscience Frontiers, 9(6), 1595-1596. doi:10.1016/j.gsf.2018.01.001
Series/Report no.: Geoscience Frontiers
Abstract: In the design of geotechnical infrastructure, engineers have to deal with naturally occurring soils and rocks which are subjected to spatial variability as well as other uncertainties such as errors in measurement and in modeling methods. Reliability assessment which provides a systematic approach for quantifying the risk of failure has been shown to be a promising tool for solving these challenging geotechnical engineering problems. The method provides a more consistent measure of the level of safety or “structural reliability” through the evaluation of a reliability index and the associated “failure” probability, and is a method that satisfies the need to clearly convey safety issues to the public and regulatory authorities. Various methods for calculating the reliability of geotechnical infrastructures with regard to the assessment of the ultimate and serviceability limit states have been proposed by many researchers and these approaches include: the direct Monte Carlo Simulation, Bayesian and other sampling techniques, the first-order reliability method and the second-order reliability method, the random field method, the response surface method and other surrogate models with the related probabilistic procedures.
ISSN: 1674-9871
DOI: 10.1016/j.gsf.2018.01.001
Schools: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Rights: © 2018, China University of Geosciences (Beijing) and Peking University. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NCND license (
Fulltext Permission: open
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