The spatial variability of soil properties influences material behaviour and the performance of geotechnical structures. It also leads to uncertainty in design, because one can never be certain about what the ground conditions are at every location across a site. This presentation introduces the concept and implications of spatial variability, and illustrates some of the opportunities afforded by utilising the Random Finite Element Method (RFEM). In particular, it considers the use of RFEM in analysing slope reliability for linear infrastructures and in providing a reliability-based explanation of characteristic values in Eurocode 7.
26.04.2023, 4:00 pm