Realising a technical-engineering creation is usually a complex process, a joint outcome of cooperating experts. This type of work is rather burdened with a certain amount of risks, therefore needs a thoughtful attention. Without this - let the reason be either ignorance, shallowness, irresponsibility, disorganization, lack of necessary funding, or even plethoric power of persons or bodies of any types – the systems built can cause serious damage. In some cases an implementation can result in large amount of financial loss and/or can critically hurt life of human beings.
This book is a compilation of cases of physical damages, focusing on construction engineering and – essentially – demonstrating geotechnical problems, damages and solutions. The aim has been to give a working knowledge of geotechnical engineering, thus the case selection is subjective. The initial base for the collection takes its origin from the content of the workshop organized in Budapest, September 2010 by ISSMGE TC302, the Forensic Geotechnical Engineering Committee with the title “Failures, Disputes, Causes and Solutions in Geotechnics”.Majority of the selection is coming from this workshop, mainly summarizing experiences of Hungarian geotechnical engineers, but with adding some colour with more, invited papers having similar topic.
John Endicott: Nicoll highway tunnel collapse,SingaporeJózsef Mecsi: Some observations on the construction of the M6 motorway tunnels
László Nagy: Dike failures statistics in the Carpatian BasinIstván Lazányi:Treatment of slope failures on flood protection dikes – a race against timeLászló Nagy: Dike breaches causing hydraulic structure failure
József Mecsi: Some technical aspects of an red mud reservoir embankment failure
Peter Turček, Monika Súľovská: Influence of groundwater on the stability of slopesJózsef Farkas: Surface displacements prevention and reconstruction
Róbert Szepesházi: Failures, Disputes, Causes and Solutions in Hungarian Geotechnics
Dhirendra S. Saxena (Sax): Legal Process and JurisprudenceGyörgy Gabos: The examination of damage cases through the eyes of a forensic expert
Péter Scharle: Forensic case studies in the education –the ethical perspective
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