Reinforced Soil Engineering


Reinforced Soil Engineering

This book consists of 25 chapters focusing on the latest developments in
reinforced soil technology. These chapters address geotechnical earthquake
issues, as well as applications and case histories from several countries. Several
chapters are based on presentations given during the Columbia Workshop (the
International Workshop on Seismic Design of Reinforced Soil Structures).
The Columbia Workshop was part of a project called “Seismic Performance
and Design of Reinforced Soil Structures with Reference to Lessons
Learned from the 1999 Earthquakes of Taiwan and Turkey,” which was funded
by the Geotechnical Program of the National Science Foundation (PIs: Hoe
I. Ling and Dov Leshchinsky; Grant No. CMS-0084449; Program Director:
Dr. Richard J. Fragaszy). The workshop was a 1 1
2 -day event featuring speakers
and panelists from leading institutions in the United States, Canada, Japan,

Taiwan, and Turkey. About 40 researchers and engineers attended the workshop.
The study of seismic performance of reinforced soil structures has
received much attention since the 1995 Kobe earthquake, and especially since
the failures reported during the 1999 Ji-Ji earthquake in Taiwan. In recent years,
the National Science Foundation and some state departments of transportation
have initiated research projects on this subject. In Japan, works were initiated by
various groups of researchers at academic institutions and government agencies.
However, there has been rather limited discussion among the researchers
working on this subject. Therefore, the need arose to document lessons learned
from past experience, to share knowledge about ongoing achievements in this
field, and to allow for intensive discussion by identifying problems noted and
data gathered.

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