Geotechnical uncertainties and reliability-based assessments of dykes

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This thesis utilises the random finite element method (RFEM) to provide practical guidance and tools for geotechnical engineers to account for the influence of soil spatial variability. This has involved: (a) practical insight and guidance on the choice of characteristic soil property values and scales of fluctuation; (b) a robust approach to reliability assessment and design that obviates the need for explicit calculation of characteristic values; and (c) the benchmarking and improving of simpler analysis tools.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Hicks, M.A., Supervisor
  • Vardon, P.J., Supervisor
Award date24 Sep 2020
Print ISBNs978-94-6366-298-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Hetereogeneity
  • Reliability
  • RFEM
  • Slope stability
  • Statistical analysis


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