Engineers Australia

Geotechnical risk: It’s not only the ground

Chris Bridges

Abstract

A significant amount of geotechnical risk discussion relates to ground model development and the identification of geotechnical hazards. However, there is a considerable amount of risk hidden in the interpretation of parameters, design methods adopted, software used, and even the team members chosen for a project. This paper presents a discussion on these challenges and highlights the need for better communication of risk to other designers, contractors and clients. Technical and team management recommendations are made.