Serviceability limit state for probabilistic characterization of excavation-induced building damage

M. J. Schuster, C. H. Juang, M. J.S. Roth, E. C.L. Hsiao, G. T.C. Kung

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The serviceability limit state for excavation-induced building damage, interpreted from the chart and database developed by Son and Cording, is analyzed probabilistically herein with the application of Bayesian mapping and reliability methods. The damage is referred to herein as the violation of serviceability requirements such as exceeding the threshold principal strain. The probability of damage is obtained using both reliability methods and a Bayesian mapping function. The Bayesian mapping function is established empirically based on the distributions of principal strains in the cases examined by Son and Cording, and is used to calibrate the uncertainty of the limit state model. With known model and parameter uncertainties, reliability analysis using the first order reliability method can be performed and the probability of damage can be determined. Criteria for interpreting the calculated probability of damage are presented. Copyright ASCE 2007.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17
Number of pages1
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number170
StatePublished - 2007
EventGeo-Denver 2007: New Peaks in Geotechnics - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 18 Feb 200721 Feb 2007


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