HUMAN FACTORS IN CIVIL AND GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING FAILURES. DISCUSSION AND CLOSURE

A discussion of a paper with the aforementioned title by George F. Sowers, published in this journal (Volume 119, Number 2, February 1993), is presented. The discussion focuses on the use of Idaho loess as a core material for the Teton Dam, which failed in 1976. Rogers, Dijkstra, and Smalley assert that the decision to use loess at this dam site was ignorant and based on limited external knowledge. They further suggest that human error will continue until the civil engineering educational system changes to include Quaternary geology and a broader geotechnical vision of the world. Discussion is followed by closure from the author.

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  • English

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  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: p. 1446-49
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  • Accession Number: 00665998
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 11 1994 12:00AM