Analyzing Uncertainty in Civil Engineering

Editors: Fellin, W., Lessmann, H., Oberguggenberger, M., Vieider, R. (Eds.)

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This volume addresses the issue of uncertainty in civil engineering from design to construction. Failures do occur in practice. Attributing them to a residual system risk or a faulty execution of the project does not properly cover the range of causes. A closer scrutiny of the adopted design, the engineering model, the data, the soil-construction-interaction and the model assumptions is required. Usually, the uncertainties in initial and boundary conditions are abundant. Current engineering practice often leaves these issues aside, despite the fact that new scientific tools have been developed in the past decades that allow a rational description of uncertainties of all kinds, from model uncertainty to data uncertainty. It is the aim of this volume to have a critical look at current engineering risk concepts in order to raise awareness of uncertainty in numerical computations, shortcomings of a strictly probabilistic safety concept, geotechnical models of failure mechanisms and their implications for construction management, execution, and the juristic question of responsibility. In addition, a number of the new procedures for modelling uncertainty are explained. The book is a result of a collaborate effort of mathematicians, engineers and construction managers who met regularly in a post graduate seminar at the University of Innsbruck during the past years.

Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Assessment of characteristic shear strength parameters of soil and its implication in geotechnical design

    Wolfgang Fellin

    Pages 1-15

  • Queueing models with fuzzy data in construction management

    Michael Oberguggenberger

    Pages 197-210

  • Fuzzy models in geotechnical engineering and construction management

    Thomas Fetz, Johannes Jäger, David Köll, Günther Krenn, Heimo Lessmann, Michael Oberguggenberger, Rudolf F. Stark

    Pages 211-239

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Analyzing Uncertainty in Civil Engineering
Editors
  • Wolfgang Fellin
  • Heimo Lessmann
  • Michael Oberguggenberger
  • Robert Vieider
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-26847-5
DOI
10.1007/b138177
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-22246-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-06078-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 242
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