Uncertainty and Ground Conditions: A Risk Management Approach


  • Martin Th. van Staveren, Director at GeoDelft, Lecturer at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands Email: M.Th.vanStaveren@GeoDelft.nl

All civil engineering and construction projects require some sort of solid foundation, but ground conditions bring some degree of uncertainty to every project. Dealing properly with uncertainty over ground conditions can make the difference between the commercial success and failure of a project.With margins in the construction industry at historic lows, and with costs of failing to accurately predict ground conditions becoming increasingly high, the importance of proper management of the variety of ground-related risk is paramount.Risk management has demonstrated its value in many industries, but the full lessons of that experience has not yet fully reached all aspects of civil engineering. In particular the importance of individuals and their own awareness of risks and how to manage them has often been overlooked.Martin van Staveren has written a new kind of book on ground risk management. Based on many years of professional experience and proven risk management techniques, Uncertainty and Ground Conditions demonstrates how to ensure the construction and civil engineering projects succeed in delivering on time and on budget.
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The main target readership is civil engineering professionals who deal with subsoil, such as construction managers, project planners, project designers, geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists. A secondary target group is graduate students studying subsoil construction topics.


Book information

  • Published: July 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6958-0

Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Construction Industry – Challenges and opportunitiesFrom Uncertainty, Risk and Ground to GeoQIndividuals and RiskTeams and RiskClients, Society and RiskThe GeoQ Ground Risk Management ProcessGeoQ in the feasibility phaseGeoQ in the pre-design phaseGeoQ in the design phaseGeoQ in the contracting phaseGeoQ in the construction phaseGeoQ in the maintenance phaseTo end with a new startReferences