Failure Analysis & Rehabilitation

Failure Analysis & Rehabilitation

Geocomp assesses the changes in soil properties and geological conditions at the site in order to identify the causes of the failure and make rehabilitation recommendations. Causes of failure often include excessive excavation, violation of construction procedure, generation of excessive pore water pressure by earlier piling work nearby, and sudden water-level fluctuation in front of the slope.

Our Services

  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Repair
  • Dispute Resolution Support

Representative Projects Project Showcase »

Katrina Litigation

Katrina Litigation, New Orleans

Dr. W. Allen Marr provided pivotal expert witness testimony, regarding the cause of floodwall breaches that caused inundation of the News Orleans Lower Ninth Ward.

Geocomp engineers assisted Dr. Marr in his evaluation with extensive analyses of global stability groundwater flow and deformations caused by the hydraulic loading of the flood wall. The work involved an extensive, collaborative site investigation and testing program to define the physical and mechanical characteristics of the soils in the EBIA.

The Colony at White Pine Canyon

The Colony at White Pine Canyon, Utah

Geocomp provided a systematic approach to evaluate the condition of all the retaining walls focusing on determining the thickness of the wire and evaluating the corrosion degradation rate. Statistical analyses from the data and reliability analyses are used to understand failure and predict remaining wall life. A program of linear polarization measurements has been initiated to help establish project specific corrosion rates over the long term.

Chicago's TARP Tunnel

Chicago's TARP Tunnel, Illinois

Geocomp analyzed and determined that excessive loads on concrete cars for the work at the Chicago's Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) tunnel project were causing tire failure and posing a major threat to project schedule and cost. Geocomp installed strain gauges on the wheel supports which indicated overload and caused failure of the wheels. Geocompss finite element analysis (FEA) resulted in the development of a revised wheel geometry and polyurethane molding process.

The Oosterschelde Project

The Oosterschelde Project, Holland

Geocomp served as a member of the Consulting Board providing consultation, analytical studies of stability and deformations, selection of soil properties, and evaluation of design. This was one of the first projects in which finite element method (FEM) was used to determine permanent displacements resulting from cyclic loads. The research team used this information to develop analytical models to predict failure or permanent displacement of the dam structures from cyclic loading by storm tides and waves.