From probabilistic site characterization to risk assessment in geoengineering.

Site characterization is a challenging task due to the heterogeneity of soils and rocks and their spatial variability. Over the years, different methods such as geostatistical tools, Bayesian methods, and artificial intelligence approaches have been adopted to exploit large univariate and multivariate databases to support site characterization for the purpose of reliability-based design and decision making. In addition, the site-specific response to natural hazards can be predicted through probabilistic and statistical approaches in order to assess the risk related to structural damage and life loss.

Nowadays, practitioners and local authorities are aware of the importance of probabilistic site characterizations and risk assessment, especially when multiple types of investigations need to be combined for design and decision making.

This Technical Committees Workshop in Wroclaw 2021 aims to serve as a forum where researchers and practitioners can share their experiences in probabilistic site characterization as well as in risk assessment, emphasizing in quantification of variabilities and uncertainties, estimation of design parameters, and prediction of hazards and risks.

Our workshop will include panel discussions among different stakeholders, excellent keynote lectures, special and theme sessions in what we hope to be a most lively event encouraging discussion on challenging topics.


Looking forward to meeting you in Poland on 15-17 March 2021 !

Conference Topics

  • Statistical and probabilistic approaches to site characterization 
  • Soil and rock databases and their use in geotechnical research and practice 
  • Modelling of spatial variability in soil and rock 
  • Modelling of transformation uncertainty and effects on geotechnical design 
  • Bayesian methods in geotechnical engineering; 
  • Geostatistical methods for site characterization; 
  • Assessment of uncertainty associated with laboratory and on-site data collection: how could it affect geological and geotechnical characterization? 
  • The aid of geological knowledge to geotechnical subsoil characterization and design 
  • Hydraulic subsoil parametrization to define groundwater flow and contaminants’ transport in subsoil: stochastic approach vs. numerical modeling 
  • Landslide risk and urban development: from engineering geology knowledge to geotechnical design 
  • Geotechnical and environmental monitoring to reduce risk in sites exposed to natural and anthropogenic hazards 
  • Uncertainty propagation from measured to designing variables  
  • Reliability-based geotechnical design codes and cost-performance optimization