Determination of stochastic shear strength parameters of a real landslide by back analysis

Document Type : Original Research Article


Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz, Iran


One of the most hazardous phenomena leading to enormous monetary loss and threatening human life is slope instability. The major contributors to such disasters are slope geometry, slope material strength, geohydrological condition, structural discontinuity, weathering, development of weak zones, lithological disturbance, and heavy rainfall. As the accuracy of parameters obtained from geotechnical investigations is vital for a practical understanding of the geotechnical project, the back analysis is a pragmatic approach to forecast and control landslide and slope instability. The current paper presents a stochastic back analysis of a recent landslide near a highway located in the south of Iran. Some background information has been gathered through air photos, field observations, and photographs indicating slope failure is pretty recent, and some boreholes were drilled to obtain the required geotechnical parameters of the soil media. Due to the uncertainties in these parameters, the stochastic back analysis approach was adopted. To this end, soil strength parameters have been calculated using the FEM program coded in MATLAB. Results that properly aligned with the findings of the post-event investigations showed a computationally more efficient back analysis approach. The improved knowledge of the geotechnical strength parameters gained through the stochastic back analysis better elucidated the slope failure mechanism, which provides a basis for a more rational selection of remedial measures.


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