Influence of spatial variability on rock slope reliability using 1-D random fields

Lysandros Pantelidis, Elias Gravanis, D. V. Griffiths

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In this work, the theory of random fields is used to account for the influence of spatial variability on slope reliability. Within this framework the friction coefficient along a discontinuity is treated as a Gaussian random field which is fully described by its mean value, standard deviation and spatial correlation length. The random field is simulated using the Local Average Subdivision (LAS) method. As shown by the examples presented herein, the spatial correlation of shear strength along a failure plane can have an important influence on slope performance, as expressed by the failure probability. This is a significant observation since ignoring the influence of spatial correlation in design may lead to non-conservative estimations of slope reliability. The planar mode of failure is considered. .

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationLandslide Processes
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783319090573
ISBN (Print)9783319090566
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Local Average Subdivision
  • Random Fields
  • Rock Slope
  • Slope Reliability
  • Spatial Variability


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