Advanced site monitoring and characterization of site dynamic properties

V. M. Mercado, M. Zeghal, T. Abdoun

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This paper reports on an ongoing research program to develop a capability to: (1) measure cyclic and permanent displacements of field sites, and (2) characterize and estimate the three-dimensional in situ dynamic properties (at low and large strains) of sites for strata ranging from ground surface to a depth of about 30 m. A number of shape-acceleration arrays (SSA) have been installed at the NEES Wildlife Refuge area to monitor the site low-strain response as well as earthquake induced liquefaction, permanent deformation and lateral spreading. This array provides accurate dense measurements of permanent three-dimensional displacements along with three-dimensional accelerations. The installed array recorded moderate site accelerations during the M L=7.2 Baja California earthquake of April 04, 2010. This paper presents: (1) preliminary one-dimensional analyses of the recorded Wildlife Refuge site response during this earthquake, and (2) an overview of a new multidimensional data reduction and identification technique for a systematic advanced site characterization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeo-Frontiers 2011
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference
Number of pages11
Edition211 GSP
StatePublished - 2011
EventGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2011Mar 16 2011

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number211 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


  • Earthquakes
  • Monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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