Rankine Lecture 2015 Repeat: Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice, Glasgow

15 March, 2016 | 18:40 - 20:00

A repeat of the 55th Rankine Lecture by Dr Suzanne Lacasse.
A repeat of the 55th Rankine Lecture by Dr Suzanne Lacasse.

About this event

An updated repeat of the prestigious 55th BGA Rankine Lecture by Dr Suzanne Lacasse of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute.

Dr Lacasse will revisit her 2015 Rankine Lecture to convince you that you can implement, with benefit, concepts of hazard, risk and reliability to assist in design, decision-making and engineering recommendations.

After an overview of the basic concepts, the lecture will discuss the advances of hazard, risk and reliability in geotechnical engineering, and will explain several "real life" case studies. She will add new cases studies to replace some of those used in the original 55th Rankine lecture.

The contributions of risk assessment and management to geotechnical engineering, the strengths and drawbacks of the approach and issues such as tolerable and acceptable risk, perception of risk and cascading hazards will be discussed. The lecture will show how interaction with other disciplines is part of providing a soundly engineered solution.


For further information, please contact:

Ross Turnbull
e: ross.turnbull@ch2m.com

Sandwiches and refreshments will be available from 6.00pm for a 6.40pm start.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Dr Suzanne Lacasse

Dr Suzanne Lacasse is Canadian and lives in Norway. She is Technical Director at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI). She was Managing Director of NGI from 1991 to 2011.

Dr Lacasse first focused her work on laboratory techniques, in-situ investigation methods and soil behaviour modelling studies. She then worked on foundation engineering and design, slope stability and the development of calculation procedures for offshore structures. She concentrated on combining mathematical and numerical analyses with practical geotechnical engineering design methods. She then developed and applied probability, reliability and risk concepts to assist in foundation design and decision-making.

Dr Lacasse gave invited keynote lectures in over 30 countries, and she is author or co-author of 300 papers. She gave ASCE's 37th Terzaghi Lecture on Offshore Geotechnics (2001) and ISSMGE's 8th Terzaghi Oration on Slope Stability (2013). Dr Lacasse received many awards, including PhDs Honoris Causa from the University of Dundee and from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.