Conference Dates

June 18-21, 2006


The demand for estimating landslide hazard has evolved during the last decade. Landslides are characterised among the most severe natural hazards, which can cause casualties, fatalities, harm or detriment in natural and man-made environment.

In the first part of this paper the results of the research conducted on slope deformation due to seismic loading are presented. According to field observations deformation and displacement of natural and man-made slopes in strong earthquakes are common phenomena, even though they are associated to moderate magnitude seismic events. These permanent displacements are due to seismic loading, and are produced because the material, through which acceleration pulses have to travel before reaching the ground surface, has a finite strength, and stresses induced by strong earthquakes may overcome this strength limit and bring about failure. Many methods were developed in order to assess the earthquake induced ground displacements due to seismic energy flow. We applied the simplified Newmark’s model, in order to study the problem of slope stability estimation and induced permanent deformations.

In the current paper, the outcome of the studies attached to slope stability estimation under static and dynamic conditions considering the factors controlling safety conditions is introduced. These principal factors were first introduced to an artificial neural network and the estimated factor of safety and displacement were subsequently implemented in a geographical information system. A software tool was developed in order to produce landslide hazard maps due to static and dynamic loading, implementing failure criteria.

In the second part, the results of the investigation of slope hydrology conditions in slope stability are presented. In these cases the factor of safety decreases due to prolonged precipitation and eventually the slope may fail. A parametric study of the effect of suction zone in slope stability of unsaturated soils is examined. This study focuses on slope behaviour under rainfall conditions.