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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Alfredo Urzua

earth and environmental sciences

Alfredo Urzua

Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Phone: 617-552-3640


Geotechnical Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Groundwater Flow



M.S. Alumni and Projects

Richard Silver
Unsaturated Flow Analysis of Heap Leach Soils. (2013)

Margela Andrews
Wedge Failure Analyses Considering the Effects of Pore Pressure and Anisotrophy-Theory and Examples. (2007)

Andrew Gobeil
Steady State Seepage through a Homogeneous Isotropic Earth Dam with Vertical Sides Overlying an Impermeable Boundary. (2005)

Esteban Hormazabal
Estimating Flow and Pore Pressure in Open Pit Mines. (2005)

Daniel Lacz
Animated Concepts of Soil Mechanics. (2003)

Ashling Petro-Roy
Parametric Study of Confined Flow Under an Impervious Concrete Dam. (2003)

Jennifer Riela
Applications of Reliability Analysis to Slope Stability Problems. (2000)

Johnston Huntress
Evaluation of the Dynamic Properties of Soil Cement as they Relate to Unconfined Compressive Strength. (1999)

David Rose
An Examination of Lateral Displacement in Sanitary Landfills due to Seismic Loading. (1996)

Selected Publications

Urzua, A., Christian, J.T., 2014, Displacements from the 2014 Inquique M8.2 Earthquake and M7.7 Aftershock Added to a Sliding Displacement Model. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, published online October 27, 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001238.

Urzua, A., Christian, J.T., Silva, R. Bonani, A., 2014, Rational Selection of Critical Acceleration Factors for Sliding Stability. Engineering Geology, 183: 241-246.

Urzua, A., Christian, J.T., 2013, Sliding Displacements due to Subduction-zone Earthquakes. Engineering Geology, 166: 237-244.

Urzua, A. and Ebel, J.E., 2005, WEBSHAKE: An Internet Tool to Perform Frequency Domain Level Ground Amplification Studies, Seismological Research Letters, 76, 117.

Ebel, J.E., Urzua, A., and Britton, J., The Effect of Local Surficial Geology on the Ground Motions of Future Earthquakes in Boston, Massachusetts: A Comparison with Seismic Codes, October 2004, 57th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, GEOQUEBEC, Seesion 6C, pp. 10-16.

Hayles, K.E., Ebel, J.E., and A. Urzua, 2001, Microtremor Measurements to Obtain Resonant Frequencies and Ground Shaking Amplification for Soil Sites in Boston, MA. Civil Engineering Practice, vol. 16, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2001.