earth and environmental sciences
Alfredo Urzua, Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Soil Mechanics, Earthquake Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Groundwater Flow
Current Graduate Students and Projects
Earthquake and Building Sesponse Spectra
M.S. Alumni and Projects
Wedge Failure Analyses Considering the Effects of Pore Pressure and Anisotrophy-Theory and Examples. (2007)
Steady State Seepage through a Homogeneous Isotropic Earth Dam with Vertical Sides Overlying an Impermeable Boundary. (2005)
Estimating Flow and Pore Pressure in Open Pit Mines. (2005)
Animated Concepts of Soil Mechanics. (2003)
Parametric Study of Confined Flow Under an Impervious Concrete Dam. (2003)
Applications of Reliability Analysis to Slope Stability Problems. (2000)
Evaluation of the Dynamic Properties of Soil Cement as they Relate to Unconfined Compressive Strength. (1999)
An Examination of Lateral Displacement in Sanitary Landfills due to Seismic Loading. (1996)
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.