YMC Webinar: Performance-based seismic assessment of slopes: simplified, FDM-small deformation, and MPM-large deformation analysis

Friday, September 29, 2023
10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time

This webinar will present a review of the existing methods to assess the seismic performance of slopes. First, the simplified models developed based on Newmark stick-slip blocks that are applicable to different tectonic settings (shallow crustal, interface, and subduction) will be briefly discussed. Then, the use of FDM-based small deformation analysis will be illustrated through a case study. Finally, the recent numerical developments implemented in a large deformation framework, such as the Material Point Method, for the simulation of the overall failure process (including post-failure runout will be presented.


  • Dr. Alba Yerro is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech. Her primary research is on the study of slope failures and soil-water-structure interaction problems involving large deformations.
  • Dr. Jorge Macedo is the Frederick Olmsted Early Career Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Macedo’s main research areas are geotechnical earthquake engineering, data-driven risk engineering applied to multi-hazards, and mining geotechnics.
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