External Geologic-Hazards and Geotechnical Publications

A brief list of non-Utah Geological Survey publications that contain background information and investigation techniques about geologic-hazards and geotechnical engineering for professionals practicing in Utah. Links to digital copies in the public domain are provided where available.

Field Methods

General Geologic Hazards

Debris Flows

  • Prochaska, A.B., Santi, P.M., and Higgins, J.D., 2008, Debris basin and deflection berm design for fire-related debris-flow mitigation: Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, v. XIV, n 4, p. 297-313.

Earthquakes and Surface Fault Rupture

Geotechnical Engineering



  • Idriss, I.M., and Boulanger, R.W., 2008, Soil liquefaction during earthquakes: Oakland, California, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Monograph MNO-12, 262 p.
  • Martin, G.R., and Lew, M., editors, 1999, Recommended procedures for implementation of DMG Special Publication 117, Guidelines for analyzing and mitigating liquefaction in California: Los Angeles, Southern California Earthquake Center, 63 p.
  • Olsen, M.J., Bartlett, S.F., and Solomon, B.J., 2007, Lateral spread hazard mapping of the Northern Salt Lake Valley, Utah, for a M7.0 scenario earthquake: Earthquake Spectra, v. 23, i. 1, p. 95-113.
  • Power, M., Chiou, B., Abrahamson, N., Bozorgnia, Y., Shantz, T., and Roblee, C., 2008, An overview of the NGA [Next Generation of Ground-Motion Attenuation Models] project: Earthquake Spectra, v. 24, i. 1, p. 3-21.
  • Seed, R.B., Cetin, K.O., Moss, R.E.S., Kammerer, A.M., Wu, J.P., Pestana, J.M., Riemer, M.F., Sancio, R.B., Bray, J.D., Kayen, R.E., and Faris, A., 2003,Recent advances in soil liquefaction engineering – a unified and consistent framework: Berkeley, University of California, Earthquake Engineering Research Center Report, 2003-06, 71 p.
  • Youd, T.L., Hansen, C.M., and Bartlett, S.F., 1999, Revised MLR equations for predicting lateral spread displacement: Proceedings, 7th U.S.-Japan Workshop on Earthquake Resistant Design of Lifeline Facilities and Countermeasures Against Liquefaction, Seattle, Washington, Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research Technical Report MCEER-99-0019, p. 99-114.
  • Youd, T.L., and Idriss, I.M., co-chairman, and Andrus, R.D., Arango, I., Castro, G., Christian, J.T., Dorby, R., Finn Liam, W.D., Harder, L.F., Jr., Hynes, M.E., Ishiara, K., Koester, J.P., Liao, S.S.C., Macuson, W.F., III, Martin, G.R., Mitchell, J.K., Moriwaki, Y., Power, M.S., Roberston, P.K., Seed, R.B., and Stokoe, K.H., 2001, Liquefaction resistance of soils – summary report from 1996 NCEER and 1998 NCEER/NSF workshops on evaluation of liquefaction resistance of soils: American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, v. 127, no. 10, p. 817-833.

Problem Soils

  • Nelson, J.D., and Miller, D.J., 1997, Expansive soils – problems and practice in foundation and pavement engineering: New York, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 288 p.


Slope Stability/Rock Mechanics

  • Goodman, R.E., 1988, Introduction to rock mechanics, second edition: New York, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 576 p.
  • Hoek, E., 2006, Practical rock engineering: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Evert Hoek Consulting Engineer, Inc., variously paginated.
  • Wyllie, D.C., and Mah, C., 2004, Rock slope engineering, fourth edition: Oxon, United Kingdom, Taylor and Francis, 456 p.

Soil Mechanics

  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 1986, Soil Mechanics, Design Manual 7.01: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, variously paginated.

Wasatch Fault Geologic Maps and Publications