GEORGE GAZETAS

Professor of Soil Mechanics / Dynamics
School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University, Athens , Greece
Tel.: 0030 210 772 40 75, Fax : +30 210 772 24 05 / e-mail: gazetas@ath.forthnet.gr

EDUCATION

Diploma in Civil Engineering National Technical University of Athens, Greece (NTUA): [1973 ]
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): [1975]
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) : [1976]

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Assistant Professor, [1978-81]
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY, Associate Professor, [1981-85]
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Professor of Civil Engineering, [1989-93]
  • National Technical Univ., Athens, Professor of Soil Mechanics, [1985-present]

International HONORS and AWARDS

  • Alfred Noble Prize (ASCE, ASME, AIM, IEEE) : 1982
  • James Croes Medal (American Society of Civil Engineers [ASCE]) : 1985
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (ASCE) : 1988
  • Shamsher Prakash Research Award (S. Prakash Research Foundation) : 1990
  • T. K. Hsieh Award (Institution of Civil Engineers, London) : 1997
  • Distinguished Lecturer Award (Japanese Society of Civil Engineers [JSCE]) : 2002
  • Distinguished Lecturer Award, “Athenian” series of international biennial lectures (Hellenic Society of Soil Mechanics) : 2004
  • The “Coulomb” Lecturer for 2009 (French Association of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering)
  • T. K. Hsieh Award 2009 (Institution of Civil Engineers, London)
  • Selected as the next “ Ishihara Lecturer” for the 18th International Conference, Paris 2013

List of MAJOR PROFESSIONAL (State-of-the-Art) PROJECTS

in which he acted as one of the following : Consultant; Referee; Checker ; Analyst; Forensic Engineer:

  • Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (USA), 1985 – 89: Seismic re-evaluation ; emphasis on soil-structure interaction (SSI) and ground motion issues
  • Messochora Rockfill Dam, (Greece), 19988 –89 : 3D Seismic analysis; novel design concepts
  • LNG Storage Tanks, Revithousa (Greece), 1992 – 94 : Seismic design of base isolation, fault rupture issues
  • Brunsbüttel Nuclear Power Plant (Germany), 1993 – 98 : Seismic evaluation of 230-piled deep foundation in extremely soft soil; effect of blast accident
  • Maliakos Straits Immersed Tunnel (Greece), 1997 – 98 : Seismic analysis of immersed tunnel soil interaction
  • Stratoni Tailings Dams of TVX (Greece), 1999 –01 : Geotechnical reconnaissance, seismic analysis defense against fault rupturing ; improvement measures
  • Williamsburg Bridge N.Y. (USA) 1999 – 00 : Seismic evaluation and upgrading; emphasis on soil-foundation interaction
  • Tagus Bridge, Lisbon (Portugal), 1995 : Seismic re-evaluation and upgrading; emphasis on seismic behaviour of the huge (89 m tall)
  • pier, embedded 54 m into soft soil

  • Ohba-Ohashi Bridge (Japan), 1990 –94: Seismic analysis of recorded behaviour; research on seismic response of piles
  • Corinth Canal [Isthmos ] Bridge (Greece), 1993 – 95 : Seismic design of deep caissons next to slope in precarious equilibrium
  • Hartepool Nuclear Station (U.K.), 1996 : Evaluation of seismic adequacy of piled foundation.
  • Silo Nuclear Waste Retrieval Building, Sellafield (U.K.), 2001 : Seismic verification of alternative solutions : mini-pile and caisson foundation
  • Calatrava Arched Roof of Olympic Stadium (Athens), 2003 – 04 : Foundation Design under Extreme Condition
  • Shaft of the opening Ceremony, 2004 Olympic Games (Athens), 2003 – 04 : Temporary excavation support of 25 m deep shaft, under extremely tight deadlines.
  • New Quito Int. Airport Control Tower (Ecuador ; Canada / U.K.), 2008 : Seismic overturning / sliding of slender tower on difficult (collapsible) soil

RESEARCH and PUBLICATIONS

Researcher in the fields of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Soil Mechanics and Soil Structure Interaction. Author or Co-author of :

  • 160 papers in International (refereed) Journals
  • 17 chapters in Books and Special Publications
  • 2 research Monographs
  • 200 papers in Volumes of Conference Proceedings.

SELECTION of some major State-of-the-Art PUBLICATIONS

  1. Gazetas G., “Analysis of Machine Foundation Vibrations: State of theArt”, International Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 2, pp. 2− 43, 1983, (Keynote Lecture at the 1st Int. Conf. on Soil Dyn. & Earthq. Engrg., Southampton, July 13 − 15, 1982.) [73 citations]
  2. Gazetas G., “Seismic Response of Earth Dams: Some Recent Developments”, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp.1 − 48, 1987, (Keynote Speech at the 2nd Int. Conf. Soil Dyn. & Earthq. Engrg., New York, June 28 − July 3, 1985). [28 citations]
  3. Gazetas G. & Dakoulas P., “Seismic Analysis and Design of Rockfill Dams: State of the Art”, Soil Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 11, 27 − 61, 1992, (Keynote Speech at the 2nd Int. Confon Recent Advances in Geot. Earth. Engrg & Soil Dyn., St. Louis, 12 – 16 March, 1991). [19 citations]
  4. Gazetas G., “Foundation Vibrations,” Foundation Engineering Handbook, 2nd Edition, Publisher : Kluwer / Springer, Chapter 15, pp. 553 − 593, 1991. [63 citations]
  5. Gazetas G., “Soil Dynamics: an Overview”, and “Simple Physical Methods for Foundation Impedances,” Dynamics of Foundations & Underground Structures, Elsevier Appl. Science, Chapters 1 and 2, pp. 1−97, 1987.
  6. Gazetas G. and Dobry, R., “Horizontal Response of Piles in Layered Soils,” Journal of Geotechnical Engineering ASCE, Vol. 110, pp. 20 − 40, 1984. (Received the James Croes Medal of ASCE, 1985) [66 citations]
  7. Gazetas G. and Dobry R., “Simple Radiation Damping Model for Piles and Footings,” Journal of Engineering Mechanics ASCE, Vol. 110, pp. 937 − 956, 1984. (Received the 1984 Outstanding Publication Award of the Hudson-Mohawk Section of ASCE). [49 citations]
  8. Gazetas G., “Stresses and Displacements in Cross-Anisotropic Soils”, Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division ASCE, Vol. 108, pp. 532 − 553, 1982. (1982 Outstanding Publication Award of the Hudson Mohawk Section of ASCE). [29 citations]
  9. Gazetas G., “Progressive Collapse of Rigid-Plastic Circular Foundations”, Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division ASCE, Vol. 107, pp. 493 − 508, 1982. [4 citations]
  10. Gazetas G., “Longitudinal Vibrations of Embankment Dams”, Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division ASCE, Vol. 107, pp. 21 − 40, 1981. (Alfred Noble Prize from the USA Engineering Societies) [8 citations]
  11. Gazetas G., “Static and Dynamic Displacements of Foundations on Heterogeneous Multi-Layered Soils”, Géotechnique, Vol. 30, pp. 159 − 177, 1980. [23 citations]
  12. Gazetas G., “Shallow and Deep Foundations Under Fault Rupture or Strong Seismic Shaking”, Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering , K. Pitilakis (Editor) Springer, Chapter 9, pp. 185 − 215, 2007.
  13. Gazetas G., Anastasopoulos I., Gerolymos N., Mylonakis G., Syngros C., “The Collapse of the Hanshin Expressway Bridge, Kobe 1995 : Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction, Reconstruction, Seismic Isolation”, Entwicklungen in der Bodenmechanik, Bodendynamik & Geotechnik, Springer : pp. 93 −120, 2006. [7 citations]
  14. Gazetas G., & Mylonakis G., “Seismic Soil-Structure Interaction : New Evidence and Emerging Issues”, Soil Dynamics III, ASCE, Special Geotechnical Publication, 1998, Vol. 2, pp. 1119 − 1174. [17 citations]
  15. Gerolymos N., Anastasopoulos I. and Gazetas G., “Opening Ceremony shaft for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games”, Geotechnical Engineering Journal, Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol. 160, No. 2, pp. 61 − 71, 2007.
  16. Apostolou M., Gazetas G., Garini E., “Seismic Response of Simple Slender Structures with Foundation Uplifting”, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 27, pp. 642 − 654, 2007.
  17. Anastasopoulos I., Gazetas G., Bransby F., Davies M.C.R., and Nahas El. A., “Fault Rupture Propagation through Sand : Finite – Element Analysis and Validation through Centrifuge Experiments”, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 133, No 8, pp. 943 − 958, 2007