Analysis of dam response for foundation fault rupture

  • Lelio Mejia URS Corporation, Oakland, USA
  • Ethan Dawson URS Corporation, Los Angeles, USA


Considerable knowledge and experience has been developed over the past 40 years in the engineering profession regarding the seismic performance and analysis of dams for earthquake shaking. However, comparatively limited experience is available regarding the evaluation of dams for the effects of foundation fault rupture during earthquakes. This paper examines the factors to be considered in the evaluation of embankment dams for foundation faulting, and illustrates the analysis of dam response under foundation faulting by means of a case history, the seismic evaluation of Aviemore Dam.


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How to Cite
Mejia, L., & Dawson, E. (2009). Analysis of dam response for foundation fault rupture. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 42(1), 9-17.