GEODISASTERS AND CIVIL LIABILITY: Richard L. Meehan
Tuesday-Thursday 3 to 5. Many world class cities
are built in lower floodplain river valleys underlain by unstable ground,
subject to flooding, often adjoining dynamic mountain areas giving rise
to earthquakes and landslides. Civil disputes over property damage caused
by earthquake, subsidence, soil liquefaction, construction, flooding, and
ground and water contamination have been a regular feature of urban life
for five thousand years. Satisfaction of damage claims and appropriate
remediation calls for investigative skills of civil engineers and geologists.
This seminar will show techniques of causal evaluation for such civil damage
claims in the context of emerging concepts of fair allocation of responsibility
with particular focus on California, which is sets the legal pace in the
U.S. and other regions.
|Jan 6||Global scope: geotechnics
of Holocene sediments; history of urban centers on basin margins; flood
Problems and legal issues
|Stanley; Dickensen; Terzaghi Eng. Geol. Quat. Sed; case studies.|
|Jan 11||Legal and institutional
response to geotechnical risk. Role of causal analysis.
-general process of litigation
|Legal references: tort and condemnation law; Cal earthquake policies.|
|Jan 13||California flood cases
Relationship between earthquake and flood causation.
|Mesopotamia, Alviso, Pajaro, Linda-Arboga,|
|Jan 18||Basin margins||Discovery Bay, Lakeshore, MIT buildings, Boston Public Library|
|Jan 20||Uplands||Gibault, Seeno, Port Bend, Love Creek, Hu|
|Jan 25||Resource extraction and Waste Disposal||Baldwin Hills; Ross explosion; Belmont School|
|Jan 27||Decay, waste, and desease in the old world; claims in coastal cities of the US northeast: Boston, New Jersey, other deltaic regions||Brimmer Street, Bound Brook, Toms River|
|Jan 27||Forensic issues: role and scope of expertise; practicalities and ethics of professional forensics.|