System reliability in slope stability

Last month’s issue of Geotechnique contained a paper by Reale, Xue and Gavin titled “System reliability of slopes using multimodal optimisation” [http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/10.1680/jgeot.15.P.142] which we thought was excellent. The author’s present an algorithm for examining many modes of failure of slopes simultaneously stating, correctly, that for a given slope, two potential failure mechanisms might exist with [...]