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An Assessment of Predominant Errors Posing Vulnerability to Malaysian Landslides

Sadaf Qasim 1, Indra Harahap 2, Syed Baharom 2, Danish Kazmi 1, and Saima Khan 1
1. NED University of Engineering and Technology Civil Engineering Department, Karachi, Pakistan
2. Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Civil Engineering Department, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Malaysia

Abstract—The numbers of landslides in Malaysia are escalating day by day, putting blames on triggering factors such as rainfall or any other natural calamities. In totality, this is indeed a misperception. Large percentage of slope failures are sparked by flaws / errors originated from either behavior or managerial and technical issues. Errors may be implicit, committed during planning, design, construction, installation and fabrication, as well as operation and maintenance leading to slope failure subsequently. In this particular region of Malaysia due to torrential rainfalls, the other provocative and instigating factors are often overlooked resulting in greater number landslides gradually. In this study author has compiled a list of design construction and maintenance error sources, these sources are then evaluated according to its proportion through expert’s opinions and directly related personnel. Following the analysis and deliberations, the author has propounded a combined framework to minimize the influence of errors pertinent to various activities. The error sources have been matched with already in hand error producing conditions present in one of the error analysis technique known as Human Error Assessment and Reduction Technique (HEART).

Index Terms—error producing conditions, assessed proportion of affect, performance shaping factors

Cite: Sadaf Qasim, Indra Harahap, Syed Baharom, Danish Kazmi, and Saima Khan, "An Assessment of Predominant Errors Posing Vulnerability to Malaysian Landslides," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 296-299, November 2016. doi: 10.18178/ijscer.5.4.296-299