Geotechnical Engineering Principles and Practices of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering Principles and Practices of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering

This book has the following objectives:
1. T o explain the fundamentals of the subject from theory to practice in a logical way
2. T o be comprehensive an d mee t th e requirements o f undergraduate students
3. T o serve as a foundation course for graduate students pursuing advanced knowledge in the
There are 21 chapters i n this book. The first chapter trace s the historical background o f the
subject and the second deals with the formation and mineralogical composition o f soils. Chapter 3
covers th e inde x properties an d classification of soil. Chapters 4 and 5 explain soi l permeability ,
seepage, an d th e effec t o f water on stress conditions in soil . Stresses developed i n soil due t o
imposed surface loads , compressibility and consolidation characteristics , and shear strength
characteristics o f soil are dealt with in Chapters 6,7 , and 8 respectively. The first eight chapters
develop th e necessary tools for computing compressibility an d strength characteristics o f soils.
Chapter 9 deals with methods for obtainig soil samples in the field for laboratory tests and for

constructed on an outcrop of sound rock, no foundation is required. Hence, in contrast to the
building itself which satisfies specific needs, appeals to the aesthetic sense, and fills its
matters with pride, the foundations merely serve as a remedy for the deficiencies of whatever
whimsical nature has provided for the support of the structure at the site which has been
selected. On account of the fact that there is no glory attached to the foundations, and that
the sources of success or failures are hidden deep in the ground, building foundations have
always been treated as step children; and their acts of revenge for the lack of attention can be
very embarrassing.
The comments mad e b y Terzagh i ar e ver y significan t an d shoul d b e take n not e o f by al l
practicing Architects an d Engineers. Architects or Engineers who do not wish to make use of the
growing knowledge of foundation design are not rendering true service t o their profession. Sinc e
substructures are as important as superstructures, persons wh o are well qualified in the design of
substructures shoul d alway s b e consulted an d the old proverb tha t a 'stitc h i n time save s nine '
should always be kept in mind.


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