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Fundamentals of Ground Engineering


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What is Geotechnical Engineering?

Construction in the Ground

Who are Geotechnical Professionals and What Do They Do?

Education and Training

What Goes Wrong?

Things to Do

Further Reading Part A Discovering the Ground Formation of Soils and Rocks Basic Soil and Rock Cycle Geological Age Natural Earth Materials Surface Processes Local Climate and Rocks in England Things to Do Further Reading Description and Classification of Soils Differences between Soils and Rocks Basic Description of Soils and Rocks Grading of Soil Characteristics of Soil Grains Water Content Unit Weight Relationships Packing of Grains Structure in Soils Things to Do Further Reading Ground Investigations Ground Models Methodology for Ground Investigations Reports Components of Ground Investigations Reliability of the Geotechnical Model Things to Do Further Reading Part B Essential Physics and Mechanics Basic Mechanics Mass, Force and Common Units in Ground Engineering What Do Structures Have to Do? Stress and Strain: Strength and Stiffness Analysis of Stress by the Mohr Circle Construction Things to Do Behaviour of Materials Specific Loading Configurations Stiffness: Compression and Distortion Strength Theories to Define Strength Stress-Strain Relationships Elastic and Inelastic Behaviour Perfectly Plastic Behaviour Elasticity, Plasticity and Hardening Creep Things to Do Further Reading Water Pressure and Seepage Water and Water Pressure Saturation Negative Pore Pressure and Suction Steady-State Seepage Permeability and Speed of Drainage Things to Do Further Reading Part C Soil Mechanics Pore Pressure and Effective Stress Effective Stress Effects of Changes of Stress Drained and Undrained Loading and Consolidation Rates of Loading Things to Do Further Reading Soil Behaviour Observed in Tests on Samples Soil Testing Apparatus Loading of Soil Samples Characteristics of Soil Behaviour during Compression and Swelling Characteristics of Soil Behaviour during Shearing Unified Soil Behaviour Things to Do Further Reading Soil Deformation Stiffness of Soil for Drained and Undrained Loading Compression and Swelling, Yielding and Overconsolidation Simple Model for D Compression General Model for Isotropic and D Compression Horizontal Stress in the Ground Non-Linear Stiffness of Soil Very Small Strain Stiffness G' Relationships between Stiffness Moduli for Isotropic Elastic Soil Consolidation Creep Things to Do Further Reading Soil Strength Soil Has Several Strengths Critical State Strength Residual Strength Undrained Strength and Effective Stress Strength Unconfined Compressive Strength Peak Strength of Soil Stress Dilatancy Equations for Peak Strength Strength of Soil in Triaxial Compression Strength and Stiffness of Typical Soils and Engineering Materials Things to Do Further Reading State and State Parameters State: Soils and Rocks State Parameters State Parameter and a State Boundary State Paths Creep and Change of State Things to Do Further Reading Cam Clay and Numerical Modelling Numerical Models Cam Clay Behaviour of Cam Clay in Drained Loading Behaviour of Cam Clay in Undrained Loading Comments on Behaviour of Cam Clay Further Reading Soil Parameters for Design Soil Parameters Tests and Results Sources of Error in Soil Tests Derivation of Geotechnical Parameters Characteristic and Design Values Estimation of Parameters from Soil Description Selection of Soil Parameters for Design Further Reading Part D Geotechnical Engineering Routine Analyses of Geotechnical Structures Basic Analyses Limit Equilibrium Analyses Upper and Lower Bound Plasticity Methods Foundations on Elastic Soil Steady Seepage Consolidation Settlement Further Reading Stability of Slopes Slope Failures Stress Changes in Slopes Basic Slope Stability Solutions Pore Pressures in Slopes A Hole in the Beach Things to Do Further Reading Foundations Foundation Types Stress Changes below a Shallow Foundation Loading and Movement of a Foundation Bearing Capacity Factors Floating Foundations Settlement of Shallow Foundations Single Piles Things to Do Further Reading Retaining Walls Types of Retaining Wall Earth Pressures on Retaining Walls Rankine Earth Pressures Coulomb Wedge Analyses Overall Equilibrium of Embedded Walls Overall Equilibrium of a Gravity Wall Influence of Water on Retaining Walls Further Reading Unsaturated, Improved and Difficult Soils Compaction Unsaturated Soil Ground Improvement Structured Soils Further Reading Principles of Geotechnical Design What is Failure? Use of Factors to Prevent Failure Changes with Time Selection of Design Parameters Design of a Shallow Foundation for Undrained Loading Design of a Shallow Foundation for Drained Loading Standards and Codes Keywords, Definitions and Index

About the Author

John Atkinson is senior principal at Coffey Geotechnics, and emeritus professor of soil mechanics at City University, London. He is the author of several textbooks, including The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations (2nd ed) also published by Taylor & Francis.


"... Professor John Atkinson takes readers on a journey of discovery - or rediscovery - of what geotechnical engineering is about. Although this is indeed another book covering common aspects of ground engineering, the approach used by Atkinson contrasts very noticeably from that adopted in the vast majority of other similarly themed works. ... Those relatively new to ground engineering will find this book a useful and easily tapped into source of background information on the subject... more seasoned ground engineering practitioners will find this a refreshing book, in appearance simple but going to the heart of the various elements of geotechnical engineering. Colleagues in construction related occupations will also find this a useful tool to gain an initial appreciation of many of the geotechnical engineering aspects of construction projects. In short, Fundamentals of Ground Engineering is an interesting addition to almost any construction professional's technical library.
-Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers

"The book covers, in a concise and easily readable form, the basics of geological and ground investigation, physics, and mechanics, and then applies these principles to the fundamentals of soil mechanics. It also discusses how basic soil mechanics are applied to a range of common geotechnical problems. In addition to outlining these problems, the concluding chapter sets out how the topics covered in the book can be applied to practical design. This is a critical chapter which many current texts fail to treat adequately, if at all."
-Harry Poulos, Coffey Geotechnics/University of Sydney, Australia

"I like the book so much because it covers the complete range of geotechnical engineering ... from underlying principles to the design of all major geotechnical constructions. ... This book is a perfect companion for those learning the subject for the first time as B.Sc and M.Sc students, and also a nice tool for practical engineers looking to refresh their knowledge. It contains the classical content as well as addresses current subjects. It offers chapter summaries and also suggests relevant literature for further study."
-Tom Schanz, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Germany

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