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ISBN: 9780071481205 / 0071481206
Division: Professional & Medical
Pub Date: JAN-07
Pages: 904

Copyright: 2007
Edition: 5
Format: Hardback
Geotechnical Engineering

Richard Handy, Merlin Spangler



  • Soil Engineering was last published in 1983 and sold 45,000 copies through four editions
  • United States Market: civil engineers (232,000) and students taking soil/geotechnical engineering courses in civil engineering
  • New information on intermediate foundations, including a fast-growing new method called Geopier, not covered in any other book

About the book

Master the Latest Developments in Soil Testing and New Applications of Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering: Principles and Practices offers students and practicing engineers a concise, easy-to-understand approach to the principles and methods of soil and geotechnical engineering. This updated classic builds from basic principles of soil mechanics and applies them to new topics, including mechanically stabilized earth (MSE), and intermediate foundations. This Fifth Edition features:
  • Over 400 detailed illustrations and photographs
  • Unique background material on the geological, pedological, and mineralogical aspects of soils with emphasis on clay mineralogy, soil structure, and expansive and collapsible soils.
  • New coverage of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE); intermediate foundations; in-situ soil testing: statistical analysis of data; “FORE,” a scientific method for analyzing settlement; writing the geotechnical report; and the geotechnical engineer as a sleuth and expert witness.

Get Quick Access to Every Soil and Geotechnical Engineering Topic

• Igneous Rocks as Ultimate Sources for Soils • The Soil Profile • Soil Minerals • Particle Size and Gradation • Soil Fabric and Soil Structure • Soil Density and Unit Weight • Soil Water • Soil Consistency and Engineering Classification • Compaction • Seepage • Stress Distribution • Settlement • Shear Strength • Lateral Stress and Retaining Walls • MSE Walls and Soil Nailing • Slope Stability, Landslides, Embankments, and Earth Dams • Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations • Deep Foundations • Intermediate Foundations • Loads on Pipes • In-Situ Testing • Introduction to Soil Dynamics • The Geotechnical Report

Key features

  • Updated classic information on Conduits not covered in other books
  • Unique background information on geological, pedological, and mineralogical aspects of soils
  • New information on intermediate foundations including a fast growing new method called Geopier not included in any other book.
  • In-situ soil testing methods including innovative devices manufactured by Handy Geotechnical Instruments
  • New chapter on Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE)
  • Additional geotechnical engineering topics as needed for text and professional development

  • About the author

    Richard L. Handy, Ph. D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering at Iowa State University. He is also the founder of Handy Geotechnical Instruments, a company that manufactures innovative soil testing devices. Dr. Handy is the author of The Day the House Fell and co-author of the Third and Fourth Editions of Soil Engineering. Recognized as a scientist as well as an engineer, he is a Fellow in the Geological Society of America and also in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    M.G. Spangler was a Research Professor at Iowa State University and is well-known internationally as the author of the “Marston-Spangler theory for loads on underground conduits.” He also conducted seminal research on pressures on retaining walls and many other topics. He was a recipient of the Marston Medal at Iowa State University and was an Honorary Member of ASCE.

    Table of contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: Igneous Rocks, Ultimate Sources for Soils
    Chapter 3: Special Problems with Sedimentary Rocks
    Chapter 4: Soils That Are Sediments
    Chapter 5: The Soil Profile
    Chapter 6: Soil Minerals
    Chapter 7: Particle Size and Gradation
    Chapter 8: Soil Fabric and Structure
    Chapter 9: Soil Density and Unit Weight
    Chapter 10: Soil Water
    Chapter 11: Pore Water Pressure, Capillary Water, and Frost Action
    Chapter 12: Soil Consistency and Engineering Classification
    Chapter 13: Compaction
    Chapter 14: Seepage
    Chapter 15: Stress Distribution in Soil
    Chapter 16: Settlement
    Chapter 17: Time-Rate of Settlement
    Chapter 18: Soil Shear Strength
    Chapter 19: Lateral Stress and Retaining Walls
    Chapter 20: Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls and an Introduction to Soil Nailing
    Chapter 21: Slope Stability and Landslides
    Chapter 22: Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations
    Chapter 23: Deep Foundations
    Chapter 24: Intermediate Foundations and Ground Improvement
    Chapter 25: Underground Conduits
    Chapter 26: In Situ Soil and Rock Tests
    Chapter 27: Introduction to Soil Dynamics
    Chapter 28: Geotechnical Investigation and Report
    Appendix A: Elastic Solutions for Horizontal Pressures on Retaining Walls Resulting from Surface Loads



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