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Foundations of Engineering Geology

3rd Edition

By Tony Waltham

CRC Press

98 pages

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Now in full colour, the third edition of this well established book provides a readable and highly illustrated overview of the aspects of geology that are most significant to civil engineers.

Sections in the book include those devoted to the main rock types, weathering, ground investigation, rock mass strength, failures of old mines, subsidence on peats and clays, sinkholes on limestone and chalk, water in landslides, slope stabilization and understanding ground conditions. The roles of both natural and man-induced processes are assessed, and this understanding is developed into an appreciation of the geological environments potentially hazardous to civil engineering and construction projects. For each style of difficult ground, available techniques of site investigation and remediation are reviewed and evaluated.

Each topic is presented as a double page spread with a careful mix of text and diagrams, with tabulated reference material on parameters such as bearing strength of soils and rocks. This new edition has been comprehensively updated and covers the entire spectrum of topics of interest for both students and practitioners in the field of civil engineering.


"A useful source for a quick insight into the subject or a reminder for the practising engineer when difficult ground is encountered."

Ground Engineering

"This is an excellent book that will be invaluable not only as a textbook for students taking an engineering geology, geology or civil engineering course but also as a reference book/aide memoire in later years as they (and we more advanced practitioners) follow their careers."

Geological Magazine

Table of Contents


Igneous Rocks

Surface Processes

Sedimentary Rocks

Metamorphic Rocks

Geological Structures

Geological Maps

Map Interpretation


Boundary Hazards

Rocks of Britain

Rocks of the US

Weathering and Soils

Floodplains and Alluvium

Glacial Deposits

Climatic Variants

Coastal Processes


Ground Investigation

Desk Study

Ground Investigation Boreholes

Geophysical Surveys

Assessment of Difficult Ground

Rock Strength

Rock Mass Strength

Soil Strength

Ground Subsidence

Subsidence on Clays

Subsidence on Limestone

Subsidence Over Old Mines

Mining Subsidence

Slope Failure and Landslides

Water in Landslides

Soil Failures and Flowslides

Landslide Hazards

Slope Stabilization

Ground Conditions

Rock Excavation

Tunnels in Rock

Stone and Aggregate


Rock Mass Quality Q System

Abbreviations and Notation

Further Reading


About the Author

Tony Waltham lives in Nottingham, UK, having now retired from many years as a university lecturer in engineering geology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology