3rd Edition

Foundations of Engineering Geology

By Tony Waltham Copyright 2009
    104 Pages
    by CRC Press

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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.

    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


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

    "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