Geologic Hazards: A Field Guide for Geotechnical Engineers, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Geologic Hazards

A Field Guide for Geotechnical Engineers, 1st Edition

By Roy E. Hunt

CRC Press

323 pages | 233 B/W Illus.

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Description

Geologic hazards pose the greatest threat to human safety for any geotechnical undertaking, but it is ultimately the engineer's ability to recognize and cope with these hazards that will determine the safety of life and property. Armed with Geologic Hazards: A Field Guide for Geotechnical Engineers you will be able to properly recognize, understand various geologic hazards, and provide safe and economical construction. Eminent expert Roy E. Hunt thoroughly examines the potential for slope failures, earthquakes, ground subsidence, collapse, and expansion. Using a clear conceptual approach, he explains what measures are available to minimize or eliminate the risks associated with each of these geologic hazards.

The book sets forth the basis for recognizing, understanding, and treating geologic hazards, using general concepts rather than rigorous mathematical analyses. The author covers the prediction of slope failures through recognition of geologic and other factors that govern failure, the treatment of slopes that are potentially unstable and pose a danger to some existing development, the design and construction of stable cut slopes and sidehill fills, and the stabilization of failed slopes. He provides the foundation for determining the potential for surface movements and for preventing or controlling their effects. A section on earthquakes summarizes and links all of the aspects of earthquakes including their causes, characteristics, and surface effects. It provides a thorough grounding in how to recognize hazard potential and minimize the consequences.

There is no field within geotechnical engineering in which the state of the art is changing so rapidly. Providing the latest information, this resource is a useful tool for designing new projects and redesigning old ones.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

LANDSLIDES AND OTHER SLOPE FAILURES

Introduction

Slope Failure Form Characteristics

Assessment of Slopes

Treatment of Slopes

Investigation: A Review

GROUND SUBSIDENCE, COLLAPSE, AND HEAVE

Introduction

Groundwater and Oil Extraction

Subsurface Mining

Solution of Rock

Soil Subsidence and Collapse

Heave in Soil and Rock

References

Further Reading

EARTHQUAKES

Introduction

Earthquake Elements

Surface Effects on the Geologic Environment

Earthquake-Resistant Design: An Overview

Investigation: Important Structures in High-Hazard Areas

References

Further Reading

APPENDIX. THE EARTH AND GEOLOGIC HISTORY

Significance to the Engineer

The Earth

Global Tectonics

Geologic History

References

Further Reading

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General