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Geotechnical Engineering Investigation Handbook

2nd Edition

By Roy E. Hunt

CRC Press

1,088 pages | 33 Color Illus. | 774 B/W Illus.

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The Geotechnical Engineering Investigation Handbook provides the tools necessary for fusing geological characterization and investigation with critical analysis for obtaining engineering design criteria. The second edition updates this pioneering reference for the 21st century, including developments that have occurred in the twenty years since the first edition was published, such as:

• Remotely sensed satellite imagery

• Global positioning systems (GPS)

• Geophysical exploration

• Cone penetrometer testing

• Earthquake studies

• Digitizing of data recording and retrieval

• Field and laboratory testing and instrumentation

• Use of the Internet for data retrieval

The Geotechnical Engineering Investigation Handbook, Second Edition is a comprehensive guide to a complete investigation: study to predict geologic conditions; test-boring procedures; various geophysical methods and when each is appropriate; various methods to determine engineering properties of materials, both laboratory-based and in situ; and formulating design criteria based on the results of the analysis. The author relies on his 50+ years of professional experience, emphasizing identification and description of the elements of the geologic environment, the data required for analysis and design of the engineering works, and procuring the data.

By using a practical approach to problem solving, this book helps engineers consider geological phenomena in terms of the degree of their hazard and the potential risk of their occurrence.

Reviews

“…manages to touch upon almost all major areas of work encountered by today’s geotechnical engineer, covering investigation methods for both regional and site-specific assessments.”

—Stuart Mills, Materials World, Vol. 14, No. 9, September 2006

"Whoever reads this book will never approach geotechnical exploration in the same way again. Nowhere else has it been made so evident that all boundaries among engineering geology, geophysics, rock mechanics, soil mechanics, geohydrology, seismology, and a host of other disciplines are meaningless; that contributions to the solution of geotechnical problems may come from any or all of these sources; or that the practitioner who holds too narrowly to a specialty is likely to overlook knowledge that could be of the greatest benefit to him in reaching a proper judgment. If for no other reason than to appreciate the breadth of geotechnics and to escape from the trap of too narrow a perspective, this book should be read."

—Dr. Ralph B. Peck, from the Foreword to the First Edition

“This is pure gold in ‘nuts and bolts’ of the profession. Hunt’s title and prefatory materials proclaim that this is a book written primarily for geotechnical engineers, yet any astute engineering geologist will not only understand its content and impact, but will also be able to ‘read between the line’ and learn more of the perspective of each topic. …The book content will be highly valuable throughout a project, from planning through conduct, during daily review of incoming field results, and during evaluation and interpretation. …To paraphrase the American Express Company, ‘Don’t leave home without Hunt’s book!”

—Allen W. Hatheway, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Vol. 12, No. 1, Feb. 2006

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Basic Considerations

Scope

Geotechnical Investigation: Objectives, Stages, Scope, and Planning

Investigation Methods and Procedures

Exploration

Introduction

Surface Mapping

Subsurface Exploration

Recovery of Samples and Cores

References

Further Reading

Measurement of Properties

Introduction

Basic and Index Properties

Hydraulic Properties (Permeability)

Rupture Strength

Deformation Without Rupture

Typical Values of Basic, Index, and Engineering Properties

References

Further Reading

Field Instrumentation

Introduction

Surface Movements

Subsurface Deformations

In Situ Pressures and Stresses

Instrumentation Arrays for Typical Problems

References

Further Reading

Catalogs

Characteristics of Geologic Materials and Formations

Rock and Soil: Identification and Classification

Introduction

Rock

Soils

References

Further Reading

Rock-Mass Characteristics

Introduction

Original Rock-Mass Forms

Deformation by Folding

Jointing

Faults

Residual Stresses

Alteration of Rock

References

Further Reading

Soil Formations: Geologic Classes and Characteristics

Introduction

Residual Soils

Colluvial Deposits

Alluvial Deposits

Eolian Deposits

Glacial Deposits

Secondary Deposits

Pedological Soils and Plant Indicators

References

Further Reading

Water: Surface and Subsurface

Introduction

Surface Water

Subsurface Water (Groundwater)

Groundwater and Seepage Control

Environmental Conservation

References

Further Reading

The Geologic Hazards

Landslides and Other Slope Failures

Introduction

Slope Failure Form Characteristics

Assessment of Slopes

Treatment of Slopes

Investigation: A Review

References

Further Reading

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

Bibliography

Appendices

Appendix A: The Earth and Geologic History

Significance to the Engineer

The Earth

Global Tectonics

Geologic History

References

Further Reading

Appendix B: USGS Quads and Aerial Photographs in Book

Appendix C: Conversion Tables

Appendix D: Symbols

Appendix E: Engineering Properties of Geologic Materials: Data and Correlations

Index

Color Plates Section

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General