Determination of the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of ground materials is the key to successfully deliver such projects as slope stabilization, excavation and lateral support, foundation etc. A book containing both theory of geomaterial testing and up-to-date testing methods is much in demand for obtaining reliable and accurate test results. This book is intended primarily to serve this need and aims at the clear explanation, in adequate depth, of the fundamental principles, requirements and procedures of soil and rock tests.
It is intended that the book will serve as a useful source of reference for professionals in the field of geotechnical and geological engineering. It can work as a one-stop knowledge warehouse to build a basic cognition of material tests on which the readers are working. It helps college students bridge the gap between class education and engineering practice, and helps academic researchers guarantee reliable and accurate test results. It is also useful for training new technicians and providing a refresher for veterans. Engineers contemplating the ICE, IOM3 and other certification exams will find this book an essential test preparation aid. It is assumed that the reader has no prior knowledge of the subject but has a good understanding of basic mechanics.
Theory of Geotechnical Testing. Characteristics of soil. Characteristics of rocks. Characteristics of rock mass. Test methods for soil and rocks. International standard systems. Test preparation. Procedures of soil tests. Procedures of rock tests. Data analysis and documentation of geotechnical testing. Comparison of Test Standards. Comparison of test methods for soil. Comparison of rock tests. Appendices. Reference value of basic parameters of soil. Reference value of basic parameters of rock. Basic technical geotechnical engineering terms. Common physical quantities and unit conversion for geotechnical testing.