Rock Slope Engineering : Civil Applications, Fifth Edition book cover
5th Edition

Rock Slope Engineering
Civil Applications, Fifth Edition

ISBN 9781498786270
Published September 14, 2017 by CRC Press
620 Pages 16 Color & 326 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Rock Slope Engineering covers the investigation, design, excavation and remediation of man-made rock cuts and natural slopes, primarily for civil engineering applications. It presents design information on structural geology, shear strength of rock and ground water, including weathered rock. Slope design methods are discussed for planar, wedge, circular and toppling failures, including seismic design and numerical analysis. Information is also provided on blasting, slope stabilization, movement monitoring and civil engineering applications.

This fifth edition has been extensively up-dated, with new chapters on weathered rock, including shear strength in relation to weathering grades, and seismic design of rock slopes for pseudo-static stability and Newmark displacement. It now includes the use of remote sensing techniques such as LiDAR to monitor slope movement and collect structural geology data. The chapter on numerical analysis has been revised with emphasis on civil applications.

The book is written for practitioners working in the fields of transportation, energy and industrial development, and undergraduate and graduate level courses in geological engineering.

Table of Contents

Principles of Rock Slope Design. Structural Geology and Data Interpretation. Weathered Rock and Slope Stability. Site Investigation and Geological Data Collection. Rock Strength Properties and Their Measurement. Groundwater. Plane Failure. Wedge Failure. Circular Failure. Toppling Failure. Seismic Analysis of Rock Slopes. Numerical Analysis. Blasting. Stabilization of Rock Slopes. Movement Monitoring. Civil Engineering Applications. Appendices: Stereonets For Hand Plotting of Structural Geology Data; Quantitative Description of Discontinuities in Rock Masses; Comprehensive Solution Wedge Stability; Conversion Factors.

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Duncan Wyllie is President of Wyllie & Norrish Rock Engineers based in Vancouver, Canada. He has been working exclusively in the field of applied rock engineering for almost fifty years, initially in underground and open pit mining and then in civil engineering. He has worked on slope, landslide, tunnel, blasting and foundation projects throughout North America, as well as in such countries as India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Turkey and Peru. The major portion of this work is for highways, railways and power projects, and involves both new construction and the evaluation and remediation of existing slopes and tunnels. Dr. Wyllie is also the author of Rock Fall Engineering (2014) and Foundations on Rock (1999), both published by CRC Press. He has prepared manuals on rock slope engineering for the Federal Highway Administration, and taught about 80 courses throughout the U.S. for the National Highway Institute in Washington D.C.


‘This book is a great learning resource both for academics and professional engineers. The comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of structural geology, material characteristics, design and construction makes it standout from the rest'

-- G.V. Ramana, Indian Institute of Technology

'This book provides key information that is at the forefront of today’s rock slope engineering and management.'

-- Reece Gibson, Opus International Consultants, New Zealand

'...addresses the full scope of typical projects by bookending this with a thorough treatment on the collection and analysis of field data leading to analysis, and stabilization and monitoring practices that build on analyses.'

-- Erik Eberhardt, University of British Columbia

'It provides important updates to previous editions... a valuable guide to rock engineering practitioners and educators alike'

-- Mark Goldbach, Golder Associates

'An absolute must for any rock slope practitioner.'

-- John D Duffy, Yeh and Associates, USA

'The book is a comprehensive and detailed work on rock slope engineering and it covers several important aspects of rock mechanics for civil applications.'

-- Anna Giacomini University of Newcastle, Australia