An introduction to the investigation, extraction, processing and specification of natural soil and rock materials, with an emphasis on why particular material properties are sought and how they may be modified.
The book covers the full range of soil and rock construction materials including crushed stone, sand and gravel, natural and prepared roadbase, earth fill and rock fill, heavy clays, armour stone and dimension stone. Environmental aspects of quarrying, such as the use of waste materials, blast monitoring and pit reclamation, are studied in detail. New developments are discussed such as the trend towards fewer but larger quarries, the employment of by-products, and the need for upgrading marginal materials.
The use of plenty of diagrams and photos, and a clear writing style, make this an easy book to follow and extensive reference lists in each chapter guide the reader further into the more specialist topics.
Table of Contents
1. Preface. 2. Introduction to soil and rock materials. 3. Hard rock materials. 4. Sand and gravel. 5. Natural pavement materials. 6. Blasting and crushing. 7. Sizing and processing. 8. Aggregate and roadbase testing. 9. Concrete materials and mix design. 10. Asphalt and bituminous surfacing. 11. Earthfill and compaction. 12. Pavement materials and design. 13. Rockfill and ballast. 14. Wave protection stone. 15. Dimension stone. 16. Limestone and cementitious materials. 17. Brick clays. 18. Waste, by-product and synthetic materials. 19. Stabilization and pavement renovation. 20. Environmental planning and management. 21. Blast monitoring and control. 22. Quarry reclamation.
Greg McNally is currently Senior Lecturer in Dept of Applied Geology, University of New South Wales, Australia, and has practical experience as an engineering geologist.
'The writing style is clear and very easy to read. The book contains numerous diagrams and photos. One of the most important aspects of the whole book to Australian geotechnical practitioners is the extensive use of Australian examples and case histories throughout' - The Australian Geoglist