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Geotechnical Engineering: Principles & Practicesby Donald P. Coduto
Synopses & Reviews
This introductory geotechnical engineering text explores both the principles of soil mechanics and their application to engineering practice. It offers a rigorous, yet accessible and easy-to-read approach, as well as technical depth and an emphasis on understanding the physical basis for soil behavior. The second edition has been revised to include updated content and many new problems and exercises, as well as to reflect feedback from reviewers and the authors’ own experiences.
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering; Engineering Geology; Site Exploration and Characterization; Soil Composition; Soil Classification; Excavation, Grading, and Compacted Fill; Groundwater - Fundamentals and One-Dimensional Flow; Groundwater - Multidimensional Flow and Applications; Stress; Compressibility and Settlement; Rate of Consolidation; Soil Strength; Stability of Earth Slopes; Foundations; Spread Footing Design; Earth Retaining Structures; Lateral Earth Pressures.
For Civil Engineers
Book News Annotation:
Coduto, Man-chu Ronald Yeung, and William A. Kitch (all California State Polytechnic U., Pomona) revise Coduto's textbook incorporating insights from using the first edition for 12 years, and suggestions from students, other instructors, and practicing engineers. It is intended to serve as the primary text in an introductory geotechnical engineering course for undergraduate students of civil engineering. Significant additions have been made to discussions of soil strength, slope stability, and structural foundations and an appendix added on finite difference solutions to flow problems. Homework problems have also been updated and increased. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Geotechnical Engineering: Principles and Practices, 2/e, is ideal or junior-level soil mechanics or introductory geotechnical engineering courses.
This introductory geotechnical engineering textbook explores both the principles of soil mechanics and their application to engineering practice. It offers a rigorous, yet accessible and easy-to-read approach, as well as technical depth and an emphasis on understanding the physical basis for soil behavior.
The second edition has been revised to include updated content and many new problems and exercises, as well as to reflect feedback from reviewers and the authors’ own experiences.
About the Author
Donald P. Coduto is currently a professor of geotechnical engineering and chair of the Civil Engineering Department at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Claremont Graduate University. He is an ASCE Fellow, a licensed Civil Engineer and a licensed Geotechnical Engineer, and has worked on a variety of geotechnical projects for both private and public sector clients.
Dr. Man-chu Ronald Yeung is currently a professor of civil engineering at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1986, an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1991, all from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Cal Poly Pomona in 2005, Dr. Yeung had worked for several consulting firms and taught at several universities including Montana Tech, San Jose State University, and The University of Hong Kong. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, a member of the ASCE Rock Mechanics Committee, and the Treasurer of the Geotechnical Engineering Technical Group of the ASCE Los Angeles Section. He has been a registered Civil Engineer in California since 1994.
Dr. William A. Kitch is currently an associate professor of civil engineering at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1982 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1983, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a retired Lt Col in the US Air Force and had over 23 years of practicing engineering experience in both the private and public sectors. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California and Colorado.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 1
1.1 Geotechnical Engineering Design Process 2
1.2 Historical Development 4
1.3 Modern Geotechnical Engineering 14
1.4 Accuracy of Geotechnical Engineering Analyses 16
1.5 A Pictorial Overview of Geotechnical Engineering 16
Chapter 2 Engineering Geology 28
Chapter 3 Site Exploration and Characterization 64
Chapter 4 Soil Composition 121
Chapter 5 Soil Classification 164
Chapter 6 Excavation, Grading, and Compacted Fill 190
Chapter 7 Groundwater–Fundamentals and One-Dimensional Flow 251
Chapter 8 Groundwater–Multidimensional Flow and Applications 295
Chapter 9 Stress 361
Chapter 10 Compressibility and Settlement 419
Chapter 12 Soil Strength 527
Chapter 13 Stability of Earth Slopes 593
Chapter 15 Spread Footing Design 673
Chapter 16 Earth Retaining Structures 709
Chapter 17 Lateral Earth Pressures 720
Appendix A Recommended Resources for Further Study 751
Appendix C Field Identification of Soils 761
Appendix D Finite Difference Solutions to Flow Problems 766
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