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Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Second Edition

Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Second Edition

Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Second Edition
By Robert W. Day

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A complete, up-to-date guide for forensic engineers

Fully revised and packed with current case studies, Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Second Edition provides a step-by-step approach to conducting a professional forensic geotechnical and foundation investigation. This authoritative resource explains how to:

  • Investigate damage, deterioration, and collapse in a structure
  • Determine what caused the damage
  • Develop repair recommendations
  • Diagnose cracks
  • Prepare files and reports
  • Avoid civil liability

    Helpful charts and photographs aid in your understanding of the material covered. With expert advice on all aspects of the process--from accepting the assignment to delivering compelling testimony--this is a practical, all-in-one guide to geotechnical and foundation investigations in forensic engineering.

    Explains how to investigate damage due to:
    Settlement of structures * Expansive soil * Lateral Movement * Earthquakes * Erosion * Deterioration * Bearing Capacity Failures * Shrinkage Cracking of Concrete Foundations * Timber Decay * Soluble Soil * Groundwater and Moisture Problems * And Other Causes


  • Book Details

    • Amazon Sales Rank: #1120444 in Books
    • Brand: Day Robert
    • Published on: 2011-05-02
    • Original language: English
    • Number of items: 1
    • Dimensions: 9.30" h x 1.23" w x 6.30" l, 1.85 pounds
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • 528 pages

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    • Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering 2nd Edition

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    From the Back Cover
    Why did the building collapse? What caused cracking in the bridge supports? Who's responsible for the sideways settling of the shopping mall? These are the types of questions forensics engineers answer, often as expert witnesses in legal procedures. Clearly written and easy to use, this authoritative book shows you how to conduct a professional forensic geotechnical and foundation investigation. Written by a leading forensic engineer and packed with interesting case studies, it shows you step-by-step how to: INVESTIGATE damage, deterioration, or collapse in a structure. EVALUATE problems caused by settlement, expansive soil, slope movement, moisture intrusion, and more. INVESTIGATE damage from earthquakes and other natural causes. DETERMINE what caused the damage. DEVELOP repair recommendations. PREPARE files and reports. AVOID civil liability. Sulfate attack, dam failure, tree roots, decomposition of organic matter, or any other factor--no matter what caused the structural damage, this book will help you pinpoint it and, if necessary, suggest a remedy. With advice on all aspects of the process, from accepting the assignment to testifying compellingly, this book is your all-in-one guide to geotechnical and foundation investigations in forensic engineering.

    About the Author

    Robert W. Day is a leading forensic engineer and the chief engineer at American Geotechnical in San Diego, California. He serves on advisory committees for several professional associations, including ASCE, ASTM, and NCEES. Day is the author of more than 200 published technical papers and several books, including two editions of Foundation Engineering Handbook and Geotechnical Engineer's Portable Handbook. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees in structural engineering from Villanova University and a master’s degree in civil engineering and a civil engineer degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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    0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
    5A great introduction to this topic for a Structural Engineer
    By Isaac M. Gaetz
    Great introduction to forensic geotechnical engineering. I appreciated that Mr. Day included many photographs and diagrams to go along with the many case studies discussed. The book doesn't go into great detail about exact calculations for failures, it is not a text book or how to type cookbook, but it is does discuss many types of failures and provides a lot of perspective on the causes of failures, indications and methods of remediation. I am a practicing Structural Engineer, not a geotechnical engineer, but I do work on foundation designs and repairs and found this book quite informative.

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
    4Summary of the topic for engineers
    By D. Stanley
    Bought it used but it was like new. Good for architects and civil/structural engineers like me that don't already have a lot of knowledge about foundation problems, and for geotechnical/soils engineers with an interest in forensics. Good for me but probably a little light for geotechnical engineers that already have a lot of experience.
    A lot of good stuff in this book, five stars would have been for a larger book with more of the same in greater depth.

    0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
    3Three Stars
    By Kyjocro
    Good general knowledge with some good schematics and case studies.

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