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An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (2nd Edition)

An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (2nd Edition)

An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (2nd Edition)
By Robert D. Holtz, William D. Kovacs, Thomas C. Sheahan

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Book Description

An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering offers a descriptive, elementary introduction to geotechnical engineering with applications to civil engineering practice.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #391130 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-10-28
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.20" h x 1.90" w x 7.60" l, 2.95 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 864 pages

Editorial Reviews


“The authors do a nice job in presenting significant discussion in theory and background information.  I prefer this approach to the more mechanical cookbook approach in which equations and methods are emphasized over theory.  If the students are committed and dedicated to reading the text, they will find a wealth of useful information that compliments classroom lectures, and homework problems.”



“The text provides information that goes beyond a typical undergraduate soil mechanics course.  In fact I tell my students that ‘this is a text that you can retain for future use and reference, whether you choose to go to graduate school or engineering practice.’  Plus, it’s written with a good sense of humor.”



“Writing is excellent, engaging, and helpful.  It anticipates well the questions forming in the average student’s mind.”


From the Publisher
A descriptive, elementary introduction to geotechnical engineering -- with applications to civil engineering practice.

About the Author

Bob Holtz, PhD, PE, D.GE, has degrees from Minnesota and Northwestern, and he attended the Special Program in Soil Mechanics at Harvard under Professor A. Casagrande. Before coming to the UW in 1988, he was on the faculty at Purdue and Cal State-Sacramento. He has worked for the California Dept. of Water Resources, Swedish Geotechnical Institute, NRC-Canada, and as a consulting engineer in Chicago, Paris, and Milano. His research interests and publications are mostly on geosynthetics, soil improvement, foundations, and soil properties. He is author, co-author, or editor of 23 books and book chapters, as well as more than 270 technical papers, discussions, reviews, and major reports.

Professor Holtz is a Distinguished Member of ASCE, was President of the ASCE Geo-Institute 2000-1, and currently serves as the International Secretary for the Geo-Institute. He is a Member Emeritus of TRB Committee on Soil and Rock Properties, a Past President of North American Geosynthetics Society; and a member of several other professional and technical organizations. He has taught numerous short courses and given many presentations at seminars and conferences, both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2010 he was named the 46th Karl Terzaghi Lecturer, which has been presented at several US venues and in Brazil, China, and Canada. In 2008, he was named the Puget Sound Academic Engineer of the Year.

Throughout his academic career, Professor Holtz has had an active consulting practice, involving geosynthetics, foundations, soil reinforcing, soil improvement, properties and containment of nuclear wastes, slope stability and landslides, investigation of failures, and acting as an expert witness. His clients have included federal, state, and local public agencies, civil and geotechnical engineering consultants and contractors, attorneys, and manufacturers, both in North America and overseas.

William D. Kovacs, F. ASCE, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1984 to 1990, Dr. Kovacs has conducted sponsored research under the aegis of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States National Bureau of Standards (USNBS), the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), the Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE). He is the author and co-author of over sixty-five publications. A registered professional engineer, a member of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, and a recipient of predoctoral grants in 1967 and 1968, Dr. Kovacs’ geotechnical engineering research interests focus on: In Situ Testing; Foundation Engineering; Dynamic Soil Property Evaluation; and Earthquake Engineering

Dr. Kovacs received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, the B.C.E. from Cornell University, and P.E. (CA 1965, IN 1974-2002, RI 1998).

Thomas C. Sheahan is a Professor and the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. Dr. Sheahan received his Sc.D. in Civil Engineering from M.I.T., his M.S. in Civil Engineering from M.I.T., and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Union College.Dr. Sheahan's areas of expertise include: Rate Effects in Soils; Offshore Geohazards; Sampling Disturbance Effects; and Laboratory Instrumentation. He is licensed as a professional engineer in California and Massachusetts. Among his most recent honors and awards are the Northeastern College of Engineering Dean’s Meritorious Service Award (2009), the ASTM Committee D-18, Special Service Award (2009), the ASTM Committee on Publications, Certificate of Appreciation (2008), and the Tau Beta Pi National Capers and Marion McDonald Mentoring Award (2007).

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5Five Stars
By lauried
Such a goofy author. An enjoyable read.

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4Finally, a textbook they don't change every year!
By Sahara R.
This book is a little older, 1981 I believe, but my Geotechnical Engineering teacher still uses it and still believes it is the best textbook about the subject out there. The only section that is outdated is the section about classifying soils according to the USCS system (which has changed).

I have not read any others to compare, but I do know that it has been easy to read so far and the explanations are fairly clear. There are many diagrams and figures and illustrations to help explain the text also.

My version came paperback, which is good price-wise, but I wish now that I had one of the old hardback versions, since the paper cover is curling with use.

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