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Geological Engineering

Geological Engineering
By Luis Gonzalez de Vallejo, Mercedes Ferrer

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A thorough knowledge of geology is essential in the design and construction of infrastructures for transport, buildings and mining operations; while an understanding of geology is also crucial for those working in urban, territorial and environmental planning and in the prevention and mitigation of geohazards.

Geological Engineering provides an interpretation of the geological setting, integrating geological conditions into engineering design and construction, and provides engineering solutions that take into account both ground conditions and environment.

This textbook, extensively illustrated with working examples and a wealth of graphics, covers the subject area of geological engineering in four sections:

  • Fundamentals: soil mechanics, rock mechanics and hydrogeology
  • Methods: site investigations, rock mass characterization and engineering geological mapping
  • Applications: foundations, slope stability, tunnelling, dams and reservoirs and earth works
  • Geohazards: landslides, other mass movements, earthquake hazards and prevention and mitigation of geological hazards
As well as being a textbook for graduate and postgraduate students and academics, Geological Engineering serves as a basic reference for practicing engineering geologists and geological and geotechnical engineers, as well as civil and mining engineers dealing with design and construction of foundations, earth works and excavations for infrastructures, buildings, and mining operations.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #972018 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: CRC Press
  • Published on: 2011-01-10
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.02" h x 1.50" w x 8.50" l, 4.70 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 700 pages

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Editorial Reviews

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Looking through the book and thinking of the huge effort required to obtain all the information, followed by processing it so that the ideas and data can be presented with such clarity, and then to actually write the book and prepare the self-explanatory diagrams is truly more than impressive: it is an outstanding achievement. Another excellent feature is that it is simultaneously an undergraduate, post-graduate, and practical book.
―John A. Hudson, Emeritus Professor, Imperial College, UK;  Past-President, International Society for Rock Mechanics, 2007-2011

With Geological Engineering Luis González de Vallejo and Mercedes Ferrer succeeded in offering a standard work, of interest for a wide group of users, in a broad range of geologically differing areas, as a support in the application of geology to research, design and construction in civil engineering.
―Floris Schokking, GeoConsult B.V., Haarlem

This beautifully illustrated text book has everything an engineering geologist and those with a wide interest in civil engineering could wish for. The content of Geological Engineering is a suitable reminder of the huge range of disciplines and engineering problems that are expected to be tackled during the career of experienced international consultants, by international civil engineering design offices, by earth science researchers, and by graduate students starting out in this fascinating but challenging major branch of science and engineering. All the back-ground needed for those engaged in foundations, slopes, tunnels, dams and reservoirs and earth structures can be found here.
Undoubtedly, it is going to prove to be one of the very best broad-reference books for a very large number of educators, geologists, engineering geologists, soil mechanics and rock mechanics specialists, and hydro-geologists. It is truly an impressive production.
Congratulations to the authors, to the editors, and to the producers of this landmark publication.
―Dr. Nick Barton

The many illustrations enable this text to provide a unique means of communication to its readers, unmatched by other texts in the field, because they impart a sense of the scale and variability that have to be addressed when working in the subject. This is a contribution to geotechnical engineering that will  support and improve the teaching and application of Engineering Geology for years to come.
―Michael H. de Freitas, Reader Emeritus in Engineering Geology, Imperial College, London, UK

Vallejo and Ferrer (2011) have come forth with a basic book defining the 90-year emerged body of knowledge with which every graduate geological engineer should be familiar.
―Allen W. Hatheway in Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, May 2012, pp. 209-215

About the Author
Luis I. González de Vallejo; Professor of Geological Engineering at the Complutense University of Madrid, where he is also Director of the MSc Courses in Geological Engineering. He has dedicated his professional career in geological engineering to consulting, research and teaching, and he has conducted a large number of geological and geotechnical investigations for the design and construction of tunnels, dams and foundations in Spain and Central and South America, including landslide and earthquake hazard analysis, large excavations and site assessment for nuclear power plants and radioactive waste disposal.

He has written over 120 papers in journals and proceedings as well as five books. Associate Editor of Soils and Rocks and Member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, he has been invited to present the 2nd Mariano Ruiz Vazquez Lecture, at the Academy of Engineering of Mexico, in 2007, and the XXVII Manuel Rocha Lecture, at the Portuguese Geotechnical Society, in 2010.

Mercedes Ferrer; Senior Research Officer at the Geological Survey of Spain and Associate Lecturer on Rock Mechanics at the Complutense University of Madrid, where she graduated in Geological Sciences and obtained her doctorate for her research on the deformability and failure mechanisms of soft rocks. She has carried out research projects on geological hazards in Spain, Italy and Central and South America, particularly on landslides and geo-hazard mapping for urban planning, mitigation and prevention purposes.

She has written over 100 papers and research reports on geological hazards, landslides and slope stability. At present she is leading a research project on the causes and failure mechanisms of the mega-rockslides of volcanic islands flanks.


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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5A most excellent book for geologists and engineers
By Nicholas Ryland Barton
This beautifully illustrated text book has everything an engineering geologist and those with a wide interest in civil engineering could wish for. The content of `Geological Engineering' is a suitable reminder of the huge range of disciplines and engineering problems that are expected to be tackled during the career of experienced international consultants, by international civil engineering design offices, by earth science researchers, and by graduate students starting out in this fascinating but challenging major branch of science and engineering. All the back-ground needed for those engaged in foundations, slopes, tunnels, dams and reservoirs and earth structures can be found here. This book is an authorised translation and significantly updated version of Vallejo's and Ferrer's Spanish edition of 2002, with expert technical review by an English professor. Most of the contributing authors are also from universities in Madrid, and sincere congratulations are due from all future users of this book. Undoubtedly, it is going to prove to be one of the very best broad-reference books for a very large number of educators, geologists, engineering geologists, soil mechanics and rock mechanics specialists, and hydro-geologists. It is the wealth of very informative diagrams, figures and interesting photographs, which make this book so desirable to possess. There is material to interest `everyone' who has curiosity about the natural terrain and man-made structures around us. Congratulations to the authors, to the editors, and to the producers of this landmark publication.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent Reference
By Sajjad from AECOM SINGAPORE
A well written, well documented and well illustrated book I ever came across. This reference book got everything from soil mechnics to rock mechnaics. The examples and dicussion are practical. Being a practicing engineer this book got all the tools you need. I would recommeded to have this book in your reference collection. Good Job.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5excellently-written book does a a very fine job of describing the differences between the various flavors ...
By Dr. Edmund Medley, P.E., C.E.G.
I was asked to review this book by the publishers. That was 2 to 3 years ago. As it turns out, I couldn't write my review because Dr Allen Hathaway beat me to it (Env. and Eng.Geoscience. vol XVIII, no. 2, May 2012, pp 209-210). So here is my belated substitute Review- the only one I have written for Amazon, I think.

I am a Geological Engineer. I can say that with unabashed certainty, given I have an education in Geological Engineering (UBC, 1978) and subsequent professional career. I also have degrees in Geotechnical Engineering, So, I understand the difference between Geological and Geotechnical Engineering- at least as they are practised in the USA. Except here there are almost no Geological Engineers- instead the default discipline is Engineering Geology. Once upon a time, especially in Canada,Geological Engineers practised Geotechnical Engineering, Rock Engineering, Engineering Geology. Groundwater Engineering, etc. Indeed: few geoprofessionals (particularly Geotechs) understand what a Geological Engineer is anymore (see my opinions at http://edmedley.com/blog/2011/02/06/engineering-geologists-ne-geological-engineers/).Nowadays, the fields are regrettably represented by a myriad of specialized publications.

This gorgeously produced, excellently-written book does a a very fine job of describing the differences between the various flavors of Geological Engineering as it was, and has become toda, covering the salient technical background for them all. As I look at my several hundred professional books, I wonder if I should not just give them all away and stick with this book.I jest of course... Nevertheless i cannot find the equal of this book on my well-stocked shelves,

The book covers the field superbly. It would make an excellent reference for professional Engineering Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers - for the then to understand what the other is trying to say). It would be an apt and economical text book. Being a hardback, it is remarkable value - I am teaching a course in Engineering Geology where the required Earth Sciences text is a $150 paperback (although it too is a lovely book).

I particularly liked the abundant color images and the clear graphics. For a book written in Spanish and then translated into Italian and English, I could find no jarring syntax errors. It is crammed with reference to practical experience. My only criticism is an old man's comment there is no apparent reference to the use of stereo-photos. It is all well and good that there is an abundance of satellite imagery available nowadays, but in my opinion, not looking at aerial images in stereo vision is not good enough.

There are many references, Although there is a European emphasis to the book (and units arr SI), I found the "regionality" not at all distracting. i like travel, so learning about geological problems elsewhere in the world was a treat.

Bottom line: this is indeed one of the few books that I insist"belongs on your shelf" if you are an Engineering Geologist or a Geotechnical Engineer curious about how the Other Half lives.

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