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Foundations of Engineering Geology, Third Edition

Foundations of Engineering Geology, Third Edition

Foundations of Engineering Geology, Third Edition
By Tony Waltham

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Book Description

Now in full colour, the third edition of this well established book provides a readable and highly illustrated overview of the aspects of geology that are most significant to civil engineers.

Sections in the book include those devoted to the main rock types, weathering, ground investigation, rock mass strength, failures of old mines, subsidence on peats and clays, sinkholes on limestone and chalk, water in landslides, slope stabilization and understanding ground conditions. The roles of both natural and man-induced processes are assessed, and this understanding is developed into an appreciation of the geological environments potentially hazardous to civil engineering and construction projects. For each style of difficult ground, available techniques of site investigation and remediation are reviewed and evaluated.

Each topic is presented as a double page spread with a careful mix of text and diagrams, with tabulated reference material on parameters such as bearing strength of soils and rocks. This new edition has been comprehensively updated and covers the entire spectrum of topics of interest for both students and practitioners in the field of civil engineering.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1039978 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2009-06-07
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.60" h x .30" w x 8.20" l, .90 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 104 pages


  • Routledge Chapman Hall

Editorial Reviews

"A useful source for a quick insight into the subject or a reminder for the practising engineer when difficult ground is encountered."
Ground Engineering

About the Author
Tony Waltham lives in Nottingham, UK, having now retired from many years as a university lecturer in engineering geology.

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Good Intro to Both Geology and Engineering Geology
By Fireman721
As a professional geologist that spent much time associating and working with engineers in the petroleum industry I always was interested in a combination of the 2 disciplines. I saw a similar text to this in the book store of a very highly thought of engineering school the the US and didn't pick it up but wish I had. The coverage of geology is pretty thorough if basic and more descriptive than quantitative (except for a few chapters in the middle on rock and soil strength). To cut to the chase what I like about this book is the abundant real-world examples which are included. If nothing else any professional working in this discipline should come away with a sense of striving for a thorough understanding of the geology and probable mechanical rock strengths before beginning any engineering project.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
3Adequate for those practising in related fields
By Daniel
The book provides concise information on the main topics associated with Engineering Geology and related disciplines. It is not highly technical, which some may consider a negative, however as a casual reference for a practising engineer in a related field e.g. Geotechnical engineering or civil engineering, it is sometimes good not to get bogged down in the detail. For this reason though, the book would not serve undergraduate study particularly well, as there is a fair a amount of assumed knowledge required to get the greatest benefit from this book.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Nice choice
By Alkiviadis
Small, comprehensive, nice coloured figures and sketches. It is very good to acquire a general idea but not if you want to luxuriate.

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