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Principles of Foundation Engineering

Principles of Foundation Engineering

Principles of Foundation Engineering
By Braja M. Das

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Originally published in the fall of 1983, Braja M. Das' Seventh Edition of PRINCIPLES OF FOUNDATION ENGINEERING continues to maintain the careful balance of current research and practical field applications that has made it the leading text in foundation engineering courses. Featuring a wealth of worked-out examples and figures that help students with theory and problem-solving skills, the book introduces civil engineering students to the fundamental concepts and application of foundation analysis design. Throughout, Das emphasizes the judgment needed to properly apply the theories and analysis to the evaluation of soils and foundation design as well as the need for field experience.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #636463 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-03-08
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.40" h x 7.40" w x 9.30" l, 3.05 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 816 pages

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About the Author
Dr. Braja Das is Dean Emeritus of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Sacramento. He received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of a number of geotechnical engineering texts and reference books and more than 250 technical papers in the area of geotechnical engineering. His primary areas of research include shallow foundations, earth anchors, and geosynthetics. Dr. Das is a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Life Member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and an Emeritus Member of the Chemical and Mechanical Stabilization Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council (Washington D.C.). He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, including the AMOCO Foundation Award, the AT&T Award for Teaching Excellence from the American Society for Engineering Education, the Ralph Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Texas at El Paso.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5A must for those taking the Civil Geotechnical PE exam
By engrstudent1984
This text along with, "Geotechnical Engineer's Portable Handbook (also available on Amazon)" were my primary references for the Geotechnical Civil PE Exam. This book has a good overview basic soil principles, tests, settlement, etc. and is sufficient for pretty much every question on the depth portion of the exam. As the title suggests this book excels in the explaination, details, and different methodologies for all types of foundations. If you read and understand this book you'll definitely be good to go in my opinion. A word of caution, while many simplified equations are presented for bearing/pile capacity the PE exam likes to use certain forms of the equation. As a result certain design factors in this text can and will likely vary from what you may need to use on the test. This can definitely cause you to select the wrong answer on the exam. I know I did this on plenty of practice exams. So if you do use this text as an exam reference be aware of that and closely read if the exam provides you with the form and factors of any needed equation.

This book, like many other references, falls short on covering special topics that would be presented on the PE exam (seismic, difficult/expansive soils, soil improvement/stabilization, etc.). I feel like the portable handbook previously mentioned does a better job with those topics. Overall this is an excellent resource and definitely one you'd want in your arsenal to be successful on the exam.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Pretty good I guess
By Mike
Fairly well-written, concise. Fairly good explanations of concepts. Sometimes unclear, some mistakes or misprints. For example, I got docked points on my homework because problem 2.3 on page 127 says depth 7.9m instead of 7.5m. This cheaper, paperback, international version is almost exactly the same as the expensive, hardcover, US customary unit version. Page numbers almost always line up between the two versions, and the same quantities seem to be used in both versions. For example, the US customary unit version lists an outer diameter of 3" on problem 2.1 of page 126. This versions problem 2.1 of page 126 lists an outer diameter of 76.2mm, the metric length equivalent.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Straightforward descriptions of the models used in foundation engineering; ...
By J
Straightforward descriptions of the models used in foundation engineering; examples are helpful, and cover enough cases that there is no ambiguity while still not taking up too much space.
Can't comment on how well suited it is to real-world application, as I'm still a student.
Variables aren't defined each time they are used, and a single letter can have multiple definitions. I'm naming troubles come directly from the technical papers it references, though, and undefined variables usually match the most recent usage of the letter.

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