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Fundamentals of Ground Engineering

Fundamentals of Ground Engineering

Fundamentals of Ground Engineering
By John Atkinson

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Book Description

Fundamentals of Ground Engineering is an unconventional study guide that serves up the key principles, theories, definitions, and analyses of geotechnical engineering in bite-sized pieces. This book contains brief―one or two pages per topic―snippets of information covering the geotechnical engineering component of a typical undergraduate course in civil engineering as well as some topics for advanced courses. Written in note form, it summarizes the basic principles and theories of soil mechanics, the procedures for creating a geotechnical model, and the common analyses for slopes, foundations, and walls.

  • Puts the mechanics into soil mechanics
  • Presents information that is simple to use―structured around diagrams and formulae with few words
  • Explains detailed analyses given in the longer standard texts

A short, easily read summary of the basic theories and routine analyses of ground engineering, Fundamentals of Ground Engineering incorporates plenty of diagrams and concentrated data without going into detailed explanations. This text is an ideal reference for students, practicing civil engineers―senior and junior―and by engineering geologists.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2592979 in Books
  • Brand: CRC Press
  • Published on: 2014-05-15
  • Released on: 2014-05-13
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.00" h x .55" w x 8.50" l,
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 242 pages


  • CRC Press

Editorial Reviews

"… Professor John Atkinson takes readers on a journey of discovery – or rediscovery – of what geotechnical engineering is about. Although this is indeed another book covering common aspects of ground engineering, the approach used by Atkinson contrasts very noticeably from that adopted in the vast majority of other similarly themed works. … Those relatively new to ground engineering will find this book a useful and easily tapped into source of background information on the subject… more seasoned ground engineering practitioners will find this a refreshing book, in appearance simple but going to the heart of the various elements of geotechnical engineering. Colleagues in construction related occupations will also find this a useful tool to gain an initial appreciation of many of the geotechnical engineering aspects of construction projects. In short, Fundamentals of Ground Engineering is an interesting addition to almost any construction professional’s technical library.
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers

"The book covers, in a concise and easily readable form, the basics of geological and ground investigation, physics, and mechanics, and then applies these principles to the fundamentals of soil mechanics. It also discusses how basic soil mechanics are applied to a range of common geotechnical problems. In addition to outlining these problems, the concluding chapter sets out how the topics covered in the book can be applied to practical design. This is a critical chapter which many current texts fail to treat adequately, if at all."
―Harry Poulos, Coffey Geotechnics/University of Sydney, Australia

"I like the book so much because it covers the complete range of geotechnical engineering … from underlying principles to the design of all major geotechnical constructions. … This book is a perfect companion for those learning the subject for the first time as B.Sc and M.Sc students, and also a nice tool for practical engineers looking to refresh their knowledge. It contains the classical content as well as addresses current subjects. It offers chapter summaries and also suggests relevant literature for further study."
―Tom Schanz, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany


About the Author
John Atkinson is senior principal at Coffey Geotechnics, and emeritus professor of soil mechanics at City University, London. He is the author of several textbooks, including The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations (2nd ed) also published by Taylor & Francis.

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
2Two Stars
By Meticulous
Too basic - should call it introduction to introduction to ground engineering.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Rasp Dough
Short communication with simple illustration styles

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
3Doesn't seem ideal for any audience
By Camber
I had high hopes for this book, but came away from it with mixed feelings and a bit disappointed overall.

On the positive side, I like the bite-size format of the book.

But on the negative side, while the title is "Fundamentals of Ground Engineering", much of the material is at grad school level, and not explained in this book with enough depth and patience to enable the reader to understand it unless the reader is already familiar with it from other reading. Tied with this, I think there's too much emphasis on conveying concepts via mathematics rather than words. And further in this vein, the content of the book seems better oriented towards academia rather than practice, even though the book lacks sufficient thoroughness for academic use.

Unfortunately, I envision putting this book on the shelf and not referring to it much or at all in the future, since better references are available for my needs as a practitioner.

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