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Geotechnical Engineering: Principles and Practices, 1/e

Donald P. Coduto, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Published July, 1998 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1999, 800 pp.
Cloth Bound w/CD-ROM
ISBN 0-13-576380-0

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For undergraduate-level courses in Introductory Geotechnical Engineering. This introduction to geotechnical engineering explores both the principles of soil mechanics and their application to engineering practice — and offers a more rigorous — yet still accessible and easy-to-read — approach, more technical depth, and more emphasis on understanding the physical basis for soil behavior.


Offers a strong presentation of basic principles and the underlying assumptions.
Applies principles to practical problems — emphasizing the role of geotechnical engineering in real design projects.
Carefully integrates computer software (available through the Prentice Hall ftp site-www.prenhall.com/coduto) into the learning process.

  • Throughout, students must always first learn how to do each analysis by hand; then they progress to the software.
  • Once they have mastered the concepts, the software allows them to explore more complex problems without being burdened by tedious computations.
Makes frequent references to sources of uncertainties in geotechnical analyses to help students understand that geotechnical engineering is not a precise science.
Offers a full chapter on engineering geology — especially useful for those students with no previous exposure to geology.
Provides a detailed introduction to geoenvironmental engineering — an important new area.
Considers earth slopes, landslides, and related issues.
Discusses geotechnical earthquake engineering.
Makes extensive use of photographs.
Contains approximately 87 example problems.
Features approximately 305 questions and practice problems — including numerical problem-solving, definitions, and short essay questions.
  • Intersperses questions and problems throughout each chapter so students have the opportunity to practice the material before going on with the rest of the chapter.
  • Includes comprehensive problems at the end of each chapter.
Coordinated with a companion book, Foundation Design: Principles and Practices/2e.

Table of Contents
    Notions and Units of Measurement.
    1. Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering.
    2. Engineering Geology.
    3. Site Exploration and Characterization.
    4. Soil Composition.
    5. Soil Classification.
    6. Excavation, Grading, and Compacted Fill.
    7. Groundwater — Fundamentals.
    8. Groundwater — Applications.
    9. Geoenvironmental Engineering.
    10. Stress.
    11. Compressibility and Settlement.
    12. Rate of Consolidation.
    13. Strength.
    14. Stability of Earth Slopes.
    15. Dams and Levees.
    16. Lateral Earth Pressures and Retaining Walls.
    17. Structural Foundations.
    18. Difficult Soils.
    19. Soil Improvement.
    20. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering.
    Appendix A. Recommended Resources for Further Study.
    Appendix B. Unit Conversion Factors.
    Appendix C. Computer Software.
    Name Index.
    Subject Index.


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