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
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Soil Mechanics-Civil & Environmental Engineering
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
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
Carefully integrates computer software (available
through the Prentice Hall ftp site-www.prenhall.com/coduto) into the
Makes frequent references to sources of uncertainties
in geotechnical analyses to help students understand that geotechnical
engineering is not a precise science.
- 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.
Offers a full chapter on engineering geology
especially useful for those students with no previous exposure to
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
Coordinated with a companion book, Foundation Design:
Principles and Practices/2e.
- 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
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.
11. Compressibility and Settlement.
12. Rate of Consolidation.
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.