Geotechnical Engineering Soil and Foundation Principles and Practice, 5th Ed.

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-25
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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This is a complete revision and reorganization of a popular textbook, Soil Engineering, which went through 4 editions and was last published in 1983. Over 44,000 copies of previous editions we sold averaging 11,000 copies per edition. New material being introduced on Soil Fabric and Soil structure, Mechanical Stabilized Earth (MSE) and soil nailing, Intermediate Foundations, and a new chapter on In-situ soil testing using measurement methods developed by the author. Written by an academic and professional with many years experience in soils and geotechnical engineering and active contributor to many journals and publications

Author Biography

Richard L. Handy, Ph. D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering at Iowa State University. He is also the founder of Handy Geotechnical Instruments, a company that manufactures innovative soil testing devices. Dr. Handy is the author of The Day the House Fell and co-author of the Third and Fourth Editions of Soil Engineering. Recognized as a scientist as well as an engineer, he is a Fellow in the Geological Society of America and also in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. M.G. Spangler (deceased) was a Research Professor at Iowa State University and is well-known internationally as the author of the “Marston-Spangler theory for loads on underground conduits.” He also conducted seminal research on pressures on retaining walls and many other topics. He was a recipient of the Marston Medal at Iowa State University and was an Honorary Member of ASCE.

Table of Contents

Igneous Rocks as Ultimate Sources for Soils

The Soil Profile

Soil Minerals

Particle Size and Gradation

Soil Fabric and Soil Structure

Soil Density and Unit Weight

Soil Water

Soil Consistency and Engineering Classification



Stress Distribution


Shear Strength

Lateral Stress and Retaining Walls

MSE Walls and Soil Nailing

Slope Stability, Landslides, Embankments and Earth Dams

Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations

Deep Foundations

Intermediate Foundations

Loads on Pipes

In-Situ Testing

Introduction to Soil Dynamics

The Geotechnical Report

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