Geotechnical Engineering Principles and Practices of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering27 November 2017
Geotechnical Engineering Principles and Practices of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
This book has the following objectives:
1. T o explain the fundamentals of the subject from theory to practice in a logical way
2. T o be comprehensive an d mee t th e requirements o f undergraduate students
3. T o serve as a foundation course for graduate students pursuing advanced knowledge in the subject
There are 21 chapters i n this book. The first chapter trace s the historical background o f the
subject and the second deals with the formation and mineralogical composition o f soils.
Chapter 3 covers th e inde x properties an d classification of soil. Chapters 4 and 5 explain soi l permeability , seepage, an d th e effec t o f water on stress conditions in soil .
Stresses developed in soil due to imposed surface loads , compressibility and consolidation characteristics , and shear strength characteristics o f soil are dealt with in Chapters 6,7 , and 8 respectively. The first eight chapters develop the necessary tools for computing compressibility an d strength characteristics o f soils.
Chapter 9 deals with methods for obtainig soil samples in the field for laboratory tests and for constructed on an outcrop of sound rock, no foundation is required. Hence, in contrast to the
building itself which satisfies specific needs, appeals to the aesthetic sense, and fills its
matters with pride, the foundations merely serve as a remedy for the deficiencies of whatever
whimsical nature has provided for the support of the structure at the site which has been
selected. On account of the fact that there is no glory attached to the foundations, and that
the sources of success or failures are hidden deep in the ground, building foundations have
always been treated as step children; and their acts of revenge for the lack of attention can be
The comments made by Terzaghi are very significan t an d shoul d b e take n not e o f by all
practicing Architects an d Engineers. Architects or Engineers who do not wish to make use of the growing knowledge of foundation design are not rendering true service t o their profession. Since substructures are as important as superstructures, persons wh o are well qualified in
the design ofsubstructures should always be consulted an d the old proverb tha t a ‘stitc h i n time save s nine ‘ should always be kept in mind.