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An Introduction To Geotechnical Engineering 2nd Edition Pdf

An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 2nd Edition PDF

Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering that deals with the behavior and design of soil and rock materials for various applications, such as foundations, slopes, tunnels, dams, and earth structures. Geotechnical engineering requires a solid understanding of the geology, mechanics, and properties of geomaterials, as well as the methods and techniques for testing, analysis, and design.

One of the most comprehensive and up-to-date textbooks on geotechnical engineering is An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering by Robert D. Holtz, William D. Kovacs, and Thomas C. Sheahan. This book covers the fundamental concepts and principles of geotechnical engineering in a clear and concise manner, with numerous examples, problems, and case studies. The book also provides an overview of the historical development and modern practice of geotechnical engineering, as well as the accuracy and limitations of geotechnical analyses.

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The second edition of this book was published in 2011 by Pearson Education. It has been revised and updated to reflect the latest developments and standards in the field. Some of the new features of the second edition include:

  • A new chapter on advanced topics in shear strength of soils and rocks, covering topics such as stress paths, pore pressure parameters, critical state soil mechanics, modulus and constitutive models, drained and undrained behavior of sands, residual strength, strength of unsaturated soils, dynamic loading, and failure theories for rock.

  • More coverage of soil structure and fabric, soil profiles, soil horizons, soil taxonomy, special soil deposits, transitional materials, hard soils versus soft rocks, rock macrostructure and classification.

  • More coverage of in situ testing methods for determining the compressibility and shear strength of soils and rocks.

  • More coverage of seepage analysis using flow nets and numerical methods.

  • More coverage of settlement analysis using tangent modulus method and Burland's intrinsic compressibility properties.

  • More coverage of expansive soils and rocks, collapsible soils and subsidence, frost action, shrinkage phenomena in soils.

  • More coverage of compaction equipment and procedures, specifications and compaction control, performance of compacted soils.

  • More coverage of clay minerals and their identification, activity, specific surface, interaction with water and clay particles.

  • More coverage of angle of repose of sands, plane strain behavior of sands.

  • More coverage of sensitivity of clays.

  • More examples, problems, figures, tables, references, and appendices.

The second edition of this book is available in both print and eTextbook formats. The print version has 864 pages and costs $213.32. The eTextbook version can be accessed online or downloaded to a device for offline reading. The eTextbook version costs $59.99 per month or $179.99 per four-month term. The eTextbook version also comes with a Pearson+ subscription that offers access to thousands of other Pearson textbooks and study tools.

If you are looking for a free PDF version of this book, you may find some unofficial sources on the internet. However, these sources may not be reliable or legal. They may also contain errors or viruses that can harm your device or compromise your privacy. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase or rent the official version from Pearson or other authorized sellers.

If you want to learn more about this book or geotechnical engineering in general, you can visit the following websites:

  • [Pearson's official website] for this book, where you can find more information about the book's features, contents, authors, reviews, sample chapters, instructor resources, student resources, etc.

  • [], where you can find a free PDF preview of this book's first chapter.

  • [Geotechpedia]( where you can find a comprehensive online database of geotechnical engineering resources such as books, papers, software, equipment, etc.

  • []( where you can find a global portal for geotechnical engineering news, education, research, publications, events, etc.

We hope this article has been helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Thank you for reading and happy learning!


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