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Foundation Design : Principles and Practices - 2nd edition

Foundation Design : Principles and Practices (ISBN10: 0135897068; ISBN13: 9780135897065)
ISBN13: 978-0135897065
ISBN10: 0135897068

Summary: For undergraduate/graduate-level foundation engineering courses.

Covers the subject matter thoroughly and systematically, while being easy to read. Emphasizes a thorough understanding of concepts and terms before proceeding with analysis and design, and carefully integrates the principles of foundation engineering with their application to practical design problems.


  • N moreEW--Expanded coverage of earth retaining structures--Features separate full chapters on cantilever walls and sheet pile walls.
  • Teaches students how to design both kinds of retaining structures.
  • NEW--A chapter on reliability-based design.
  • Discusses LRFD as it effects both the structural and geotechnical aspects of design. Includes AASHTO load and resistance factors.
  • NEW--Reorganized chapters on deep foundations.
  • Provides more systematic coverage.
  • NEW--Revised coverage of laterally loaded deep foundations.
  • Provides more emphasis on p-y analyses.
  • NEW--Expanded discussions of dynamic methods of deep foundation analysis.
  • Explains the principles and uses of these methods, and includes newer methods, such as Statnamic tests.
  • NEW--More emphasis on the differences between strength requirements and serviceability requirements.
  • Makes the subject more consistent with LRFD design methodologies.
  • NEW--Questions and practice problems--Interspersed throughout each chapter.
  • Gives students the opportunity to practice the material before going on with the rest of the chapter.
  • NEW--Coordinated coverage--With the text Geotechnical Engineering: Principles and Practices.
  • Systematic coverage of topics with consistent notation and problem-solving methods. These items are reviewed in Chapters 3 and 4, so students who used another geotechnical engineering text can still use Foundation Design.
  • A multidisciplinary approach--Integrates geotechnical, structural, and construction aspects of foundation engineering.
  • Helps students understand the importance of all three areas, and how they impact each other.
  • A strong presentation of basic principles and the underlying assumptions.
  • Helps students develop an understanding of why foundations behave as they do--not just cookbook formulas.
  • Practical solutions to real design problems.
  • Helps student understand how to apply principles of analysis and design.
  • Frequent references to uncertainties and reliability issues.
  • Helps students become familiar with the sources and approximate magnitude of error in analysis and design.
  • Coverage of both geotechnical and structural issues.
  • Helps students engaged in comprehensive design projects--especially in completing the foundation design aspects of such projects.
  • Carefully integrated use of computer software--Accompanying software (available on the Prentice Hall http site) has been developed specifically for educational purposes. It is easy to use and is integrated with the text and homework problems.
  • Once students have mastered the principles and can do the analysis by hand; the software helps them do homework more quickly and easily, and permits them to explore parametric studies that would be too cumbersome to do by hand.
  • Extensive use of example problems.
  • Illustrates the analysis and design techniques.
  • Questions and Practice Problems--Includes numerical problem solving, definitions, and short essay questions.
  • Comprehensive problems at the end of each chapter. less

Edition/Copyright: 2ND 01
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 07/10/2000
International: No

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