Sunday, June 14, 2020

Shallow Foundations Discussions and Problem Solving Edited By Tharwat M. Baban

 Shallow Foundations Discussions and Problem Solving Edited By Tharwat M. Baban


  1.  Site Investigation in Relation to Analysis and Design of Foundations
  2. Shallow Foundations – Introductory Chapter
  3. Shallow Foundations – Settlement
  4. Shallow Foundations – Bearing Capacity
  5. Shallow Foundations – Structural Design
  6.  Eurocode Standards and the Design of Spread Foundations


This book is intended primarily to introduce civil engineers, especially geotechnical engineers and all civil engineering students reading the specialist subjects of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, to the fundamental concepts and application of shallow foundation analysis and design. Also, the furnished material can be considered as an essential reference work for practising civil engineers, consulting engineers and government authorities. The primary focus of this book is on interfacing structural elements with the underlying soil, which is, in the author’s opinion, where the major focus of shallow foundation engineering lies.

The book is not intended to be a specific text book on soil mechanics or geotechnical engineering. Therefore, there is no part of the text alone that could be used as a core syllabus for a certain course. However, it is the author’s opinion that more than 70% of the book is core material at the advanced undergraduate levels. It is expected that civil engineering students will find the text helpful in better
understanding the fundamental concepts and their implications for the analysis and design of shallow
foundations. The author tried to present the material such that separable topics and subtopics are
covered in separate sections, with clear and unambiguous titles and subtitles. Thus, it would not be
difficult for a university lecturer to draw up a personalised reading schedule, appropriate to his or
her own course. It is hoped that the book can establish itself as an effective reference and a useful text in most of the engineering colleges and technical institutions.

Generally, the given material is of an advanced level and, therefore, it is assumed that the reader has a
good understanding of basic statics and the mechanics of materials and has studied the basic principles of soil mechanics, lateral earth pressures and reinforced concrete. SI units are used throughout all the chapters and, therefore, the reader also needs to have sufficient background knowledge regarding the use of these units. The book would be very beneficial to the reader, since it provides essential data for the design of shallow foundations under ordinary circumstances.

The necessary background concepts and theories are generally presented clearly in concise forms of formulas or charts, and their applications are highlighted through solving a relatively large number of realistic problems. Moreover, the worked problems are of the types usually faced by civil engineers in practice and, therefore, the obtained information will be most valuable.

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