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Geotechnical Site Characterization

Book Description

The topic of site characterization is unique to geotechnical engineering and owes its significance directly to the variability of the natural geologic deposits on the earth’s surface. Proper site characterization requires an understanding of various field and laboratory investigation methods. The book discusses the suitability of various methods under different site conditions and presents the procedures to derive design parameters based on interpretation of test results. Recent developments in specialized site characterization methods (such as seismic hazard evaluation) are also included. Three recent case histories are presented, where site characterization played a key role. The three disparate cases include soft natural soil under static loading, coarse and fine-grained soil under seismic impact, and hazardous waste deposits under both static and seismic loading. Site investigation requirements of building codes are discussed and guidelines for preparing a typical site characterization report are presented. The book is aimed at the practicing geotechnical engineer, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students.

Table of Contents

  1. cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Abstract
  5. Content
  6. List of Figures
  7. Liast of Tables
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
  10. Chapter 2: Site Characterization Process
    1. 2.1: Introduction
    2. 2.2: Background Research
    3. 2.3: Site Reconnaissance
    4. 2.4: Field Exploration
    5. 2.5: Subsurface Profiles
  11. 3: Geophysical Site Exploration Methods
    1. 3.1: Introduction
    2. 3.2: Geophysical Methods Using Electromagnetic Waves
    3. 3.3: Geophysical Methods Using Mechanical Waves
  12. 4: In–Situ Geotechnical Exploration and Sampling Methods
    1. 4.1: Standard Penetration Test
    2. 4.2: Cone Penetration Test
    3. 4.3: Vane Shear Test
    4. 4.4: Pressuremeter Test
    5. 4.5: Dilatometer Test
    6. 4.6: Full–Flow Penetrometers
  13. 5: Geotechnical Laboratory Testing Methods
    1. 5.1: Introduction
    2. 5.2: Sample Preparation
    3. 5.3: Laboratory Index Tests
    4. 5.4: Laboratory Performance Tests
    5. 5.5: Significant Figures for Geotechnical Laboratory Data
  14. 6: Specialized Site Characterization Methods
    1. 6.1: Geoenvironmental Site Characterization
    2. 6.2: Rock Sampling, Testing, and Characterization
    3. 6.3: Conformance Testing for Construction Monitoring and Construction Quality Assurance
  15. 7: Application of Site Characterization to Design
    1. 7.1: Introduction
    2. 7.2: Development of Design Parameters for Static Analyses
    3. 7.3: Seismic Site Characterization
  16. 8: Case Histories
    1. 8.1: Introduction
    2. 8.2: Case History 1: Site Characterization for Flood Protection Systems–Before and After a Failure
    3. 8.3: Case History 2: Seismic Site Characterization, Including Postearthquake Reconnaissance
    4. 8.4: Case History 3: Geoenvironmental Site Characterization
  17. 9: Site Investigation Requirements
    1. 9.1: Site Investigation Requirements of Building Codes
    2. 9.2: Contents of a Typical Site Characterization Report
  18. 10: Ethical Considerations in Site Characterization
    1. 10.1: Background
    2. 10.2 Contractual Arrangement
    3. 10.3 Supervision
    4. 10.4 Transfer of Project
    5. 10.5 Lapses and Their Consequence
    6. Appendix A Outline of Geotechnical Site Characterization Report
    7. Index
    8. Back Cover