Professor Jean Louis Briaud has completed a major textbook entitled “geotechnical engineering: unsaturated and saturated soils”.
Most books designed for an introductory course in geotechnical engineering focus on saturated soil mechanics. Geotechnical Engineering: Unsaturated and Saturated Soils takes a new approach, based on the fundamentals of unsaturated soils and extends the description to a wide variety of applications.
Written by an international leader in the field, this comprehensive introduction presents geotechnical engineering as dealing with a true three-phase soil while treating saturated soil as a special case, rather than the other way around. It covers numerous topics that reveal the vast domain covered by geotechnical engineering and its important contributions to many elements of infrastructure. It includes, in addition to conventional subjects, a number of topics typically left out of undergraduate geotechnical courses.
The chapters are:
Geotechnical Engineering: Unsaturated and Saturated Soils takes students beyond the usual confines of an undergraduate introduction to become a useful reference as they enter graduate studies or begin their careers. The book has 1000 pages, 1300 illustrations, and 400 problems with the solutions in the book as well.
Jean-Louis Briaud, PhD. is the Past President of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He is a Professor and Holder of the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering here at Texas A&M University and a research engineer with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Over the last thirty years, he has conducted extensive research on various aspects of geotechnical engineering and has been a consultant on large-scale projects.
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