Geotechnical Engineering

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A Practical Problem Solving Approach
By Nagaratnam Sivakugan and Braja M. Das
Softcover, 7.5 x 9.25 w/DVD, 520 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-016-7
January 2010
A Title in J. Ross Publishing’s Eureka Series


Geotechnical Engineering: A Practical Problem Solving Approach covers all of the major geotechnical topics in the simplest possible way adopting a hands-on approach with a very strong practical bias. You will learn the material through several worked examples that are representative of realistic field situations whereby geotechnical engineering principles are applied to solve real-life problems. There are a few carefully selected review exercises at the end of each chapter with answers given whenever possible. Also included are closed-book quizzes that should be completed within the specified times and will make you think and point you to what you have missed.

About The Eureka Series

The books in the J. Ross Publishing Eureka Series are engineering textbooks for a new generation. Engineers are problem solvers. Developing problem-solving skills is one of the key learning outcomes expected of engineering students and the Eureka Series of books provides just that. 60-70% of each book is devoted to practical problem solving with 30-40% covers fundamental concepts. Similar to problem-based learning, the subject material is integrated with extensive worked examples, quizzes and review exercises. The writing style is lean and simple while not compromising on the breadth or depth of the subject matter.
Books in the Eureka Series are written by renowned scholars with outstanding university careers who have also made significant contributions to teaching and learning. The books are written and presented in a reader-friendly style using symbols to identify the summary points, reference type questions, difficult problems, and quizzes.

Key Features

  • Offers carefully selected solved problems with a wide range of difficulty levels — from simple to challenging
  • Presents the material in the most concise explanation possible, but adequate enough to solve the problems
  • Demonstrates theory through practical problem solving and with less reliance on mathematics
  • Includes a DVD of the Student Edition of GeoStudio that can be used for solving a wide range of geotechnical problems
  • Offers considerable coverage of foundation engineering – bearing capacity and settlements of shallow and deep foundations
  • WAV offers downloadable PowerPoint slides to assist in classroom instruction and references — available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center

About the author(s)

Dr. Nagaratnam Sivakugan is Associate Professor and Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, James Cook University, Australia. He graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka with First Class Honors, and received his MSCE and Ph.D. from Purdue University. As a Chartered Professional Engineer and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland, he does substantial consulting work for geotechnical and mining companies throughout Australia and internationally. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Dr. Sivakugan has published more than 50 scientific and technical papers in refereed international journals, and 50 more in refereed international conference proceedings.

Dr. Braja M. Das, Professor and Dean Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, is presently a Geotechnical Consulting Engineer in the State of Nevada. He earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa and Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a registered professional engineer. He is the author of geotechnical engineering texts and reference books including Principles of Geotechnical Engineering, Principles of Foundation Engineering, Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering, and Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. Das has served on the editorial boards of several international journals and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering. He has authored more than 250 technical papers in the area of geotechnical engineering.

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