Introduction to Soft Soil Geotechnique

Content, Context and Application


Barends, F.B.J.

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Habitable space in deltas and river basins is under increasing pressure worldwide from economic expansion, population growth and the impacts of climate change. It is expected that within 40 years, 80% of all people will live in deltaic regions. An understanding of the complex behavior of the subsoil is particularly important in these areas. Solutions must be found which draw on the potential of the coastal system and enhance safety in densely populated coastal areas whilst minimizing ecological impact.

This book focuses on the behavior of soft soils, notably sand, silt, clay and peat. The first part of the book explains and summarizes fundamental aspects of the complicated multi-phase material we refer to as soil. In the second and third parts of the book this theoretical knowledge is further developed and used to analyze a large number of specific soil-related problems including slope stability, earth retaining structures, foundations, ground improvement, environmental impact, underground construction, coastal engineering and dike technology.

In addition, the book deals with the issue of context - the society within which the geotechnical engineer must operate - and explores the aspects of public perception and transparency which must be addressed if the engineer is to enjoy adequate social support for his indispensable contribution. Exercise applications are also included, providing ample support for self-training and teaching.

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