Geotechnical engineering defines soil properties and strength, as well as the mechanics of soil and rocks. It involves other important earth materials like snow, clay, slit and sand. This discipline focuses on the use of scientific methods and engineering principles to interpret the characteristics of the ground to determine suitability for building and construction.
This book serve as a textbook for undergraduate students in Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Engineering Geology. It is written in line with the model syllabus prescribed by All India Council for Technical Education. The book will be equally useful to candidates appearing for competitive examinations and for practising engineers.
1. Introduction to Soil Mechanics
2. Basic Soil Properties
3. Plasticity Characteristics of Soil
4. Classification of Soil
5. Permeability and Seepage
6. Effective Stress Principle
7. Compaction of Soil
8. Stresses in Soil
9. Consolidation of Soil
10. Shear Strength of Soil
11. Stability of Slopes
12. Introduction to Soil Exploration
K. K. Babu :- obtained his B.Sc. Engineering from Government Engineering College, Thrissur, ME from IISc Bangalore and Ph.D. from Cochin University of Science and Technology. He joined N.S.S College of Engineering, Palakkad in 1983 and served there for 25 years. From 2008 to 2020 he was Principal in a few self-financing engineering colleges. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India), the Indian Geotechnical Society, and the Institution of Valuers. He is also a member of the Indian Roads Congress and the Indian Society for Technical Education. He is a Professional Engineer (India) and IBBI registered valuer. An active consultant, he has undertaken many research projects and authored several papers in technical journals and conference proceedings.A.K. Raji :- obtained her B.Tech. from Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam and M Tech. and Ph.D. from NIT Calicut. She started her career as lecturer in Civil Engineering in N S S College of Engineering, Palakkad in 1987 and retired as Professor and Head of the Department in 2020. She is a recipient of the Young Scientist award, Kerala Science Congress (1996) and Young Scientist Merit Award, Indian Science Congress (1997). She has undertaken many funded research projects and authored forty-five papers in technical journals and conference proceedings. She is a consultant to many governmental and non- governmental organizations. She is a member of the Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Roads Congress, and Indian Society for Technical Education.K.S. Beena :- obtained her Ph. D from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She has more than thirty years of teaching and research experience in the field of Geotechnical Engineering, contributing a number of papers in international journals and conferences. She is a recipient of the prestigious Endeavour Fellowship award from the Government of Australia. She has undertaken many funded research projects and produced eight Ph. D degrees under her guidance. Presently, she is Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Cochin University of Science and Technology and Professor in Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, CUSAT. She is also an active consultant in the area of geotechnical engineering, ground improvement, and ground disaster management.