This book is an outcome of extensive experiences of practicing engineers who have worked in
the professional field as well as those of research and teaching. The students and the practicing
engineers, through the book, can share the knowledge and experience acquired during their
long professional careers.
An engineer must know the basic design aspects even if he opts to be a construction engineer
or a manager and, more so if he prefers to be a designer or a research worker. This has been
kept in view.
This edition is extensively revised and updated. All chapters of the original book / first edition
have been modified, updated and amplified. Sequencing of dealing with topics is also changed
with a view to rationalise the development of the subject.
The entire subject matter is treated in following 5 parts:
Part I : General and Index Propertie
Part II : Derived Properties
Part III : Field Investigations
Part IV : Designs
Part V : Miscellaneous.
Keeping in mind the technological advancement and changing techniques, new chapters on
Instrumentation, Shallow Foundations, Deep Foundations, Tiebacks and Anchors, Reinforced
Earth, Slabs on Grade, and Soil Stabilization have been added in this edition. Also included are
some useful case histories and a history in brief of Soil Mechanics.
Theoretical analysis has been presented with clear formulation of the underlying assumptions.
Equations have generally been developed from the first principles and illustrated by suitable
examples. Laboratory tests have been briefly described for understanding the testing procedures
and for the appreciation of their merits. Field tests and their essential correlations are given in so
far as they are useful to a design engineer.
Following Salient features should facilitate better understanding of the related matter of the
* 317 Neatly Drawn Self Explanatory Figures
* 51 Photographs
* 173 Useful Tables
* 90 Illustrative Worked Examples
* 264 Exercises at the ends of chapters.
Other cogent information has been included in the form of new Appendices. Systéme
Internationale d’Unités, generally referred to as SI Units, has been introduced in the
Appendix VI. And, the relevant Indian Standards have been grouped together in Appendix
VII. These should be useful to the students as well as to the practicing engineers.
The book fully covers the syllabii of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering for Civil
Engineering students preparing for the Degree courses and also partly covers the post-graduate
curriculum of almost all the Indian Universities. It will be useful to students of Diploma
Examinations conducted by various Boards of Technical Education, Certificate Courses as well
as for the A.M.I.E., U.P.S.C., G.A.T.E., I.E.S. and other similar competitive and professional
examinations. It is, nevertheless, written with a design bias and it is intended that this book is a
reliable and useful companion in professional career.