Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Second Edition

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April 11, 2011


Mixed media product, 528 pages

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0071761330 / 9780071761338


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A complete, up-to-date guide for forensic engineers

Fully revised and packed with current case studies, Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Second Edition provides a step-by-step approach to conducting a professional forensic geotechnical and foundation investigation. This authoritative resource explains how to:

  • Investigate damage, deterioration, and collapse in a structure
  • Determine what caused the damage
  • Develop repair recommendations
  • Diagnose cracks
  • Prepare files and reports
  • Avoid civil liability

    Helpful charts and photographs aid in your understanding of the material covered. With expert advice on all aspects of the process--from accepting the assignment to delivering compelling testimony--this is a practical, all-in-one guide to geotechnical and foundation investigations in forensic engineering.

    Explains how to investigate damage due to:
    Settlement of structures * Expansive soil * Lateral Movement * Earthquakes * Erosion * Deterioration * Bearing Capacity Failures * Shrinkage Cracking of Concrete Foundations * Timber Decay * Soluble Soil * Groundwater and Moisture Problems * And Other Causes

    Table of contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction
    Part 1: Assignment and Investigation
    Chapter 2. The Assignment
    Chapter 3. The Investigation
    Part 2: Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Investigations
    Chapter 4. Settlement of Structures
    Chapter 5. Expansive Soil
    Chapter 6. Lateral Movement
    Chapter 7. Other Geotechnical and Foundation Problems
    Chapter 8. Groundwater and Moisture Problems
    Part 3: Repairs and Crack Diagnosis
    Chapter 9. Repairs
    Chapter 10. Crack Diagnosis
    Part 4: Reducing Potential Liability
    Chapter 11. Concluding Chapter
    Appendix A. Recommended Practices for Design Professionals Engaged as Experts in the Resolution of Construction Industry Disputes (ASFE)
    Appendix B. Case Management Order
    Appendix C. References

    Author comments

    Robert W. Day is a leading forensic engineer and the chief engineer at American Geotechnical in San Diego, California. He serves on advisory committees for several professional associations, including ASCE, ASTM, and NCEES. Day is the author of more than 200 published technical papers and several books, including two editions of Foundation Engineering Handbook and Geotechnical Engineer's Portable Handbook. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees in structural engineering from Villanova University and a master’s degree in civil engineering and a civil engineer degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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