Using an engineer's perspective, it offers a concrete account of the basic facts and experiences regarding the behavior of different rock types in engineering construction. Details geological exploration techniques, stressing drilling and logging core samples. Features a chapter on active faults in engineering projects including legal arguments about project sites. Illustrative case studies, ranging from the Auburn Dam controversy to international examples of single collapse problems, aid in students' awareness of rock mass propensities and structures.
A textbook for advanced undergraduate or graduate students of civil engineering, covering the properties and behavior of rock that are relevant to the profession. Assumes no previous knowledge of geology. Designed to be supplemented with field and laboratory exercises. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)