21 Best Books on Foundation Engineering

We have compiled a list of the Best Reference Books on Foundation Engineering, which are used by students of top universities, and colleges. This will help you choose the right book depending on if you are a beginner or an expert. Here is the complete list of Foundation Engineering Books with their authors, publishers, and an unbiased review of them as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase them. If permissible, you can also download the free PDF books on Foundation Engineering below.

1. Foundation Engineering

1."Modern Geotechnical Engineering" by A Singh
Book Review: The book contains a separate chapter called soil engineering experiments that provides the description of laboratory tests that are carried out at the undergraduate level. The book covers tests on moisture content determination, specific gravity determination, particle size determination, consistency limits, permeability determination, consolidation test compaction tests, field density and swelling pressure determination.

2."Principles of Foundation Engineering" by B M Das
Book Review: This book maintains a perfect balance between the current research and practical field applications thereby making it one of the most popular textbook in foundation engineering courses. The book contains numerous worked out examples and diagrams that is very useful for students with theory and problem solving skills. The book also introduces the fundamental concepts and foundation analysis design applications to the students of civil engineering. The author emphasizes on correct application of theories and analysis to soil evaluation, foundation design and field experience.

3."Theory and Practice of Foundation Design" by N Som
“Theory and Practice of Foundation Design” Book Review: The book offers a clear and precise introduction, key concepts, and principles of foundation design. The practices, foundations, and recent developments in the preceding field are highlighted. The pre-design and post-design methodologies namely, soil identification, site investigation, design parameters, settlement analyses, and seismic response are discussed in detail. The earthquake resistant designs are thoroughly explained. For providing practical knowledge to the readers, the book features many ground improvement techniques. It contains many real-world problems, examples, and the references of actual cases. The book will be useful for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of civil engineering.

4."Advanced Foundation Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering Series" by V N S Murthy
“Advanced Foundation Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering Series” Book Review: The book covers all the major aspects, concepts, and theory of foundation and geotechnical engineering. The topics like geotechnical properties of soil, soil exploration, shallow foundation, deep foundation, cellular cofferdams, foundations on collapsible and expansive soil, braced-cuts and drainage, machine foundations, and soil improvement are discussed in detail. It presents many methodologies and techniques to solve the problems occurring in foundation and geotechnical engineering. The book will be suitable for the undergraduate and postgraduate students, practicing engineers, consultants, researchers and professionals of geotechnical and foundation engineering. It will be beneficial for the students preparing for GATE, UPSC and other national selection entrance examinations.

5."Foundation Engineering Handbook" by Hsai-Yang Fang
“Foundation Engineering Handbook” Book Review: The book features all the recent developments and amendments in the field of geotechnical and foundation engineering. The latest applications of foundation engineering are highlighted in this book. Many new methodologies and designs of construction are featured, to overcome the problems like soil deposit. The recent design concepts, construction materials, methods, and equipment are addressed in this book. The book also features some cost-saving techniques.

“Foundation Engineering” Book Review: This book is beneficial for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of civil engineering and practising engineers. This book gives a very in- depth knowledge on foundation engineering. It also provides a solid foundation for the students to help them in the future practice purposes. This book totally is based on codes prescribed by the Bureau of Indian standards. This book provides construction of buildings like government, commercial, residential bridges, highways or dams. The book is a well- structured and easy to understand piece of writing presenting both fundamentals and in-depth analysis of foundation engineering. The initial chapters feature topics like properties of soil, contact pressures, stress distribution in soils, settlement of foundations, shallow and deep foundations, load carrying capacity of piles, raft foundations, concrete piles, piled raft foundations, and lateral earth pressure on rigid walls. The remaining chapters cover floating and well foundations, foundation on shrinking soils, flexible retaining structures, machine foundations, stability of slopes, ground improvement techniques, and soil exploration. A chapter featuring site and soil investigation reports is included in this book. The book will be useful for the undergraduate as well as the postgraduate students of civil engineering. The text will also be helpful to the practicing engineers.

7."Textbook of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering" by Murthy VNS
8."Soil Mechanics And Foundation Engineering" by K R Arora
9."Foundation Design: Principles and Practices" by Coduto
10."Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations: Basic Geotechnics" by McCarthy
“Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations: Basic Geotechnics” Book Review: The book offers a detailed description of all the basic concepts, background, and engineering properties of soil mechanics. It gives information about pile foundations design, construction and soil permeability. A chapter based on earthquakes is added to the book. The content of this book is illustrated using examples, problems, exercises, and detailed explanations. The book highlights the applications of soil mechanics in various fields. It will be an asset for the students of engineering, architecture and construction, practicing engineers, architects, geologists, and environmental specialists.

11."Analytical and Computer Methods in Foundation Engineering" by J E Bowles
Book Review: This is a very good textbook for senior courses in foundation analysis and design. The book includes IBM disk that contains various programs stacked together thereby carrying out the analysis of pile group and illustrating procedures for analysis of lateral piles. The book also carries out analysis of bearing capacity along with horizontal and vertical loads. The book also uses uniform linear pressure concept for assuring the bearing capacity. The book also stresses on the geotextiles for retaining walls and soil nailing.

2. Difficult Ground, Deep and Shallow Foundations Design

1."Foundation Engineering in Difficult Ground" by Fred Bell and F G Bell
2."Artificial Arithmetick in Decimals Shewing the Originall, Ground and Foundation Thereof, with the Quintessence of the Golden Rule, the True Valuation" by Robert Jager
“Artificial Arithmetick in Decimals Shewing the Original, Ground and Foundation Thereof, with the Quintessence of the Golden Rule, the True Valuation” Book Review: This book explains artificial arithmetical and it’s applications. This book promotes, protects and preserves the world’s literature.

3."Design and Performance of Deep Foundations: Piles and Piers in Soil and Soft Rock" by Priscilla P Nelson and Trevor D Smith
“Design and Performance of Deep Foundations: Piles and Piers in Soil and Soft Rock” Book Review: This book is a part of civil engineering which covers developments on numerical analysis and well defined field tests. It also contains laboratory testing programs. The book mentions recent studies on the advances in deep foundations, driven piles, drilled piers in soil and soft rock, onshore and offshore. The book highlights field behaviour of pile groups and construction of drilled shaft foundations. Installation of driven piles is also shown in the book.

4."Deep Foundation Improvements: Design, Construction and Testing" by Bachus and Esrig
“Deep Foundation Improvements: Design, Construction and Testing” Book Review: This book introduces improvements through foundation of composite ground. It also covers compaction and densification.

5."Load Testing Deep Foundations: The Planning, Design and Conduct of Pile Load Tests" by Carroll L Crowther
“Load Testing Deep Foundations: The Planning, Design and Conduct of Pile Load Tests” Book Review: This book introduces planning and deep testing. Practical information is also included in the book. This book covers all foundation types like driven or augered piles, caissons, or drilled piers. ASTM standards on load testing piles and the load tests excerpts from major American building codes is also included in this book. The book also provides extensive annotations.

6."Analysis and Design of Shallow and Deep Foundations" by Lymon C Reese and William M Isenhower
“Analysis and Design of Shallow and Deep Foundations” Book Review: This book covers engineering principles and foundation analysis. This book presents designs of both shallow and deep, load bearing foundations for a variety of building and structural types. Focus is given on computer aided analysis and soil structure interaction. The book also includes foundations as deformable bodies. This book mentions soil investigations and loading analysis. Major types of foundations and construction methods are also covered. It features computer assisted analytical methods with site visits and engineering geology. Methods of computing, field tasting methods, sample case studies and projects are provided in this book. There is a CD-ROM present in the book which features demonstration versions of analytical geotechnical software.

7."Design of Shallow Foundations" by Samuel E French
“Design of Shallow Foundations” Book Review: This book explains the process of how to design shallow foundations with low-rise structures of building codes. The book discusses in detail about the presentation of soils and structure. This book focuses on soil structure interaction and designs to support soil conditions. This book is suitable for architecture, construction, engineering technology and civil engineering. It also acts as a guide to students and practitioners.

8."Introduction to Soil Mechanics and Shallow Foundations Design" by Samuel E French
9."Settlement of Shallow Foundations on Cohesionless Soils: Design and Performance" by W O Martin
10."Advanced Foundation Design" by Gaur R
“Advanced Foundation Design” Book Review: This book is meant for students of civil engineering at mahamaya technical university. It covers concepts like vertical pressure under surface tools and the bearing capacity of soils. It also discusses the pile foundations, well foundations and machine foundations. It deals with a foundation on expansive soils and the stability of slopes.

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