Best Reference Books – Soil Engineering

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We have compiled a list of Best Reference Books on Soil Engineering Subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges.

Here is the full list of best reference books on Soil Engineering.

We have put a lot of effort into researching the best books for reference on this subject and came out with a recommended list of best books. The table below contains a review of these books and links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

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1. “Theoretical Soil Mechanics” by Karl Terzaghi
2. “Principles of Soil Mechanics” by R F Scott
3. “Soil Mechanics: Principles and Practice” by Graham

Book Review: This book demonstrates the principles of soil behavior and illustrates the applications to these solutions thereby making it a very useful textbook for civil engineering and other courses. The book also contains a separate chapter on geotechnical eurocodes. The book also contains numerous examples that explain the state design principles and a series of case studies that illustrate important problems and solutions to deal with those problems. The book also makes use of diagrams to demonstrate the concepts of soil mechanics.

4. “Hydrology and Soil Conservation Engineering : Including Watershed Management” by Das Ghanshyam

“Hydrology and Soil Conservation Engineering: Including Watershed Management” Book Review: This book is the comprehensive piece of writing and second edition of the original cover. The book majorly covers topics related to water management, soil and water conservation, precipitation, abstraction losses, stream flow, frequency analysis of hydrologic events, and flood routing. It also highlights issues like soil erosion and states various methods of controlling it in detail. The book also features watershed management techniques. This text will be suitable for both students as well as professionals.

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5. “Soil Engineering” by Alam Singh

“Soil Engineering” Book Review: The book is an updated and revised piece of work featuring the latest theory and recent developments in soil engineering in theory. The fundamental principles and keys concepts related to soil engineering are clearly presented in this text. The initial chapters of this book cover soil mass, classification of soils, soil structure, soil water, permeability, surface loading, compressibility and consolidation, compaction, shear strength, cohesive soil, and stability of slopes. The remaining chapters feature shallow foundations, deep foundations, pavements, soil stabilization, site investigations, earth dams, stress path method, machine foundations, and laterally loaded piles. The book delicately focuses students, researchers, professionals, engineers in the field of soil engineering.

6. “Soil Engineering : In Theory and Practice: Selected Topics” by Alam Singh

“Soil Engineering: In Theory and Practice: Selected Topics” Book Review: The book aims in presenting the latest information on fundamental concepts of soil engineering. The chapters of the book are nicely interpreted and cover various topics. The book begins with the description of topics like use of geotextile in railways, geosynthesis in earth, rockfill dams, bearing capacity improvement, geological considerations, soil deposits and characteristics, and support systems. Moving on, chapters based on civil engineering applications, tunneling, underpinning, vibratory compaction, granular piles, stabilization of soil, soil nailing, dispersive soil, and ground improvement are featured. The reinforced and anchored earth techniques used in soil engineering are mentioned in this text. This book is an excellent resource for students and professionals in solid mechanics.

7. “Soil Engineering in Theory Practice” by Alam Singh

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“Soil Engineering in Theory Practice” Book Review: This book demonstrates the principles of soil behavior in geological testing and instrumentation. This new edition has eight newly added chapters. The chapters of this book are based on topics like rock testing for determining its properties, plasticity characteristics, field identification and classification, specific gravity, infiltration, and soil expandilation. The book illustrates the applications of soil engineering in various fields. The book will be beneficial for the students and professionals of civil engineering.

8. “Soil Engineering” by Thomas Bartzanas

“Soil Engineering” Book Review: The book is an updated and revised piece of work featuring latest theory and recent developments in cutting edge aspects of sustainable soil engineering. The initial chapters in this book cover topics like soil compaction, soil density increases, soil disturbance and soil fragmentation, soil tillage machineries, and optimization of tillage tools. The remaining chapters describe topics like soil traffic and traction, use of robotics in agriculture and controlled traffic farming, mechanical weed control, and characterization of soil variability in detail. This book will be an asset for the students studying about soil.

9. “Soil Engineering: Testing Design and Remediation” by Ravindra Singh

“Soil Engineering: Testing Design and Remediation” Book Review: This book is an excellent resource for students and professionals related to soil engineering. It provides easy-to-grab knowledge to the readers. The book is designed to focus on important topics like the principle of soil testing, design, and remediation techniques. The chapters describe types of soils along with the numerous technologies designed to improve their quality, texture and fertility. The methodologies and techniques featured in this book are necessary for soil conservation. The book focuses on how engineering principles are changing the way of analyzation and utilization of soil.

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10. “Soil Engineering: Testing Design and Remediation” by R N Reddy

“Soil Engineering: Testing Design and Remediation” Book Review: This book is an excellent resource for students and professionals related to soil engineering. It provides easy-to-grab knowledge to the readers. The book is designed to focus on important topics like the principle of soil testing, design, and remediation techniques. The chapters describe types of soils along with the numerous technologies designed to improve their quality, texture and fertility. The methodologies and techniques featured in this book are necessary for soil conservation. The book focuses on how engineering principles are changing the way of analyzation and utilization of soil.

People who are searching for Free downloads of books and free pdf copies of these books – “Theoretical Soil Mechanics” by Karl Terzaghi, “Principles of Soil Mechanics” by R F Scott, “Soil Mechanics: Principles and Practice” by Graham, “Hydrology And Soil Conservation Engineering : Including Watershed Management” by Das Ghanshyam, “Soil Engineering” by Alam Singh, “Soil Engineering : In Theory and Practice: Selected Topics” by Alam Singh, “Soil Engineering in Theory Practice” by Alam Singh, “Soil Engineering” by Thomas Bartzanas, “Soil Engineering: Testing Design And Remediation” by Ravindra Singh, “Soil Engineering: Testing Design And Remediation” by R N Reddy – we would like to mention that we don’t have free downloadable pdf copies of these good books and one should look for free pdf copies from these Authors only if they have explicitly made it free to download and read them.

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