Soil Improvement and Ground Modification Methods


  • Peter Nicholson, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii

Written by an author with more than 25 years of field and academic experience, Soil Improvement and Ground Modification Methods explains ground improvement technologies for converting marginal soil into soil that will support all types of structures. Soil improvement is the alteration of any property of a soil to improve its engineering performance. Some sort of soil improvement must happen on every construction site. This combined with rapid urbanization and the industrial growth presents a huge dilemma to providing a solid structure at a competitive price.

The perfect guide for new or practicing engineers, this reference covers projects involving soil stabilization and soil admixtures, including utilization of industrial waste and by-products, commercially available soil admixtures, conventional soil improvement techniques, and state-of-the-art testing methods.

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Construction Engineers, Construction Managers, Structural Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers, and Earthquake Engineers


Book information

  • Published: August 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-408076-8

Table of Contents

Section I – Introduction

Chapter 1. What is "Ground Modification" : Applications and Solutions

Chapter 2. Categories (Types) of Ground Modification

Chapter 3. General Objectives, Current Practice, and Promising Technologies

Section II – Mechanical Modification: Densification

Chapter 4. Objectives and Improvements from Soil Densification

Chapter 5. Shallow Compaction

Chapter 6. Deep Densification

Chapter 7. Gradation Control

Section III – Hydraulic Modification

Chapter 8. Overall Objectives and Approaches

Chapter 9. Role of Geosynthetics: Filtration, Drainage and Seepage Control

Chapter 10. Preconsolidation

Chapter 11. Electrokinetic Dewatering/Stabilization (Electro-osmosis)

Section IV – Physical and Chemical Modification

Chapter 12. Modification with Admixtures