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.

Key Features

  • Conventional soil improvement techniques and state-of-the-art testing methods
  • Methods for mitigating or removing the risk of liquefaction in the event of major vibrations
  • Structural elements for stabilization of new or existing construction industrial waste/by-products, commercially available soil
  • Innovative techniques for drainage, filtration, dewatering, stabilization of waste, and contaminant control and removal


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

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Section I: Introduction to Ground Improvement and Soil Stabilization
    • Chapter 1: What is “Ground Improvement?”
      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 Alternatives to “Poor” Soil Conditions
      • 1.3 Historical Soil and Ground Improvement
    • Chapter 2: Ground Improvement Techniques and Applications
      • 2.1 Categories of Ground Improvement
      • 2.2 Typical/Common Ground Improvement Objectives
      • 2.3 Factors Affecting Choice of Improvement Method
      • 2.4 Common Applications
      • 2.5 Emerging Trends and Promising Technologies
    • Chapter 3: Soil Mechanics Basics, Field Investigations, and Preliminary Ground Modification Design
      • 3.1 Soil Mechanics Fundamentals Overview
      • 3.2 Site Investigations, Data, and Reports
      • 3.3 Preliminary Modification Design Evaluation
      • Relevant ASTM Standards
  • Section II: Soil Densification
    • Chapter 4: Objectives and Improvements from Soil Densification
      • 4.1 Overview of Soil Densification
      • 4.2 Engineering Improvement Objectives
      • Relevant ASTM Standards
    • Chapter 5: Shallow Compaction
      • 5.1 Methods of Shallow Compaction
      • 5.2 Principles of Compaction/Compaction Theory
      • 5.3 Shallow Field Compaction Equipment
      • 5.4 Properties of Compacted Soils
      • 5.5 Field Compaction and Specifications
      • 5.6 Compaction Control/Field Inspection
      • Relevant ASTM Standards
    • Chapter 6: Deep Densification
      • 6.1 Deep Densification Applications and Techniques
      • 6.2 Deep Densification QC, Monitoring, and Specifications
      • Relevant ASTM Standards
  • Section III: Hydraulic Modification
    • Chapter 7: Objectives and Approaches to Hydraulic Modification
      • 7.1 Fundamental Objec


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About the author

Peter Nicholson

Affiliations and Expertise

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