Geotechnical Engineering: Principles & Practices (2e) : 9780132368681

Geotechnical Engineering: Principles & Practices (2e)

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For junior-level soil mechanics or introductory geotechnical engineering courses.


This introductory geotechnical engineering textbook explores both the principles of soil mechanics and their application to engineering practice. It offers a rigorous, yet accessible and easy-to-read approach, as well as technical depth and an emphasis on understanding the physical basis for soil behavior.


The second edition has been revised to include updated content and many new problems and exercises, as well as to reflect feedback from reviewers and the authors’ own experiences.
Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
  • Chapter 2 Engineering Geology
  • Chapter 3 Site Exploration and Characterization
  • Chapter 4 Soil Composition
  • Chapter 5 Soil Classification
  • Chapter 6 Excavation, Grading, and Compacted Fill
  • Chapter 7 Groundwater–Fundamentals and One-Dimensional Flow
  • Chapter 8 Groundwater–Multidimensional Flow and Applications
  • Chapter 9 Stress
  • Chapter 10 Compressibility and Settlement
  • Chapter 11 Rate of Consolidation
  • Chapter 12 Soil Strength
  • Chapter 13 Stability of Earth Slopes
  • Chapter 14 Foundations
  • Chapter 15 Spread Footing Design
  • Chapter 16 Earth Retaining Structures
  • Chapter 17 Lateral Earth Pressures
  • Appendix A Recommended Resources for Further Study
  • Appendix B Unit Conversion Factors
  • Appendix C Field Identification of Soils
  • Appendix D Finite Difference Solutions to Flow Problems

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New to this edition

This edition benefits from the addition of two new co-authors joining Donald P. Coduto: Man-chu Ronald Yeung and William A. Kitch. The authors are colleagues at Cal Poly Pomona. Each brings unique experiences and skills to the manuscript, and we believe the final product has benefited from this collaboration.

The coverage of “principles” is strengthened to facilitate a better understanding of fundamental geotechnical engineering concepts and to provide a firmer foundation for more advanced studies. These discussions include extensive narratives intended to impart an understanding of the underlying physical processes, not just an ability to do computations. The book also retains a “practices” component, which introduces students to the practical application of these principles to real engineering problems.

Although this book is not intended to be a comprehensive treatise on geotechnical engineering practice, the authors have found that a mix of theory and application facilitates the most effective learning.

Every chapter has some updates, some of which are quite extensive. The most noteworthy improvements include the following:

  • The chapter on soil strength has been updated to provide more in-depth coverage of the underlying physical behavior.
  • The chapter on slope stability has been enhanced.
  • The coverage of structural foundations has been expanded to two chapters.
  • A new appendix, Finite Difference Solutions to Flow Problems, has been added.
  • Stand-alone chapters on geoenvironmental engineering, dams and levees, soil improvement, and geotechnical earthquake engineering have been eliminated.
  • Key points from these chapters have been condensed and moved to other locations.
  • Many of the homework problems have been updated and new homework problems have been added.
Features & benefits
  • Clear and detailed explanations of soil mechanics principles.
  • Applications of soil mechanics principles to practical geotechnical engineering problems engages students and helps them grasp key concepts more easily.
  • A strong presentation of basic principles and the underlying assumptions.
  • Applies principles to practical problems emphasizing the role of geotechnical engineering in real design projects.
  • Makes frequent references to sources of uncertainties in geotechnical analyses to help students understand that geotechnical engineering is not a precise science.
  • Offers a full chapter on engineering geology which is especially useful for those students with no previous exposure to geology.
  • Considers earth slopes, landslides, and related issues.
  • Makes extensive use of photographs.
  • Contains approximately 90 example problems.
  • Features approximately 400 questions and practice problems, including numerical problem-solving, definitions, short essay questions, and comprehensive problems, all at the end of a chapter.

Author biography

Donald P. Coduto is currently a professor of geotechnical engineering and chair of the Civil Engineering Department at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Claremont Graduate University. He is an ASCE Fellow, a licensed Civil Engineer and a licensed Geotechnical Engineer, and has worked on a variety of geotechnical projects for both private and public sector clients.


Dr. Man-chu Ronald Yeung is currently a professor of civil engineering at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1986, an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1991, all from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Cal Poly Pomona in 2005, Dr. Yeung had worked for several consulting firms and taught at several universities including Montana Tech, San Jose State University, and The University of Hong Kong. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, a member of the ASCE Rock Mechanics Committee, and the Treasurer of the Geotechnical Engineering Technical Group of the ASCE Los Angeles Section. He has been a registered Civil Engineer in California since 1994.


Dr. William A. Kitch is currently an associate professor of civil engineering at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1982 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1983, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a retired Lt Col in the US Air Force and had over 23 years of practicing engineering experience in both the private and public sectors. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California and Colorado.