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General Information About Geotechnical Engineering Have you ever wondered how a construction company knows that is it safe to build on a specific stretch of land? That's where geotechnical engineering comes into play. A geotechnical engineer is someone who specializes in understanding the behavior of earth materials. This type of engineering is a division of civil engineering, but can be used basically with any construction that is to be done on or in the ground. Soil and rock mechanics and testing are the foundation of geotechnical engineering. A geotechnical engineer also looks into and evaluates natural stresses, stability of slopes, deposits, and chemical properties to determine the wisest way to build on or in the ground. Analysis does come into play in many cases in this process, however as technology advances there are numerical techniques that are replacing analysis more and more. Geotechnical engineers spend lots of time arranging project proposals and requests for testing to be done. This career demands a lot of teamwork because, with most buildings, lots of people will be involved. The types of projects they typically work on include but are not limited to: tunnels, channels, embankments, reservoirs, dams, and building marinas or wharves. A geotechnical engineer will go over the end result, on many of the projects, and decides what earth materials are necessary to make the project successful. Then, they begin the investigation process as stated above, to figure out the properties they might run into on the land for use and a lot of times the land adjacent also. Almost all of the investigation process is to protect the future structure from different natural disasters like landslides, earthquakes, flooding and so forth. Often time the land will be in need of something known as "ground improvement." This is the process when engineering properties will be either added or removed from the soil to boost the land's potency, firmness and permeability. Participating in ground improvement helps to reduce costs and save time in the end. Once the investigation process is completed, a geotechnical engineer will design the foundation based on the data they have obtained in the investigation process. Every structure will require a certain foundation in order for the structure or building to last. Another goal within the designing process is to build foundations that are as safe and economical as possible. The idea of geotechnical engineering has developed over time. Humans have always made use of the soil to help manage flooding, irrigation and the construction of buildings and homes. The beginning of this specific engineering method dates back all the way to before 2000 BCE when individuals first started building dams and canals. Scientists began looking more carefully at the subsurfaces of the earth before building things, once the Leaning Tower of Pisa had problems with its foundation. A gentleman named Karl Terzaghi published more recent geo engineering literature in 1925 and was thought to be the founder of this kind of engineering. He developed the theory of effective stress and discussed how it affects soil. There are many geotechnical engineering books around, if you would like more detailed data on the actual practice of this career. Some of the books talk about various concepts and instances that a geotechnical engineer would use and will offer you more insight on what they work on each day. Purchasing geotechnical engineering handbooks can be a good investment since they're useful and convenient references for methods and equations once you begin working on projects J.ROSS PUBLISHING

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General Information About Geotechnical Engineering as an engineer. If you are hunting for a problem-solving technique to geotechnical engineering or for info on foundations in deepwater, J. Ross Publishing contains materials that you can work with to do well. For even more information on J. Ross Publishing, visit them at their web site,

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General Information About Geotechnical Engineering