Geology and Geotechnical Engineering

by Robert F. Legget, (Hon.M.ASCE), Consultant; formerly Dir.—1947-1969—; Div. of Building Research, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 3, Pg. 339-391

Document Type: Journal Paper


Geotechnical engineering is concerned with all aspects of the sites upon which civil engineering works are to be carried out. Geology is that branch of science concerned with the constituents of the earth's crust, their arrangement and structure, and the natural forces which tend to modify them. Study of the geology of engineering sites would therefore appear to be the logical starting point for all geotechnical site studies. In many cases it is, but in all too many cases in the past geology has been neglected, and others in which geological studies have aided design and construction, sometimes with substantial monetary savings. A brief review of some leading features of geological studies are listed. A sound balance between field and laboratory geotechnical studies is always desirable. This does not appear to be reflected in current geotechnical literature, either in volume or periodical form.

Subject Headings: Geology | Field tests | Laboratory tests | Case studies | Construction management

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