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This book, intended for professionals or students taking a course on geoevironmental engineering, addresses landfill design and construction issues in a comprehensive manner. It does this by focusing on all elements of a landfill, from design to completion. The book also looks at actual, state-of-the-art construction procedures in a step-by-step manner, including carefully selected design equations and examples, diagrams, tables, and homework problems.

  • Provides hundreds of useful design equations, specific guidance and protocols for design of a landfill envelope, leachate collection and removal system, and gas collection and control systems.
  • Explains how to evaluate and assess potential problems that affect landfill performance including contaminant transport through landfill liners, landfill stability waste settlement, containment effectiveness, vertical expansions, bioreactor landfills, erosion control, and postclosure uses.
  • Presents students and professionals with extensive coverage on potential problems that affect landfill performance; and provides decisionmaking and problem-solving techniques.

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Xuede Qian is currently a statewide Geotechnical Engineering Specialist with the Waste Management Division, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in hydraulic and geotechnical engineering from Hohai University Nanjing, China, and the Ph.D. degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also an adjunct faculty member with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, with responsibility for teaching a senior/graduate level course on landfill design and construction. He has been actively involved in landfill engineering research and has participated in many landfill design, construction, and remediation projects during the past decade. Dr. Qian has authored numerous technical papers in the geotechnical and geoenvironmental fields. His professional experiences include work for universities, regulatory agencies, and consulting firms.

Robert M. Koerner is currently an H. L. Bowman Professor of Civil Engineering with Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Drexel University and the Ph.D. degree in geotechnical engineering from Duke University. He is an Honorary Member of the ASCE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Koerner is the co-author of the first book on geotextiles and has authored or coauthored more than 300 papers on geosynthetics in major engineering journals and for national and international conference proceedings. His latest effort is the fourth edition of the textbook entitled Designing with Geosynthetics. As Director of the Geosynthetic Research Institute, his activities involve all aspects of waste disposal, but focus particularly on the liner and cover containment systems.

Donald H. Gray is a Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees and the Ph.D. degree in geological and civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. His areas of expertise include slope stability and erosion control, engineering properties of solid waste materials, the transport of leachate through landfill liners (under combined advection/diffusion), and containment strategies for landfilled wastes. He has authored numerous technical papers and lectured extensively at training workshops and short courses dealing with geotechnical aspects of waste disposal in the ground. He has served as the organizer and chairman of two ASCE specialty conferences on geotechnical engineering of land disposal. Dr. Gray is also the principal author of two well-regarded reference books on biotechnical and soil bioengineering slope stabilization.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good combination, yet some errors 29 April 2004
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I study both geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. This book deals much more with the geotechnical aspects as is named. It doesn't contain chemical issues or any microscopic behaviors you may find in some geoenvironmental books such as Yong et al.
I kind of appreciate the authors' hard work to combine a great deal of knowledge concerning the design of landfills. There are 18 chapters, and each of em talks about every possible component of a landfill (CCLs, GCLs, GM, cover, LCS, etc.) and also some important behaviors such as settlement & stability. A chapter about vertical barriers is not available becoz this is the "landfill" book. The book uses mechanical, macroscopic, and "rule of thumb" approaches.
There are some topics missing in this book. I believe. For instance, it assumes that adsorption is not available (retardation factor equal to unity) in the liner system, and this more or less makes your design too conservative. Subsequently, becoz adsorption is neglected, you won't see the topics about batch test and column leaching test in this book. Also, the way to obtain diffusion coefficients of porous media is not presented.
So far I've gone through some chapters and found errors from place to place. Pages 19, 122,158, 162-163, etc. need corrections.
To finish in a positive way, I believe that this book is "a must" for geotechnical engineers working on landfills. If your background is purely environmental, you'd better look for some other books. And if you are a geoenvironmental engineer, the book is one of the good references for your career. But it's not a bible.
Five Stars 28 Dec. 2014
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Precisely what I was expecting
Five Stars 30 July 2014
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arrived quick and as described
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