on 23 April 2009
As a student civil engineer, I have used this for all my second year studies in Geotechnics and found the shear strength of the text enormously useful. It contains worked examples and excellent descriptions. I bought the 1990 version and my friend the most recent. When compared we found the only difference to be the contents page was much more in-depth in the newer version. So far. Additionally the book is well compacted and is infact handbag size (9in*5in).
A great reference for all civil students.
on 12 April 2008
Years ago I went on a short foundation course presented by the Author and was so impressed I bought the book. As a practicing engineer, it has served me very well. There is not much in everyday design that is not covered, little is glossed over and there are many worked examples. The book also covers critical state. Mine is an old version without a cd rom or spreadsheets. Given the other reviewer's positive comments, 3 stars seems like a mean rating for this excellent book.
on 14 April 2009
Every textbook has its particular strength. I have done my study and can tell, lots of the author's effort went into covering the critical state framework and some very basic fundamental concepts which have come to form the corner stone of Soil Mechanics. It is a huge resource for students and a practical guide for practising geotechnical engineers. The accompanying CD adds to its credibility as an invaluable (self-explanatory) material.