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Geotechnical Problem Solving by [Lommler, John C.]
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This practical guide to advanced geotechnical topics helps readers solve problems in real–world situations.

Taking a personal tone and devised with a focus on practical aspects, Geotechnical Problem Solving bridges the gap between geotechnical and soil mechanics material covered in university Civil Engineering courses and the advanced topics required for practicing Civil, Structural and Geotechnical engineers. By giving newly qualified engineers the information needed to apply their extensive theoretical knowledge, and informing more established practitioners of the latest developments, this book helps readers confidently approach problems having thought through the various options available. Where various competing solutions are proposed, the author systematically guides readers through each option, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of each, to ensure they can approach and solve real–world problems in a similar manner.

  • Links theoretical and practical work to provide a reference and guide to geotechnical topics
  • Takes readers through various scenarios helping them to understand how to solve problems efficiently
  • Provides a perspective on complexity in geotechnical practice
  • Gives readers the tools they need to understand the principles and history behind the material so that they can handle real–world problems
  • Covers a broad range of geotechnical topics, including soils, foundations and retaining structures, and provides an introduction to the background and application of geotechnical LRFD
  • Reading recommendations are  given including special articles and  references for further study of advanced material
  • Uses a ‘problem’ and ‘answer’ mentoring approach from the author to the reader to answer many of the reader’s questions

About the Author

Dr John Lommler is a practicing geotechnical engineer with 44 years experience in teaching, consulting and mentoring in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering.  Dr Lommler is principal geotechnical engineer for AMEC in New Mexico and Texas.  He began his career in Ohio in 1967 as a student structural engineer working on power plant projects.  His career changed from structural to geotechnical engineering after studying under and mentoring received from Dr David Timmerman at the University of Akron.

Dr Lommler taught and practiced consulting geotechnical engineering in Ohio until 1991.  When he moved to New Mexico to help his wife’s health, the move introduced him to arid, unsaturated, collapsible soils with Bob Booth and George Beckwith, which reinvigorated his career.  In Albuquerque, he connected with Dr Ralph Peck, who inspired, mentored and encouraged him to continue geotechnical consulting practice past retirement age, mentor younger engineers, and write his book, Geotechnical Problem Solving.               

Dr Lommler has written or co–authored over 1100 geotechnical reports and studies for commercial, municipal, state and federal government clients.  He is author and co–author of several reports on Uranium Mill Tailings disposal cell design available from federal publishing sources, and is co–author of several geotechnical papers published in conference proceedings available from ASCE and the Geo–Institute.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6927 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (26 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073A8SZ4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,998,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By HM on 5 April 2013
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This is not a text book in the sense of Craigs etc, this book is really just a great read. I think Dr John Lommler has a great style of writing that is easy to understand. For me the best part of this book were his examples of real life problems that he has dealt with during his career and provides solutions. He is clearly a very practical engineer.
He hinted at the end of the book that he may write another and I would buy that in a second!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Needed Practical Discussion 4 April 2012
By REP - Published on Amazon.com
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Geotechnical Problem Solving by Dr. John Lommler offers a practical discussion on numerous issues encountered during the career of a design professional. The text is benefiting me by not being mired in theory (which is necessary, but available in numerous other sources), but addressing the practical questions and concerns that I have come across in my career. I greatly appreciate the candid narrative of Dr. Lommler's adept and refined approach to problem solving. As an example, I have been studying his approach to soil retention using solier pile and lagging design. He offers a simpler method than the traditional passive minus active net force diagram that intimidates many young engineers. He also offers many common mistakes that he has observed during his many years as a reviewer and educator. In short, this work is a welcome and unique addition to the geotechnical literature.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Entry Level Geotechnical Engineers 30 Nov. 2012
By DBA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has been extremely helpful because Dr. Lommler speaks to you in simple, practical language. The discussions and analogies that Dr. Lommler uses to develop our understanding of geotechnicial problems have been invaluable to me. I completely agree with the statement in the book description that , "this book enables readers to consider how to confidently approach problems having thought through the various options available." The recommended references are also very valuable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change that really works. 27 Nov. 2013
By Andrew M. Dodds - Published on Amazon.com
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The title is too simplistic for the insightful read that it is. It struck a lot of chords on what geotechnical engineering is all about, both from the technical and practice standpoints, as well as a few on life. Cheers Mr Lommler, great read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars nothing new here 12 Sept. 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To a practicing geotechnical engineer there is going to be very little of use or anything new here. This book seems like the attempt of a sad little man to create a buzz about himself. Dr. Lommler seems to like to say "I did this.." and "I did that..". All while stating obvious geotechnical facts that were first noticed by somebody else.

I love how many times he likes to mention he was friends with Ralph Peck. It is as if we are to assume that Peck must surely have consulted with the eminent LOMMLER (who?)before publishing anything. His writing style comes off as false modesty that is barley concealing an ego the size of Texas.

I doubt any practicing geotechnical engineer will be fooled by the lack of original thought or depth of this work. While reading it I kept imagining Dr. Lommler preaching to vacuous, starry-eyed, geotechnical groupies who didn't know any better in some sort of engineering commune cult.

I challenge you to find something in this book that isn't a rebadged version of someone else's work regurgitated in a such a fashion as to imply he was somehow involved.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2016
By Roger John Colburn - Published on Amazon.com
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very good
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