This carefully targeted and rigorous new textbook introduces engineering students to the fundamental principles of applied Earth science, highlighting how modern soil and rock mechanics, geomorphology, hydrogeology, seismology and environmental geochemistry affect geotechnical and environmental practice. Key geological topics of engineering relevance including soils and sediments, rocks, groundwater, and geologic hazards are presented in an accessible and engaging way. A broad range of international case studies add real-world context, and demonstrate practical applications in field and laboratory settings to guide site characterization. End-of-chapter problems are included for self-study and evaluation, and supplementary online materials include electronic figures, additional examples, solutions, and guidance on useful software. Featuring a detailed glossary introducing key terminology, this text requires no prior geological training and is essential reading for senior undergraduate or graduate students in civil, geological, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. It is also a useful reference and bridge for Earth science graduates embarking on engineering geology courses.
This carefully targeted and rigorous new textbook introduces engineering students to the fundamental principles of applied Earth science, highlighting how modern soil and rock mechanics, geomorphology, hydrogeology, seismology and environmental geochemistry affect geotechnical and environmental practice. Key geological topics of engineering relevance including soils and sediments, rocks, groundwater, and geologic hazards are presented in an accessible and engaging way. A broad range of international case studies add real-world context, and demonstrate practical applications in field and laboratory settings to guide…
'Jackson has provided a comprehensive overview of Earth science with a wide variety of case studies to illustrate the importance of incorporating sound understanding of geologic processes and properties in engineering design. I expect that this text will be a valuable reference not only for the target audience of civil engineers, but also for geologists planning careers in applied environmental geoscience.'
Jean M. Bahr - University of Wisconsin
'This is a robust, thorough, well-written, and engaging treatise which brings geology to geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineers in a straightforward fashion, illustrated with excellent case studies and practical examples. A must-have reference particularly for early practitioners in both geology and engineering, and a useful teaching aid for senior undergraduate and graduate classes in geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology, environmental engineering, and environmental geology.'
Kent S. Novakowski - Queen’s University, Ontario
'Finally a textbook with depth and breadth that bridges the knowledge gap between engineers in the geotechnical and geoenvironmental fields and earth scientists. A refreshing and informative textbook, not filled with equations and lengthy examples that are often irrelevant to solving real problems. The topics and structure of the textbook are well suited for teaching and it is sure to become a must-have reference for geoengineers and geologists.'
Jean Benoît - University of New Hampshire
'An ideal resource for a one-semester course, this textbook introduces students to the varied disciplines that make up earth science as applied to civil engineering. Topics, methodology and terminology typically unfamiliar to engineering students are made easy to digest through the provision of an extensive glossary and ample examples of application in engineering practice. I warmly recommend this book to students and practitioners looking to expand their knowledge and expertise in this interdisciplinary field.'
John Burland - Emeritus Professor of Soil Mechanics, Imperial College London
Richard E. Jackson,Geofirma Engineering Ltd, Ontario
Richard E. Jackson is a Fellow with Geofirma Engineering Ltd. and Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has practiced in the US and Canada for forty years and was responsible for establishing the Groundwater Contamination Program for the Canadian Department of the Environment. He is the recipient of several awards including the 2008 Geoenvironmental Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and the 2013 Robert N. Farvolden Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the International Association of Hydrogeologists. He is an elected Honorary Fellow of Geoscientists Canada.
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Tailored specifically to enable civil and environmental engineering students to master the aspects of geoscience they need for a successful career
Avoids being a simplified course in physical geology by integrating solid, fluid and soil mechanics into the text
Covers relevant topics at an appropriate level, without the need for prior geological training
Contains detailed case studies and over 300 informative illustrations which bring topics to life and underscore the role of Earth science in accurate site characterization and mitigating against natural hazards