Geotechnical Engineering of Dams 2nd Edition

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Geotechnical Engineering of Dams 2nd Edition

PDF Free Download | Geotechnical Engineering of Dams 2nd Edition by Robin Fell, Patrick MacGregor, David Stapledon, Graeme Bell, and Mark Foster.

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Robin Fell is an Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales and also works as a peer review consultant.

He has 48 years of experience in geotechnical engineering of dams, landslides, and civil and mining projects in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, North, and Central America, and Asia.

He has worked on over 100 dams worldwide and has been involved in all aspects of planning, site investigation, design and construction of embankment and concrete gravity dams.

Patrick MacGregor is a Consulting Engineering Geologist with more than 50 years of experience in the assessment of geological constraints for major civil engineering projects in a number of countries.

He has been involved in the dam investigation, design, and construction and particularly worked on hydroelectric developments at all stages from inception to operation.

David Stapledon spent many years on the investigation of large dam construction sites in various countries. He was a Professor of Engineering Geology at the University of South Australia (1964–1993) and worked as a Consultant in Engineering Geology, contributing to major dam projects in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.

He has more than 50 years of experience and was awarded the John Jaeger Memorial Medal for Contributions to Geomechanics in 1995.

Graeme Bell has worked in dam engineering since 1962. His role has varied from providing the full technical input, design management and construction advice for new dams to the preparation of complex structural analyses of existing dams.

From 1979, he has acted as an independent reviewer on many dam projects, mainly in Australia, but also in several overseas locations.

Mark Foster has 20 years of experience in dam engineering and geotechnical engineering. This has involved a wide variety of projects including dam safety reviews, design of dam upgrade projects and dam safety risk assessments for embankment and concrete dams.

He has a particular interest in the assessment of piping and internal erosion of embankment dams which was the topic of his doctoral research studies at the University of New South Wales.

Geotechnical Engineering Contents

  • Introduction 
  • Key geological issues
  • Geotechnical questions associated with various geological environments
  • Planning, conducting and reporting of geotechnical investigations
  • Site investigation techniques
  • Shear strength, compressibility, and permeability of embankment materials and soil foundations
  • Clay mineralogy, soil properties, and dispersive soils
  • Internal erosion and piping of embankment dams and in dam foundations
  • Design, specification, and construction of filters
  • Embankment dams, their zoning, and design for control of seepage and internal erosion and piping
  • Analysis of stability and deformations
  • Design of embankment dams to withstand earthquakes
  • Embankment dam details
  • Specification and quality control of earth fill and rockfill
  • Concrete face rockfill dams
  • Concrete gravity dams and their foundations
  • Foundation preparation and cleanup for embankment and concrete dams
  • Foundation grouting
  • Mine and industrial tailings dams
  • Monitoring and surveillance of embankment dams

Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering of Dams eBook

OUTLINE OF THE BOOK

The book sets out to present a state of practice of the geotechnical engineering of embankment dams and their foundations and the geotechnical engineering of the foundations of concrete dams.

It assumes that the reader is trained in Civil Engineering or Engineering Geology, with knowledge of soil and rock mechanics. There is an emphasis on the assessment of existing dams, as well as the investigation, design, and construction of new dams.

We have set out to give the background to design methods, as well as the methods themselves, so the reader can develop a proper understanding of them. The book is largely written about large dams, which ICOLD (1974) define as:

Large Dam: A dam which is more than 15 meters in height (measured from the lowest point in the general foundations to the crest of the dam), or any dam between 10 meters and 15 meters in height which meets one of the following conditions:

  • the crest length is not less than 500 meters
  • the capacity of the reservoir formed by the dam is not less than one million cubic meters
  • the maximum flood discharge dealt with by the dam is not less than 2000 cubic meters per second
  • the dam is of unusual design

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