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Foundation Analysis and Design [Hardcover]

Joseph Bowles
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Sept. 1 1995 0079122477 978-0079122476 5
The revision of this best-selling text for a junior/senior course in Foundation Analysis and Design now includes an IBM computer disk containing 16 compiled programs together with the data sets used to produce the output sheets, as well as new material on sloping ground, pile and pile group analysis, and procedures for an improved anlysis of lateral piles. Bearing capacity analysis has been substantially revised for footings with horizontal as well as vertical loads. Footing design for overturning now incorporates the use of the same uniform linear pressure concept used in ascertaining the bearing capacity. Increased emphasis is placed on geotextiles for retaining walls and soil nailing.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Too Focused on the Analysis Software April 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I was very impressed with an earlier edition of Bowles' book as he had some very well-explained design examples (the best I had seen on design of sheet-pile walls). When I purchased this edition, I was dismayed to find that the text is very much centered around the software included with the book. In some cases the author provides sample computer output rather than illustrative design examples. This text left me regretting making the purchase, and hoping to find a used copy of one of the earlier editions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fundamental reference July 8 2003
By D. Tate
Format:Hardcover
If you have only a few geotechnical engineering books, this should be one of them. As a practicing geotechnical engineer I use this book 2 to 3 times per week. It includes the theory and essential reference material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bible on Foundation Design. Nov. 13 2002
By Marco
Format:Hardcover
I have used this book since its 2nd edition and have always been impressed by this book. It is now fully metric thank God and expanded to cover just about all possible foundation and retaining wall problems. A must for all practicing engineers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic on Foundation Design Nov. 13 2002
By Marco
Format:Hardcover
I have used this text book since its 2nd edition and was always impressed by this book. Relevant for both students and the practicing engineer, it is an authority on foundation and retaining wall design. In my opinion all structural engineers should have a copy of this book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowles gets Metric Sept. 2 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am quite pleased with J. Bowles' previous edition (4th), but unless you are familiar with or solely use the metric system of units, I would recommend the 4th Edition (1988). It contains the same basic information, and includes both US and metric (in parenthesis) units.

Gary Marcus.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bible for foundation engineer April 3 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has been a Design manual for many years for a practising engineer like me, who has found extensive usage of this book for all types of foundation problems. The fifth edition of the book has many additional features like many user friendly programs included in the floppy and many worked out examples which explain the step by step procedure for using the programs. In the chapter on Sheet pile wall design , the presentation of conventional 'free' and 'fixed earth'methods have been dispensed with and the author recommends the usage of FEM methods instead,due to the easy availability many of the author's FEM programs.But a comparison of the results of any sheet pile problem solved by the conventional and the FEM methods along with the author's explanation would have helped the users to understand the basic difference in approach by the two methods.Since FEM approach of the author does not consider the active earth pressure below the dredgeline( the reasons for this assumption is not clearly explained ),the method gives very much lower embedment depth as compared to the conventional approach wherein stability is checked with active earth pressure upto the bottom of the sheet pile.Hence the FEM approach needs to be used with caution. On the whole the book is a real treasure
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Focused on the Analysis Software April 28 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was very impressed with an earlier edition of Bowles' book as he had some very well-explained design examples (the best I had seen on design of sheet-pile walls). When I purchased this edition, I was dismayed to find that the text is very much centered around the software included with the book. In some cases the author provides sample computer output rather than illustrative design examples. This text left me regretting making the purchase, and hoping to find a used copy of one of the earlier editions.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars so-so Jan. 15 2007
By Blake - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I regret this purchase. If you want to know how to do these calculations...do not buy this book. If you would like to blindly use a diskette to solve problems...well by all means purchase now.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bible on Foundation Design. Nov. 12 2002
By Marco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have used this book since its 2nd edition and have always been impressed by this book. It is now fully metric thank God and expanded to cover just about all possible foundation and retaining wall problems. A must for all practicing engineers.
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