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A comprehensive guide to the most useful geotechnical laboratory measurements Cost effective, high quality testing of geo-materials is possible if you understand the important factors and work with nature wisely. Geotechnical Laboratory Measurements for Engineers guides geotechnical engineers and students in conducting efficient testing without sacrificing the quality of results. Useful as both a lab manual for students and as a reference for the practicing geotechnical engineer, the book covers thirty of the most common soil tests, referencing the ASTM standard procedures while helping readers understand what the test is analyzing and how to interpret the results. Features include: Explanations of both the underlying theory of the tests and the standard testing procedures The most commonly-taught laboratory testing methods, plus additional advanced tests Unique discussions of electronic transducers and computer controlled tests not commonly covered in similar texts A support website at www.wiley.com/college/germaine with blank data sheets you can use in recording the results of your tests as well as Microsoft Excel(R) spreadsheets containing raw data sets supporting the experiments
John T. Germaine, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with over twenty-five years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate-level materials and geotechnical laboratory courses, as well as supervising research at the master's degree and PhD degree levels. John performs experimental research to investigate various aspects of soil behavior for projects sponsored by private and governmental organizations, conducts independent consulting, some of which concerns technology transfer and interpretation of material behavior, and has extensive experience in testing automation and optimization. Dr. Germaine is a Fellow of ASTM International and has served since 1985 in technical and administrative roles within ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, including membership in the management team for the ASTM Reference Soils and Testing Program. Amy V. Germaine, PE, is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Fugro Consultants, Inc., consulting with their expansive geotechnical laboratory in Houston, Texas, on quality, technical, and interpretive matters. She has over ten years of work experience with a focus on the measurement and interpretation of geotechnical properties. Ms. Germaine has been involved with ASTM International Committee D18 for over ten years, during which time she has served as chairman of subcommittee D18.05, Strength and Compressibility of Soils, and as secretary for several other subcommittees.