Submitted to: Soil Science
Publication Type: Literature Review
Publication Acceptance Date: December 18, 2003
Publication Date: March 1, 2004
Citation: Busscher, W.J. 2004. In-situ characterization of soils. Soil Science. 169(3):225 (Book Review). Technical Abstract: The authors of the book encourage field observations in conjunction with lab data and/or calculations for soil mechanics and foundation engineering. They argue that in-situ testing of soils is necessary to develop economical and safe foundations; "it is erroneous to consider that utilizing sophisticated calculations in designing a structure can compensate or replace...in-situ testing." The authors hope that the book will encourage collection of more in-situ data which will lead to a larger knowledge base and development of new in-situ methods. Their book is a collection of models, calculations, and in-situ characterization methods for construction on soils from locations throughout the world, along with project case studies. The book covers a variety of topics including soil strength, geotechnical construction, the principles and practices of soil characterization, foundation design, in-situ soil characterization, soil drainage, and a new penetrometer design. The book is aimed at geotechnical engineers working in the soil mechanics of construction as a reference.