Edited by Sandra L. Houston and Delwyn G. Fredlund
Geotechnical Special Publications (GSP) GSP 68
/ 344 pp.
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Proceedings of a technical session of the First National Conference of the ASCE Geo-Institute, held in Logan, Utah, July 16-19, 1997. Sponsored by the Subcommittee on Unsaturated Soils ofCommittee on Soil Properties and by the Committee on Shallow Foundations of the Geo-Institute of ASCE; with the ISSMFE TC6 Committee on Unsaturated Soils.
This Geotechnical Special Publication contains 11 papers on unsaturated soils in geotechnical engineering practice. The vast majority of the infrastructure is founded on and in unsaturated soil deposits. Unsaturated soil foundation problems are commonly associated with moisture-sensitive soils, wherein soils exhibit significant volume change and/or strength reduction upon wetting and represent a common geotechnical concern in both arid and humid climates. These papers address recent practice, experience, and advances in unsaturated soils engineering. The magnitude of unsaturated soil concerns is clearly identified through the diversity of topics presented. Rational, unified approaches for dealing with these unsaturated soil problems have recently emerged providing the geotechnical engineer with tools of analysis for these problems.