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Foundation Analysis and Design by Joseph E. Bowles (5th Edition)

This fifth edition continues the format of the previous four editions for providing current
state-of-art (SOA) and state-of-practice (SOP) methods in Foundation Engineering. From
author-user interaction I have concluded that SOP tends to lag SOA on the average of about
10 years.

There is a range, however, where a few larger organizations are at the cutting edge
of technology and many—particularly the smaller firms—are at varying intermediate stages.
This textbook, which is also widely used as a practitioner’s reference, includes SOP
material but with major emphasis on SOA.

The latter is accomplished by including a mix of practice, “how to,” and latest suggested design/analysis methodology. This produces a
text compatible with the general goals of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
and other professional organizations, which have determined that technical graduates have a
postgraduate period of only 5 to 7 years before obsolescence becomes a factor in their practice.


Design methods tend to vary between geographic regions, partly from instructors’ influences
and partly because there are few “design absolutes.” As a consequence it is necessary
to include the generally accepted alternative methods but to temper these with recommendations
and suggestions on their use.

This allows the user access to regional differences and
provides “averaged” design results or the option to select the most appropriate alternative on
a site-specific basis. Although these comments may appear overly practice-oriented, the fact
is that the student must be aware of these real-world conflicts, geographical differences, and
alternatives so as to be productive upon graduation.

The revision of this popular text for a junior/senior course in Foundation Analysis and style currently includes associate IBM pc disk containing sixteen compiled programs along with the information sets accustomed manufacture the output sheets, in addition as new material on sloping ground, pile and pile cluster analysis, associated procedures for an improved anlysis of lateral piles. Bearing capability analysis has been considerably revised for footings with horizontal in addition as vertical masses. Footing style for overturning currently incorporates the employment of identical uniform linear pressure construct utilized in ascertaining the bearing capability. accrued stress is placed on geotextiles for holding walls and soil nailing.

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