It's not often that a technical-book author in our profession creates a second-edition revision of a basic treatment that is nearly 40 percent longer (from 368 pages) than the (1993) first edition. Over the years of his active technical book publishing (since 1975, 20 titles authored or edited, including this book), Prof. Bell has tenaciously tried to bring forth a systematic approach toward defining and dealing with geologic constraints (Robert Leggett's favorite terms for natural-ground conditions that most affect the successful outcome of engineered construction) in the conduct of our professional practice. By way of introduction, Fred Bell, formerly of...

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