Determination of the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of ground materials is the key to successfully deliver such projects as slope stabilization, excavation and lateral support, foundation etc. A book containing both theory of geomaterial testing and up-to-date testing methods is much in demand for obtaining reliable and accurate test results. This book is intended primarily to serve this need and aims at the clear explanation, in adequate depth, of the fundamental principles, requirements and procedures of soil and rock tests. 

It is intended that the book will serve as a useful source of reference for professionals in the field of geotechnical and geological engineering. It can work as a one-stop knowledge warehouse to build a basic cognition of material tests on which the readers are working. It helps college students bridge the gap between class education and engineering practice, and helps academic researchers guarantee reliable and accurate test results. It is also useful for training new technicians and providing a refresher for veterans. Engineers contemplating the ICE, IOM3 and other certification exams will find this book an essential test preparation aid. It is assumed that the reader has no prior knowledge of the subject but has a good understanding of basic mechanics.

part I|84 pages

Theory of geotechnical testing

chapter 1|38 pages

Characteristics of soils

chapter 2|23 pages

Characteristics of rocks

chapter 3|20 pages

Characteristics of rock mass

part 2|231 pages

Test methods for soils and rocks

chapter 4|28 pages

International standard systems

chapter 5|44 pages

Test preparation

chapter 6|84 pages

Procedures of tests on soils

chapter 7|31 pages

Procedures of tests on rocks

part 3|98 pages

Comparison of test standards

chapter Chapter 9|72 pages

Comparison of test methods for soil

chapter Chapter 10|24 pages

Comparison of rock tests