Geotechnical engineering is concerned with all aspects of the sites upon which civil engineering works are to be carried out. Geology is that branch of science concerned with the constituents of the earth's crust, their arrangement and structure, and the natural forces which tend to modify them. Study of the geology of engineering sites would therefore appear to be the logical starting point for all geotechnical site studies. In many cases it is, but in all too many cases in the past geology has been neglected, and others in which geological studies have aided design and construction, sometimes with substantial monetary savings. A brief review of some leading features of geological studies are listed. A sound balance between field and laboratory geotechnical studies is always desirable. This does not appear to be reflected in current geotechnical literature, either in volume or periodical form. /Author/

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    • The Thirteenth Terzaghi Lecture, presented at the ASCE Annual Convention and Exposition, San Francisco, October 20, 1977.
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    American Society of Civil Engineers

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    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Legget, R F
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

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  • Accession Number: 00194184
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE 1444 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1979 12:00AM