About the book
Foundation engineering has matured over the past decades. This process has taken this engineering discipline from its civil engineering roots through the integration of earth sciences, geotechnical engineering, structural mechanics, numerical and probabilistic mathematics, artificial intelligence into what we today know as foundation engineering.
Foundation engineering is a branch of geotechnical engineering which applies soil mechanics, structural engineering, and project serviceability requirements for the design and construction of foundations for onshore, offshore, and in-land structures. Foundation engineering is not a routine procedure, but an art of civil engineering because well-designed and constructed foundations continue to perform efficiently through the lifetime of a project. The major task and goal of a foundation engineer are to create a technically sound, construction-feasible, and economical design of the foundation system to support the superstructure.
Building systems evolved significantly during past decades increasing sizes, while people still living in disaster-prone areas of the world. This also forces geotechnical engineers more to find innovative solutions to the emerging needs of the construction industry. This book aims to present well practices of recent foundation engineering approaches of both researchers and practicing engineers.