AN UPDATED and expanded edition of Foundations of Engineering Geology by Tony Waltham was published at the end of last year.
Waltham is senior lecturer in engineering geology in the Department of Civil Engineering at Nottingham Trent University. His book, first published in 1994, is aimed at civil engineering students who have no knowledge of geology but need to understand ground conditions and geological processes.
Although not intended as a handbook, it is a useful source for a quick insight into the subject or a reminder for the practising engineer when difficult ground is encountered.
Each discipline of engineering geology is given a double page spread with each subject covered by a series of notes, diagrams, tables and case histories in small accessible sections.
Stand-alone sections and subsections will allow the book to be used as a course text for a basic university course in engineering geology.
The second edition has an extensive reading list and contains a new section, 'Understanding ground conditions'which highlights the benefits of assessing ground conditions and evaluating potential geohazards on larger construction projects. A subsection on brownfield sites has been included in this section.
Dan Simpson Foundations of Engineering Geology by Tony Waltham. Taylor and Francis Books, £45, tel: 020 7822 4300.