This book is designed to be a comprehensive reference book on both soil mechanics and soil testing. It is primarily intended for the active practitioner in the field, although it is certainly a useful reference for the student.
This book is a “compilation,” as it is freely taken from a wide variety of sources of information. Many of these sources are good in and of themselves but both the passage of time and the specific demands of the organization that put them out diminish their usefulness for others who might need the information there. It is our objective to take the best of these publications and other sources of information and to put them into one set of books. A list of these source publications – along with a bibliography on soil mechanics and foundations – can be found in § 11.