Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky, Brian Marker

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Michael T. HendryEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73568-9_139


Geotechnical engineering is a discipline within civil engineering with a focus on the application of soil and rock mechanics. Geotechnical engineering includes the design structures that include or interface with soil and rock, such as excavations, foundations, earth-retaining structures, and structures composed of soil. In addition, geotechnical engineers contribute to the assessment of natural slopes and design the means of stabilizing these slopes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada