Slope engineering for mountain roads, edited by G. J. Hearn. Geological Society Engineering Geology Special Publication, 24, London, 2011. No. of pages: xiii + 301. Price: UK£90.00. ISBN 978-1-86239-331-8 (hardback).
Article first published online: 29 APR 2014
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Blissett, D. J. (2014), Slope engineering for mountain roads, edited by G. J. Hearn. Geological Society Engineering Geology Special Publication, 24, London, 2011. No. of pages: xiii + 301. Price: UK£90.00. ISBN 978-1-86239-331-8 (hardback). Geol. J.. doi: 10.1002/gj.2565
- Article first published online: 29 APR 2014
Slope Engineering for Mountain Roads, while not recommended as a textbook for a lecture course, is ideal as a guide to scholars and practitioners (road engineers) in the study of landslide mechanisms (Part A), site investigations (Part B), and maintenance design and construction (Part C). Geographically, this book is slanted towards tropical mountainous regions with steep-sided slopes. Scientifically, Slope Engineering for Mountain Roads is geologically-biased with the understanding that knowledge of engineering is obligatory.
With the guide ‘How to use the book’, you no longer need to read chapters that are not immediately relevant to your immediate interests. The examples are numerous and specific, illustrated with high quality photographs and line drawings. Accompanying each section are flow charts that recommend the order of activities to be undertaken in road design, construction, and preventative and remedial maintenance. Part A outlines the types of geohazard and preliminary investigation methods, the variety of construction contracts and landslide mechanics. The need for risk management is emphasized, and an example of costs incurred in a real time situation is discussed. Part B outlines various types of site investigation technique. Emphasis is made on the need for ground-truth data to validate desk studies; a section introduces how to map and recognize landslides. Part C deals extensively with route alignment selection, slope stabilization and erosion control. Finally, Part D explains the need for proper preventative, emergency and remedial slope maintenance.
This Engineering Geology Special Publication is a welcome and timely collection of papers for engineers in the intended regions that often have to operate on meagre budgets. It also lends credence to the need for local geological knowledge at all stages of road works construction and maintenance.