Ground Improvement Using Microbial Biogeotechnologies

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9780071826587: Ground Improvement Using Microbial Biogeotechnologies

This book offers comprehensive coverage of the principles and applications of achieving ground improvement using microbial biogeotechnologies—a new interdisciplinary field.

In Ground Improvement Using Microbial Biogeotechnologies, internationally recognized experts in soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and environmental microbiology explain how microbial technology can be used as part of a wide range of geoengineering applications and remediation methods to modify and improve poor and marginal soil and rock conditions. Biogeotechnology is a new interdisciplinary technical area that uses microbial technologies—living organisms—to solve geotechnical problems. It integrates microbiology with several different areas of civil engineering, including geotechnical, environmental, and earthquake engineering.

Topics covered in the book include microbially mediated bioclogging and biocementation of soil, biomitigation of soil liquefaction, and the application of these technologies. Biomediated precipitations of calcium, magnesium, and iron compounds such as carbonates, phosphates, sulphides, and silicate minerals in soil are considered from geotechnical, chemical, and biological points of view.

  • Design principles and considerations for different field implementations are discussed
  • Researchers and engineers will find new ways to develop effective solutions to geotechnical problems in soil improvement
  • Construction engineers and project managers will learn how to save time and money with better remediation technology

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About the Author:

Jian Chu is a professor and the James M. Hoover Chair in Geotechnical Engineering at Iowa State University. He was previously the Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Systems at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, served as chair of a technical committee for the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and was vice president of the Geotechnical Society of Singapore. He has coauthored three books and has published over 250 technical papers in international journals and conferences.

Ivanov Volodymyr is a visiting professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. He is an expert in environmental microbiology and biotechnology, with more than 32 years of teaching in universities in Europe and Asia. Dr. Volodymyr is the author of eight previous books, several patents, and 180 papers and book chapters in environmental microbiology and biotechnology.

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