Geology – Basics for Engineers presents the physical and chemical characteristics of the Earth, the nature and the properties of rocks and unconsolidated deposits/sediments, the action of water, how the earth is transformed by various phenomena at different scales of time and space. The book shows the engineer how to take geological conditions into account in his projects, and how to exploit a wide range of natural resources in an intelligent way, reduce geological hazards, and manage subsurface pollution.
Through a problem-based-learning approach, this instructional text imparts knowledge and practical experience to engineering students (undergraduate and graduate level), as well as to experts in the fields of civil engineering, environmental engineering, earth sciences, architecture, land and urban planning.
The DVD that supplements the book contains solutions to the problems and animations that show additional facets of the living Earth.
*The original French edition of the book (2007) won the prestigious Roberval Prize, an international contest organized by the University of Technology of Compiegne in collaboration with the General Council of Oise, France. Geology, Basics for Engineers, was selected out of a total of 110 candidates.The jury praised the book as a “very well conceived teaching textbook” and underscored its highly didactic nature, as well as the excellent quality of its illustrations.
1. The Geology-Engineering Partnership
2. The Earth in Space
3. The Earth in Time
4. Physics of the Globe
5. Rock Forming Minerals
6. Magmatism and Magmatic Rocks
7. The Water Cycle
8. The Continental Sedimentary Environment
9. The Oceanic Sedimentary Environment
10. Diagenesis and Properties of Sedimentary Rocks
14. Geology’s Role in the Major Issues Facing Society
About the author
Aurèle Parriaux studied geology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. in hydrogeology and followed several postgraduate courses in hydrogeology, operational hydrology and geotechnics.
In 1991, he was appointed Professor of Engineering Geology at EPFL and presently he is head of the Engineering and Environmental Geology Laboratory (GEOLEP) at the same institute. He leads a research team of about twenty people specializing in the fields of geological hazards and underground resources.
Professor Parriaux has significant teaching responsibilities. He teaches geology to students in 'Civil Engineering' and 'Environmental Sciences and Engineering'. Moreover, he teaches "Engineering Geology" at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva.
Parallel to his research and teaching, Aurèle Parriaux carries out expert appraisals in various fields of engineering and environmental geology. In particular, the recent appraisal of the compatibility between construction of tunnels and protection of groundwater resources.
Since the creation of the new School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, he participates in the teaching related to territory and landscape into which he brings the geological and geomorphologic component.
Aurèle Parriaux is active in several international organizations. He was chairman of the Swiss Hydrogeological Society for six years. From 2001 to 2006 he was Director of the Civil Engineering Section of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne.
In 2006, he published his book "Géologie: bases pour l'ingénieur". The second edition of this successful textbook will be published in 2009. In competition with 105 scientific books, "Géologie : bases pour l'ingénieur" received the Roberval Prize in 2007. The publisher CRC Press/Balkema, member of the Taylor & Francis Group decided to publish an English translation of the book (Geology: basics for Engineers, 2009).
In December 2008, Prof. Parriaux was nominated Chevalier of the Order of Academic Palms by the Prime Minister of the Republic of France.
"... contains numerous excellent illustrations, figures and sketches for the effective conception of the information and contains original photographs that exemplify the potency of observation, a prime tool in geological science. Most of the illustrations are in color. The pedagogic value of the book is underlined by exercises throughout the chapters. An accompanying DVD contains the solutions to problems and also animations that make the description of geology much more dynamic and alive. I highly recommend the book as a resource for the basic background of geological knowledge necessary for the understanding of the behaviour of the ground in engineering practice, infrastructure development and environmental protection."
—Paul G. Marinos, past president of the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), past president of the Geological Society of Greece, and professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Reviews of the French Version
"... it provides a comprehensive overview of methods and techniques of this discipline, exploring the nature of the main soils and rocks and their properties."
"This book will be useful to all those for whom understanding of the environment that they process is fundamental to make their actions consistent with our future."
—Sécurité – Environnement
"This well-written and very didactic work constitutes an excellent synthesis on the role and impact of geology and geological phenomena which affect daily life conditions. It is therefore an excellent reference book and manual for engineers and other specialists dealing with civil engineering, construction and environmental problems, and with issues related to landscape architecture."
—Willy Verheyen, De Pinte, Belgium, WASC (Newsletter of the World Association of Soils and Water Conservation)