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6th Edition, February 2013

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ISBN: 9781118090862
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  • Revision: 6th Edition, February 2013
  • Published Date: February 2013
  • Status: Active, Most Current
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  • Published By: John Wiley and Sons (WILEY)
  • Page Count: 384
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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The shaping of the Earth's surface is one of the primary functions of site planners and landscape architects. This shaping must display not only a sound understanding of aesthetic and design principles but also ecological sensitivity and technical competency. The last point, the technical ability to transform design ideas into physical reality, is the focus of this book. It should also be understood that the authors believe that technical ability should be used in conjunction with and intimately connected to principles of design.

Specifi cally, the book emphasizes principles and techniques of basic site engineering for grading, drainage, earthwork, and road alignment. The authors strongly believe that, in most cases, it is diffi cult to separate the design procedure from the construction and implementation process and that technical competency ultimately will lead to a better fi nished product. In this regard, the authors also feel that collaborative efforts among the landscape architecture, engineering, and ecological professions will result in the most appropriate solutions to design and environmental problems.

Although appropriate as a reference for practitioners, the book has been developed primarily as a teaching text. Based on the authors' experience, the material, numerous examples, and problems have been organized to provide students with a progressive understanding of the subject matter. First, landform and the language of its design are discussed descriptively. This is followed by an investigation into environmental and functional constraints that can guide site engineering decisions. In Chapter 3, the concept of contour lines is introduced and a baseline of common contour signatures is delineated. Chapter 4 expands on these concepts with explanations of interpolation and slope formulas and examples of their applications. Grading of linear elements and planar areas is outlined in Chapter 5, while a procedure for developing grading solutions involving these different parts working in conjunction is the focus of Chapter 6. The integrated relationship between site design and site engineering is also emphasized in these chapters. Soils and earthwork including soil properties, soil classifi cation, grading terminology, construction sequencing, and the computation of earthwork volumes are presented in Chapters 7 and 8. Storm water management, soil erosion, and the design and sizing of management systems are discussed in Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14, with particular emphasis on the Rational, Modifi ed Rational, and TR55 Natural Resources Conservation Service methodologies. Chapter 15 includes methods for site dimensioning and layout. Procedures for designing horizontal and vertical road alignments are presented in Chapters 16 and 17. In an effort to give real-life context to the information being learned, case studies have been introduced throughout the book, typically at the end of the chapters most closely associated with their information. In summary, the authors believe that the book provides a strong foundation in the essential aspects of site engineering and an approach to site development that is environmentally sensitive and intellectually stimulating.