on January 1, 2008
Let me get one thing straight, were this book around the $130 range rather than the $220 range, this is a 5-star book. However, at the current price, it's somewhat difficult to say if the reader is getting their money's worth, even if the book is useful.
Putting the price-tag aside, however, this text is absolutely the best recent addition to the field that exists on the market right now. In my mind, there's no comparison. First off, the most prominent feature exhibited is the sheer knowledge of dam building/engineering by multiple authors. The writing is top-notch, and all the basics are covered, from subsurface materials, structural foundations, earthworks, construction, etc. In addition, the cases are well-documented and impressively, and practically, laid-out for the reader. All recent investigations and breakthroughs are mentioned, with an emphasis on embankment dams. This volume brings the info of Dam Engineering field up to speed . . . something the older texts haven't done.
If price is no object, then you shouldn't hesitate to pick this volume up. It's well worth it. However, if $200+ just isn't feasible, then you might need to wait until either the cost drops, or another equally well-written book on Geotechnical Engineering of Dams comes to press that compares. At the present moment, this one is the best.
on June 24, 2014
This is an excellent book which pulls together a large number of references on geotechnical engineering at a level suitable for dam designers. The geology is skewed to the geology of areas in Australia where dams are constructed but this geology is shared with much of the world. The construction aspects are becoming dated for construction engineers wishing to push the boundaries but remain adequate for designers and small to medium construction projects. The cost of the book is high but so is the potential time saving in having so many references brought together. In some instances (e.g. very high dams) it is probably also necessary to consult the source documents. Some users may also wish to consult a standard reference on risk-based approaches and the ANCOLD Guidelines on Risk Assessment 2003 is a recommended campaign document. I have used this book extensively since the first edition was published and this copy is a replacement for one I gave away. This book sits alongside Embankment Dam Engineering, Casagrande Volume, Hirshfield, R.C. and Poulos S.J. John Wiley and Sons, 1972 on my bookshelf.
on April 10, 2011
Prof. Fell and co-authors have provided a quite complete and excellent analysis of geotechnical engineering work for design and evaluation of dams. It contains valuable and clear help, with charts, and tables that give up-to-date solutions for practical investigation and analysis for dams on soil and rock foundations. It is now an important general reference in my office library.