This introductory text/reference is a practical guide for soil mechanics principles, with application to real-world foundation design situations. It is presented in a clear, direct style with just enough mathematics to support the design concepts. There are ample diagrams, charts, and illustrations throughout to support the concepts. New to this edition: The material on drilled shafts (Chapter 21) has been revised significantly to reflect the latest design methods. Several new illustrations have been added to enhance student comprehension.Liu, Cheng is the author of 'Soils and Foundations', published 2003 under ISBN 9780130482198 and ISBN 0130482196.