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Aggregates: sand, gravel and crushed rock aggregates for construction purposes

Product Code: SPE17
Series: GSL Engineering Geology Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by M. R. Smith & L. Collis. 3rd edition edited by P.G. Fookes, J. Lay, I. Sims & G. West
Publication Date: 16 July 2001
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Engineering Geology Special Publication 17.

This title is out of print and no longer available in book format. It is available electronically from the Lyell Collection.

In 1985, the Geological Society published Aggregates as the first volume in its Engineering Geology Special Publication series. It met with immediate acclaim, being awarded the Brewis Trophy by SAGA in 1986 and drawing the following review from the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1988: This book is in general a well-researched, informative and useful guide to the location, sampling and testing of aggregates. If your work involves the use of aggregates, buy this book and read no further; this volume will be an essential and valuable reference that you will use for many years.

In 1989, the working party whose work had resulted in the publication of Aggregates was reconvened to revise, update and extend their report. Each chapter was reviewed by independent referees. The second and greatly improved edition, published in 1993 and reprinted in 1998, represented the distillation of a vast body of knowledge and experience held not only by the members of the working party, but also by many international experts, scientists and engineers who contributed as reviewers, referees and corresponding authors. "...a comprehensive review of all aspects of the aggregate industry..." (Geotechnical Engineer 1995), "...a very well researched and useful guide to the location, sampling and testing of aggregates..." (Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering 1994), "...a well-written and superbly documented text on a very important but previously inadequately covered subject..." (Engineering Geology 1994).

Owing to continued demand for this unique reference book, a group of aggregate specialists drawn from the working party was convened in 1999 in order to review and update Aggregates thoroughly for the third edition.

Working Party Members and/or third edition Reviewers: Mr L. Collis (formerly Sandberg); Professor Prof. P. G. Fookes (Chairman; consulting engineering geologist), Mr R. A. Fox (formerly RMC Aggregates (UK) Ltd), Prof. G. P. Hammersley (formerly Laing Technology Group, now BRE), Mr P. M. Harris (formerly BGS), Dr I. E. Higginbottom (formerly Wimpey Environmental Ltd), Mr J. Lay (RMC Aggregates (UK) Ltd), Dr G. Lees (formerly University of Birmingham), Mr D. I. Roberts (Land and Mineral Resource consultants), Mr A. R. Roeder (formerly British Cement Association), Dr I. Sims (Secretary; formerly Sandberg, now STATS Limited), Dr M. R. Smith (formerly Imperial College, now the Institute of Quarrying), Dr R. G. Thurrell (formerly BGS), Dr G. West (formerly TRL).

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-079-7
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-079-9
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 339
Weight: 1.1 kg


Introduction; Occurrences; Field investigations; Extraction; Processing; Classification; Testing; Aggregates for concrete; Aggregates for mortar; Unbound aggregates; Bituminous bound aggregates; Rail ballast; Filter media; Appendix: Aggregate properties; Glossary; Index.


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