The purposes of the Second Edition remain essentially the same as those which prompted the First Edition.Constantly-changing concepts of soil mechanics-as evidenced by new research techniques and ideas, innovations in construction methods and equipment, and computer-generated solutions to previously insurmountable soils-analyses problems-make mandatory this Second Edition. To improve its readability and provide for the new material, the Manual has increased in size as those familiar with the First Edition will recognize. The Manual is primarily geared to the Reclamation organization, engineers and technicians of other governmental agencies. Foreign governments, and private firms can, with modifications, utilize the information as a guide to their individual investigations, control of earth construction. And laboratory testing since emphasis is upon practical applications rather than upon complex theory, Users of the Manual should recognize that certain recommendations and values are the result of experience and cannot always be mathematically proved nor should one attempt to. The Manual has been written as a guide and aid for the construction of a safe and stable structure with utmost concern for the safety of lives.
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