Best Civil Engineering Books

List of the Best Civil Engineering Books and Construction Books for professionals and students. Carefully compiled list of only the best books covering the major areas of civil engineering and construction. Click on the book name to buy the book from Amazon website.

SOIL MECHANICS BOOKS

Soil Mechanics includes the study of the behavior of soil, rock and underground water that are encountered in civil engineering practice. It includes the study of classification and properties of different types of soils and rocks. It is a discipline of Civil Engineering involving the study of soil, its behavior, and application as an engineering material. It applies of laws of mechanics and hydraulics to engineering problems dealing with sediments and other unconsolidated accumulations of solid particles, which are produced by the mechanical and chemical disintegration of rocks, regardless of whether or not they contain an admixture of organic constituents.

Terzaghi, K., Peck, R. B. & Mesri, G., Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice, Wiley, 1996.
McCarthy D.F. “Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations”. Prentice-Hall, 2002
Craig. R.F., “Soil Mechanics”. E & FN Spon, London, and New York, 2007
Soil Mechanics (Series in Soil Engineering) 1st Edition by T. William. Whitman, Robert V., Lambe
Experimental Soil Mechanics 1st Edition by Jean-Pierre Bardet

 

FLUID MECHANICS AND HYDRAULICS BOOKS

Granger, R.A., Fluid Mechanics.
Fox W.R. and McDonald A.T ., Introduction to Fluid Mechanics John-Wiley and Sons,
Streeter, V.L., and Wylie, E.B., “Fluid Mechanics”, McGraw Hill, 2000.
 J.F. Douglas, J.M. Gasiorek, and J.A. Swaffield, Fluid Mechanics.
Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications 3rd Edition by Yunus Cengel, John Cimbala

SOLID MECHANICS BOOKS

It is the branch of mechanics that deals with deformable bodies and forces acting on it. It forms the basis of the study of structural analysis and design.

R.C.Hibbeler-Mechanics of Materials
F .P. Beer, E.R. Johnston, and J. T. DeWolf, Mechanics of Materials
Timoshenko – Strength of materials
J.M. Gere, Mechanics of Materials,
 I.H. Shames, Introduction to the Solid Mechanics
S.H. Crandall, N.C. Dhal and T .J. Lardner, Mechanics of Solids: An Introduction

 

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING BOOKS

Geotechnical engineering is concerned with the design of foundations, retaining structures, and behavior of earth materials such as soil or rock. It uses the principle of soil mechanics, to investigate subsurface conditions and materials and relevant physical and chemical properties of the materials.

Principles of Geotechnical Engineering by Braja M. Das
An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering by Robert D. Holtz, William D. Kovacs, Thomas C. Sheahan
Soils and Foundations by Cheng Liu, Jack Evett Ph.D.
The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations, Second Edition 2nd Edition by John Atkinson
Principles and Practice of Ground Improvement 1st Edition by Jie Han
Soil Strength and Slope Stability 2nd Edition by J. Michael Duncan, Stephen G. Wright, Thomas L. Brandon

 

STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS BOOKS

It deals with analyzing the forces of structures when applied with physical and environmental loads. Structures are analyzed to determine their response to the various loads acting on it by using many classical, numerical and theoretical approaches.

Structural Analysis by Russell C. Hibbeler
Wang, C.K., Intermediate Structural Analysis
Fundamentals of Structural Analysis by Kenneth Leet, Chia-Ming Uang, Anne Gilbert
Devdas Menon, Structural Analysis
Theory of Matrix Structural Analysis (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering) Paperback – by J. S. Przemieniecki
Finite Element Structural Analysis (Prentice-Hall International Series in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics)  by Henry T. Y. Yang

STRUCTURAL CONCRETE DESIGN BOOKS

Reinforced Concrete Design by Chu-Kia Wang, Charles G. Salmon, José A. Pincheira
Concrete Structures  by Mehdi Setareh, Robert M. Darvas
Reinforced Concrete: Mechanics and Design. James G. MacGregor
Reinforced Concrete Structures: Analysis and Design, by David Fanella
Reinforced Concrete Design by George F. Limbrunner
Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings by Jack Moehle
Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings by Thomas Paulay, M. J. N. Priestley

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGY BOOKS

Bell . F .G.. “Fundamentals of Engineering Geology
Geological Engineering 1st Edition by Luis Gonzalez de Vallejo, Mercedes Ferrer, Michael de Freitas (Foreword)
Goodman, R. E. “Introduction to Rock Mechanics”
Bieniawski,  Z.  T.  “Engineering Rock Mass Classifications: A Complete Manual  for  Engineers  and Geologists  in Mining, Civil,  and Petroleum  Engineering”,

 

STRUCTURAL STEEL DESIGN BOOKS

Design of Steel Structures 3rd Edition by Edwin H. Gaylord, Charles N. Gaylord, James E. Stallmeyer
“Steel Structures Design and Behavior” Charles G. Salmon and John E. Johnson,
Steel Design 5th Edition by William T. Segui
Steel Structures Design: ASD/LRFD 1st Edition by Alan Williams
Design of Welded Structures  by Omer W. Blodgett
Design of Steel Structures: Theory and Practice  by N. Subramanian

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING BOOKS

Peavy, Rowe and Tchobanoglous, (2003), Environmental Engineering, McGraw‐hill
Metcalf Eddy,  “Wastewater  Engineering” – Treatment  and  Reuse, McGraw Hill
Droste R.L. Theory and Practice of water wastewater treatment, John Wiley & sons
Water Supply and Pollution Control by Warren Viessman Jr., Mark J. Hammer
Principles of Environmental Engineering & Science 3rd Edition by Mackenzie Davis, Susan Masten
Introduction to Environmental Engineering 1st Edition by C. David Cooper

 

STRUCTURAL MASONRY & WOOD DESIGN BOOKS

Design of Wood Structures-ASD/LRFD 6th Edition by Donald Breyer, Kenneth Fridley, Jr., David Pollock, Kelly Cobeen
2012 Wood Design Package – including the National Design Specification® for Wood Construction (NDS®) & NDS Supplement: Design Values for Wood Construction (4 volumes set) Paperback – 2012 by American Wood Council
Reinforced Masonry Design (3rd Edition) by Robert R. Schneider, Walter L. Dickey
Masonry Structural Design 1st Edition by Richard E. Klingner
Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings 1st Edition by Thomas Paulay, M. J. N. Priestley
Masonry Structures: Behavior and Design Hardcover by Robert G. Drysdale, Ahmid A. Hamid, Lawrie R. Baker

 

SURVEYING /GEODESY BOOKS

James M. Anderson and Edward M. Mikhail, ” Surveying, Theory, and Practice”
Engineering Surveying, Sixth Edition by W Schofield, Mark Breach 
Geodesy , W . Torge
R.E. Davis, F .S. Foote and J. W . Kelly, Surveying: Theory and Practice 
Bannister and S. Raymond, Surveying 

 

CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY BOOKS

Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures by M. L. Wilson, S. H. Kosmatka 
A.M. Neville, Properties of Concrete, Pitman
Concrete: Microstructure, Properties, and Materials 4th Edition by P. Kumar Mehta, Paulo J. M. Monteiro 

 

WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING / HYDROLOGY BOOKS

Linsley, R.K., Franzini, Water Resources Engineering 
Chow, V.T Applied Hydrology  
Hydrology for Engineers (McGraw-Hill Series in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering) by Ray K. Linsley  , Joseph L. Paulhus, Max A. Kohler 

 

PRESTRESSED CONCRETE DESIGN BOOKS

Prestressed Concrete Structures/Book and Disk (Prentice-Hall International Series in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics)  by Michael P. Collins
Design of Prestressed Concrete 2nd Edition by Arthur H. Nilson
Prestressed Concrete Bridges Softcover reprint of the original  by Christian Menn 
PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete

HYDRAULIC STRUCTURES BOOKS

Hydraulic Structures, Fourth Edition 4th Edition by P. Novak, A.I.B. Moffat, C. Nalluri, R. Narayanan 
Hydraulic Structures 2015th Edition by Sheng-Hong Chen 

 

ESTIMATION AND QUANTITY SURVEYING BOOKS

Estimating Construction Costs 6th Edition by Robert Peurifoy, Garold Oberlender 
National Construction Estimator 2015 63rd Edition by Richard Pray 
RSMeans Building Construction Cost Data 2018 by RSMeans Engineering Staff

 

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING / MATERIALS BOOKS

Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction 9e + WileyPLUS Registration Card 9th Edition by William D. Callister, David G. Rethwisch
Olin’s Construction: Principles, Materials, and Methods 9th Edition by H. Leslie Simmons 
Building Construction Illustrated 5th Edition by Francis D. K. Ching 
Building Construction: Principles, Materials, & Systems by Medan L Mehta Ph.D., Walter L Scarborough, Diane L Armpriest 
Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods by Edward Allen, Joseph Iano
Construction Equipment Management by John Schaufelberger
Construction Technology. by R. Chudley 

 

 

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT BOOKS

Oberlender, Garold D., Project management for engineering and construction 
Riggs, James L., David D. Bedworth, and Sabah U. Randhawa., Engineering economics 
Project Management With Cpm, Pert and Precedence Diagramming 3 Sub Edition by Joseph J. Moder  (Author), Cecil R. Phillips (Author), Edward W. Davis (Author)
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK(R) Guide 6th Edition 

 

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULING BOOKS

Construction Scheduling: Principles and Practices (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition by Jay S. Newitt 
CPM Scheduling for Construction: Best Practices and Guidelines Paperback – October 1, 2014, by Christopher Carson, Peter Oakander (Author)
Construction Project Scheduling and Control 3rd Edition by Saleh A. Mubarak
Critical Path Method (CPM) Tutor for Construction Planning and Scheduling 1st Edition by William East (Author)

 

FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS METHODS BOOKS

The Finite Element Method: Basic Formulation and Linear Problems by O. C. Zienkiewicz (Author), R. L. Taylor (Author)
Finite Element Procedures 2nd Edition by Klaus-Jurgen Bathe
Daryl L.Logan, A First Course in Finite Element Method
Reddy J.N., An Introduction to Finite Element Method

 

STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS BOOKS

Biggs, J.M., “Introduction to Structural Dynamics” 
A  K.  Chopra,  Dynamics  of  Structures  –  Theory  and  Applications  to  Earthquake  Engineering
Dynamics of Structures, Third Edition 3rd Edition by J. Humar
Structural Dynamics: An Introduction to Computer Methods 1st Edition by Roy R. Craig
Introduction to Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity by Dewey H. Hodges (Author), G. Alvin Pierce