Engineering Book from C.H.I.P.S.

An Environmental Approach to Hillside Development, Mine Reclamation and Watershed Restoration
by Horst J. Schor

Landforming presents the first comprehensive and practical guidebook to the innovative techniques of landform grading and revegetation.

Landforming features:

  • The aesthetic and ecological benefits of landform grading and revegetation
  • Analyses that demonstrate the stability of landform designed slopes
  • Real-world design/construction procedures
  • Construction in both upland slope areas and in stream corridors
  • Analytical procedures and design aids to assist implementation
  • Well documented and comprehensive case studies of actual projects


1. Introduction to Landform Grading and Revegetation

  • Form and Function in Nature
  • Human Impact on Landforms
  • Historical Development
  • Objectives and Challenges

2. Surficial Erosion and Mass Wasting of Slopes

  • Nature of Surficial Erosion
  • Principal Determinants of Erosion
  • Types of Water Erosion
  • Soil Loss Predictions
  • Erosion Control Principles
  • Nature of Mass Wasting
  • Slope Stability Predictions
  • Control of Mass Wasting
  • Slope-Stability and Channel-Erosion Thresholds

3. Influence of Vegetation on Hillside Stability

  • Influence on Surficial Erosion
  • Influence on Mass Stability
  • Root Morphology and Strength
  • Root and Fiber Soil Reinforcement
  • Guidelines for Maximizing Benefits of Vegetation

4. Influence of Topography on Slope Stability and Hydrology

  • Modeling Approaches and Assumptions
  • Conceptual Modeling
  • Physical-Mathematical Models
  • Laboratory and Field Tests
  • Role of Drainage Networks and Drainage Densities

5. Geomorphic Evolution of Slopes

  • Role of Geologic Processes
  • Geomorphology
  • Slope Attributes and Characteristics
  • Approaches to Slope Evolution Prediction
  • Anthropogenic Slopes and Landforms
  • Slope Evolution and Long-Term Stability
  • Digital Terrain Models

6. Hillside Grading Fundamentals

  • Purpose of Grading
  • Grading Considerations
  • Elements of Hillside Grading
  • Cuts and Fills
  • Erosion Control During Grading
  • Economics of Grading

7. Principles of Landform Grading

  • The Traditional Method
  • The Improved Method
  • The Environmentally Responsive New Technique
  • Repair and Rejuvnation Techniques for Either Man-Made or Damaged Natural Landscapes
  • Surface Mining Reclamation

8. Essential Design Elements for Slope Forms and Landforms

  • Natural Landscape Elements
  • Basic Slope Forms
  • The Rock Elements as Part of the Natural Landscape

9. Implementation of the Landform Grading Plan

  • Obstacles to Implementaion
  • Implementation Strategies
  • Planning and Surveying Requirements
  • The Grading Phase
  • Fill Construction and Compaction Control
  • Construction of Valley
  • Slope-Drainage Devices
  • Revegetation
  • The Application of Water on the Slope Face Through Irrigation
  • Placement of Rocks and Boulders
  • Cost Considerations and Analyses

10. Public and Regulatory Response to Landform Grading

  • The Development Process
  • Standards and Codes
  • Project-Approval Benefits of Landform Grading
  • Agencies that have Adopted or Implemented Landform Grading
  • Future Applications of Landform Grading

11. Landforming Projects-Watershed Restoration and Mining Reclamation

  • School Girl's Glen
  • Asaayi Lake Northwest Drainage- Landform Restoration
  • Oil Sands Mining Reclamation, Syncrude Canada
  • Performance Evaluation

12. Landforming Projects- Hillside Developments and Mass-Grading Applications

  • Hollywood Hills Project
  • Anaheim Hills, California
  • Talega, California
  • Highlights and Features of Project


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An Environmental Approach to Hillside Development, Mine Reclamation and Watershed Restoration
by Horst J. Schor

2007 • 354 pages • $129.00 + shipping
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