A chapter co-authored by Dr Yalcin Irfan, Cundall Geotechnical Consultant, has been published in a recent textbook entitled ‘Mechanics of Residual Soils’ (second edition, Blight & Leone).
Yalcin co-authored the chapter of the book on ‘Microstructure, Mineralogy and Classification of Residual Soils’. This book is an updated version of the first edition published in 1997 by the Technical Committee of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. Yalcin was a committee member preparing the first edition while he was in Hong Kong working for the Geotechnical Engineering Office, Hong Kong Government. The book’s main features are to:
- Provide a comprehensive treatment of the properties, origins and exploration of residual soils
- Illustrate theory by means of case histories
- Extensively illustrate with real test and experimental results and photographs
Yalcin has previously published over 50 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings, covering a wide variety of topics in Geotechnical Engineering, especially specialising in the engineering properties and behaviour of weathered rocks and residual soils.
He was a partner at Cundall until his retirement in 2012 and had set up Cundall’s geotechnical and geoenvironmental consultancy team. Since his retirement, he retained as a Geotechnical Consultant for Cundall.
Over the past years, he has worked on several cross sectored projects including: Cobalt Business Park, Blaydon Primary Care and Leisure Centre, Graham Sports Centre and Boat House - Durham University, Seaham Harbour Development, St Albans Leisure Centre, University of Salford Development, Cartwright Gardens University of London, Parkway Newbury, Santa Monica Beach Resort, Lee Valley White Water Centre, Arc Leisure Matlock, as well as landslide investigations in the North East, many school developments in England and Scotland, ground source and aquifer based geothermal systems for various developments and a number of data centres in Ireland, North East and Southern England. In addition to working on cross sector projects, Yalcin also acted as an expert witness for a number of geotechnical claims.