• Building construction & materials
      May 2011

      Portland Cement, Third edition

      by Leslie Struble (Author)

      The third edition of this best selling book provides a concise overview of the properties and manufacturing processes of Portland Cement, which students of material sciences and graduates looking to enter the cement or concrete industries will find invaluable. While Portland Cement is one of the most traditional of construction materials, rising costs of the energy required for its manufacture and an increased awareness of the cement industry’s environmental impact have continued to sustain interest in understanding its behaviour and properties. With the increasing use of admixtures and mineral additives in the production of high quality concretes, this fundamental understanding continues to be of utmost importance in the design of concrete structures. Updated to reflect the latest European and British standards, Portland Cement, Third edition, gives an account of cement composition, manufacture, quality assessment, hydration and the resulting microstructure-physical property relationships, and some mechanisms of the chemical degradation of hardened cement paste. This edition concludes with a new chapter that looks at the environmental impact of, and regulations governing cement manufacture. Portland Cement, Third edition • provides a solid understanding of the production and properties of Portland Cement written and edited by leading experts in industry and academia • references latest EN and BSI codes and cement production techniques • provides an introduction to the environmental impact of the cement industry. Primarily intended for students and new entrants to the cement or concrete industries, Portland Cement, Third edition, will also provide the perfect introduction to engineers involved in the design of concrete structures requiring clear, concise information on the material and its production.

    • Civil engineering, surveying & building
      June 2011

      The Civil Engineers

      by Hugh Ferguson , Mike Chimes (Author)

      Many Victorian engineers have become household names, now, in the 21st century, with high speed rail, sky-reaching buildings and clean water on-demand we take civil engineers’ skills for granted. This is the story of the oldest professional engineering institution, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and the people who made it; the men and women that have shaped the world around us with the projects they design, build and maintain and in doing do so have helped to improve the lives of millions of people. Opening the doors on the ICE’s extensive archives, this highly illustrated colour history looks at the development of the profession over nearly 200 years, charting the successes of construction from the great engineering advances of Victorian times to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the growth of the ICE into a global knowledge network with a membership of more than 80,000. With biographies of some of the great engineers who made these changes possible, including ICE past presidents: Thomas Telford, the first president and, for many, the greatest civil engineer of all time; George and Robert Stephenson, father and son pioneers of the British railway revolution; Sir John Fowler, responsible for the world’s first underground railway; Sir Joseph Bazalgette, creator of London’s sewer system; Sir Benjamin Baker, creator of the Forth Railway Bridge and the Aswan Dam; and Basil Mott, designer and engineer of the Mersey Road Tunnel. Explore the colourful history of the development of civil engineering and its professional institution in this informative and interesting account from authors with extensive knowledge of the ICE. The Civil Engineers is a fascinating read for all those interested in the civil engineering industry and its impact on the world, as well as an overview of the ICE and its key players for civil engineers working towards ICE membership.

    • Building construction & materials
      November 2011

      Handbook of Tunnel Fire Safety, Second edition

      by Alan Beard (Author)

      Handbook of Tunnel Fire Safety, Second edition, is the first book to span the spectrum of state-of-the-art knowledge in tunnel fire safety science and engineering. The construction of longer and increasingly complex tunnels and rapid changes in processes, materials and technology mean it is more important than ever to stay up-to-date. Drawing on the latest research and the extensive experience of the authors, this book is intended to help readers identify limitations in tunnel designs, technologies and models and – ultimately – make decisions to prevent unacceptable risk. Handbook of Tunnel Fire Safety, Second edition, includes • international case studies of real-life tunnel fire incidents highlighting the lessons learned • coverage of the latest tunnel fire safety research, including the UPTUN project • expert international authorship imparting knowledge and experience of tunnel fire safety science, technology, engineering, management and emergency services • extensive references direct readers to sources of in-depth information on specific topics. Handbook of Tunnel Fire Safety, Second edition, comprehensively covers the complex subject of tunnel fire safety – from heat release rates to modelling and human behaviour – and is an essential resource for tunnel designers, contractors, operators and regulators; tunnel fire safety researchers, consultants and equipment manufacturers; and fire brigades and other emergency service providers.

    • Structural engineering
      March 2012

      Temporary Works

      Principles of Design and Construction

      by Murray Grant (Author)

      Temporary Works: Principles of Design and Construction is the first reference book to deliver authoritative and comprehensive guidance on temporary works for practising engineers. The practicalities of temporary works are an essential, cost-and-safety-critical aspect of all construction projects, but receive minimum coverage in training and remain poorly understood by many engineers. Covering all sub-specialties of this wide-ranging topic in a single resource, this book is invaluable for permanent works designers, engineers, technicians and contractors looking to minimise costs, maximise efficiency and ensure the safety of those working on-site. Temporary Works is • the only reference book to provide complete coverage of temporary works sub-specialties in a single volume • written by more than twenty industry experts established in specific fields, from falsework to floating plant • informed by the latest European codes – complete with the explanatory detail needed to use them – and up to date with current safety standards • a source of immediate, practical solutions to common problems and extensive references for readers to build on existing knowledge. Drawing on years of collective experience of temporary works in practice, this book is a key reference for temporary and permanent works designers alike, a useful training aid for new engineers, and a timely and relevant contribution to furthering knowledge in this often-overlooked field.

    • Civil engineering, surveying & building
      February 2012

      Geotechnical Engineering Principles, Problematic Soils and Site Investigation

      (ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering Vol 1)

      by John B. Burland, Tim J.P. Chapman, Hilary Skinner, Michael J. Brown (Author)

      Part of the ICE manuals series, ICE manual of geotechnical engineering is the definitive geotechnical reference, providing best practice knowledge for civil and structural engineers. Written and edited by leaders in their fields, ICE manual of geotechnical engineering delivers the core geotechnical engineering principles, practical techniques, and the major questions engineers should keep in mind when dealing with real-world engineering challenges. Volume I covers fundamental geotechnical principles and concepts, problematic soils and their issues and site investigation. This knowledge is extended to inform design, construction processes and verification in Volume II. ICE manual of geotechnical engineering is an essential guide and invaluable reference for practising civil and structural engineers, architects, designers, consultants and contractors, working on projects of all sizes. This manual is also available online at www.icemanuals.com

    • Civil engineering, surveying & building
      February 2012

      Geotechnical Design, Construction and Verification

      (ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering Vol 2)

      by John B. Burland, Tim J.P. Chapman, Hilary Skinner, Michael J. Brown (Author)

      Part of the ICE manuals series, ICE manual of geotechnical engineering is the definitive geotechnical reference, providing best practice knowledge for civil and structural engineers. Written and edited by leaders in their fields, ICE manual of geotechnical engineering delivers the core geotechnical engineering principles, practical techniques, and the major questions engineers should keep in mind when dealing with real-world engineering challenges. Volume I covers fundamental geotechnical principles and concepts, problematic soils and their issues and site investigation. This knowledge is extended to inform design, construction processes and verification in Volume II. ICE manual of geotechnical engineering is an essential guide and invaluable reference for practising civil and structural engineers, architects, designers, consultants and contractors, working on projects of all sizes. This manual is also available online at www.icemanuals.com

    • Surveying
      April 2012

      CESMM4

      Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement

      by Richard McGill (Author)

      The Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement – CESMM – has been well-established for over 35 years as the standard for the preparation of bills of quantities in civil engineering work. This much anticipated fourth edition, CESMM4, is the first major overhaul since the publication of CESMM3 in 1991. It brings the method into line with changes in industry practices and extends its usages into some new areas. The original concepts of standardised approach and item coverage remain as fundamental as they did when they were first introduced in 1976. All of these principles remain unchanged. This fourth edition has been updated to incorporate modern construction techniques and is now contract neutral in order to facilitate use across a variety of contract suites including with NEC, FIDIC and ICC. CESMM4 • incorporates the newest technologies so that it is completely up-to-date with current practices • is contract neutral – so you can use it across a variety of contract suites • retains the established structure of CESMM – so there is no need to change your business practices, or to retrain, and therefore there are no time or cost implications • includes a completely updated Rail section. In addition to being contract neutral, reference to British Standards has been largely eliminated facilitating the use of CESMM4 on construction projects across the world. CESMM4 is an invaluable guide for anyone who needs to prepare bills of quantities in civil engineering work and competitive tenders with claims to sustainability based on real and reliable data.

    • Structural engineering
      December 2013

      Sustainable Infrastructure: Principles into Practice (Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure series)

      by Charles Ainger (Author)

      Sustainable Infrastructure: Principles into Practice is a practical and accessible handbook which addresses the key principles of sustainability for engineers and built environment professionals. It outlines the critical changes needed to deliver more sustainable solutions and offers techniques to embed these changes as best practice in order to deliver high quality, economical and sustainable infrastructure across the globe. With many years of engineering knowledge and practical experience between them, the authors identify key sustainability issues in engineering and a set of common principles which can be applied across all types of infrastructure at each stage of a project, from planning and development through to the implementation, in-use and end-of-life phases. The book provides readers with a set of tools to help define, test and measure sustainability, encouraging them to be champions of change and take full advantage of sustainable opportunities. Sustainable Infrastructure: Principles into Practice provides readers with: • A comprehensive set of fundamental principles and tools to guide engineering decision making for sustainable infrastructure delivery • Real life case studies and practical examples from across the world, including the UK, Europe, Africa and the USA. • An understanding of the concepts and current debates around the need for sustainability • Advice on what questions to ask and when at each stage of project delivery Sustainable Infrastructure: Principles into Practice serves as an introduction to subsequent volumes in the Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure series which apply these principles to sector-specific contexts, including water, transport and buildings.

    • Highway & traffic engineering
      November 2013

      Car Park Designers' Handbook, Second edition

      by JD Hill, Glynn Rhodes, Steve Vollar (Author)

      The Car Park Designers' Handbook provides essential guidance on those aspects of planning and design that will enable car parks to function efficiently and economically whilst being user-friendly. The new edition is a comprehensive reference tool which distils over 35 years of specialist knowledge and experience in car park design, repair and improvement. Featuring more than 75 scale drawings of circulation layouts, the Car Park Designers' Handbook describes, illustrates and evaluates the relative strengths and weaknesses of each layout and explores the practical design of parking elements including stall dimensions, aisle widths, ramp slopes and headroom. The authors offer essential advice on how to enhance traffic flow, facilitate circulation and create car parks which are as flexible as possible to fulfil the needs of a wide range of vehicles and users. The book provides updated information on key issues such as security, ventilation, lighting, drainage, signage, fiscal and barrier control. The new edition also includes: • Guidance on optimum entry and exit locations that affect layout; • Scale drawings that can be used as templates in the layout design process; • Photographic examples of successful car parks designed by the authors; • An expanded section on ‘Structure’, providing examples of the most common forms of construction; • Advantages and disadvantages in the use of automated (robotic) car parks. The Car Park Designers' Handbook intends to help practising engineers, designers, architects, local authorities, parking consultants and operators to create car parks which not only meet the spatial needs of motorists, but achieve economy of construction, durability of structure and effective use of the site area.

    • Civil engineering, surveying & building
      June 2014

      Structural Engineering of Transmission Lines

      by Peter Catchpolewith, Buck Fife (Author)

      Structural Engineering of Transmission Lines provides practicing engineers with a comprehensive guide to the structural behaviour of transmission lines and the successful management of transmission line projects. The authors bring together technical knowledge and industry advice to offer extensive practical guidance on the design, construction and management of transmission lines. Taking an international approach, the book details the considerations, methods and outcomes of projects in different parts of the world where the constraints and opportunities of resources, climate and culture are unique. An invaluable resource Structural Engineering of Transmission Lines: • provides observations, calculations and technical solutions to problems facing structural engineers • discusses variables in terrain and weather conditions when approaching each project • considers the balance of components in each structure to ensure the longevity of the line • outlines issues such as restricted access, jurisdictional constraints and natural hazards which may hinder a project and advises for cost-effective solutions. The Structural Engineering of Transmission Lines combines technical details and practical examples into one essential resource to help structural engineers, contractors, consultants, facility owners, operators and managers understand, navigate and build upon the current methods in the transmission line industry.

    • Civil engineering, surveying & building

      Song of the Hammer and Drill

      The Colorado San Juans, 1860-1914

      by Duane A Smith

      As one of the great mining regions of Colorado and the United States, the San Juan Mountains provide insight into the development of both the industry and the state. First published in 1982, Song of the Hammer and Drill, with the help of more than 100 historical photographs, traces the mining and urban history of the San Juans from 1860 to 1914 through the lives of the people who opened, settled, and developed the beautiful but rugged mineral-rich peaks of southwestern Colorado.

    • Civil engineering, surveying & building

      Practical Stress Analysis With Finite Elements (2nd Edition)

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    • Professional interior design

      The Light Revolution

      by Richard Hobday

    • Civil engineering, surveying & building

      A Chinaman's Chance

      The Chinese On the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier

      by Liping Zhu

      Between 1863 and 1910, a large number of Chinese immigrants resided in the Boise Basin to search for gold. As in many Rocky Mountain mining camps, they comprised a majority of the population. Unlike settlers in many other boom-and-bust western mining towns, the Chinese in the Boise Basin managed to stay there for more than half a century.Thus, the Chinese portrayed all the stereotypical frontier roles - victors, victims, and villains. Their basic material needs were guaranteed, and many individuals were able to climb up the economic ladder. Frontier justice was used to settle disputes; Chinese-Americans frequently challenged white opponents in the various courts as well as in gun battles.Interesting and provocative, A CHINAMAN'S CHANCE not only offers general readers a narrative account of the Rocky Mountain mining frontier, but also introduces a fresh interpretation of the Chinese experience in nineteenth-century America to scholars interested in Asian American studies, immigration history, and ethnicity.

    • Fiction

      Red Flag Warning

      A Serial Arson Mystery

      by Kurt Kamm

      Los Angeles County is burning. A serial arsonist is setting the parched hills on fire. Plunge into infernos and face the smoke, heat and danger with the men on the fire lines. While NiteHeat prowls in the darkness, setting fires and taunting investigators, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Arson Unit struggles to find the fire-setter and stop the devastation. Who is NiteHeat? Is it Ruffy, the 911 dispatcher who has failed firefighter training? Is it Mikey, a dropout who appears at every fire and steals firefighting equipment? Is it Father Dom who claims the fires are started by Satan? Discover the incendiary device triggered by a cooking timer from Williams Sonoma. Did you ever wonder how wildland arson investigators find the point of origin and evidence in a fire which consumes thousands of acres? Did you ever wonder what goes through the mind of an arsonist? Read RED FLAG WARNING.

    • Fiction
      November 2011

      Code Blood

      by Kurt Kamm

      Colt Lewis, a rookie fire paramedic, is obsessed with finding the severed foot of his first victim after she dies in his arms. His search takes him into the connected lives of a graduate research student, with the rarest blood in the world and the vampire fetishist who is stalking her. Within the corridors of high-stakes medical research laboratories, the shadow world of body parts dealers, and the underground Goth clubs of Los Angeles, Lewis uncovers a tangled maze of needles, drugs and maniacal ritual, all of which lead to death. But whose death? An unusual and fast-paced LA Noir thriller.

    • Adventure
      September 2012

      ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK

      by Kurt Kamm

      One Foot in the Black tells the coming-of-age story of a young wildland firefighter. At eighteen, Greg Kowalski, leaves an abusive home in Michigan for California to become a helitack (helicopter attack) wildland firefighter. He finds a new family in fire crew but suffers the loss of his captain and mentor while fighting a major burn on a mountainside. In time, Greg comes to terms with the death of his captain but has greater difficulty overcoming his abusive father s influence on his life.

    • Heating, lighting, ventilation

      Cool

      How Air Conditioning Changed Everything

      by Salvatore Basile

      It’s a contraption that makes the lists of “Greatest Inventions Ever”; at the same time, it’s accused of causing global disaster. It has changed everything from architecture to people’s food habits to their voting patterns, to even the way big business washes its windows. It has saved countless lives . . . while causing countless deaths. Most of us are glad it’s there. But we don’t know how, or when, it got there. It’s air conditioning. For thousands of years, humankind attempted to do something about the slow torture of hot weather. Everything was tried: water power, slave power, electric power, ice made from steam engines and cold air made from deadly chemicals, “zephyrifers,” refrigerated beds, ventilation amateurs and professional air-sniffers. It wasn’t until 1902 when an engineer barely out of college developed the “Apparatus for Treating Air”—a machine that could actually cool the indoors—and everyone assumed it would instantly change the world. That wasn’t the case. There was a time when people “ignored” hot weather while reading each day’s list of heat-related deaths, women wore furs in the summertime, heatstroke victims were treated with bloodletting . . . and the notion of a machine to cool the air was considered preposterous, even sinful. The story of air conditioning is actually two stories: the struggle to perfect a cooling device, and the effort to convince people that they actually needed such a thing. With a cast of characters ranging from Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Nixon to Felix the Cat, Cool showcases the myriad reactions to air conditioning— some of them dramatic, many others comical and wonderfully inconsistent—as it was developed and presented to the world. Here is a unique perspective on air conditioning’s fascinating history: how we rely so completely on it today, and how it might change radically tomorrow.

    • Heating, lighting, ventilation

      Cool

      How Air Conditioning Changed Everything

      by Salvatore Basile

      It’s a contraption that makes the lists of “Greatest Inventions Ever”; at the same time, it’s accused of causing global disaster. It has changed everything from architecture to people’s food habits to their voting patterns, to even the way big business washes its windows. It has saved countless lives . . . while causing countless deaths. Most of us are glad it’s there. But we don’t know how, or when, it got there. It’s air conditioning. For thousands of years, humankind attempted to do something about the slow torture of hot weather. Everything was tried: water power, slave power, electric power, ice made from steam engines and cold air made from deadly chemicals, “zephyrifers,” refrigerated beds, ventilation amateurs and professional air-sniffers. It wasn’t until 1902 when an engineer barely out of college developed the “Apparatus for Treating Air”—a machine that could actually cool the indoors—and everyone assumed it would instantly change the world. That wasn’t the case. There was a time when people “ignored” hot weather while reading each day’s list of heat-related deaths, women wore furs in the summertime, heatstroke victims were treated with bloodletting . . . and the notion of a machine to cool the air was considered preposterous, even sinful. The story of air conditioning is actually two stories: the struggle to perfect a cooling device, and the effort to convince people that they actually needed such a thing. With a cast of characters ranging from Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Nixon to Felix the Cat, Cool showcases the myriad reactions to air conditioning— some of them dramatic, many others comical and wonderfully inconsistent—as it was developed and presented to the world. Here is a unique perspective on air conditioning’s fascinating history: how we rely so completely on it today, and how it might change radically tomorrow.

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