To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure by Henry Petroski pdf free download

To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure by Henry Petroski pdf free download

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To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure by Henry Petroski pdf free download.

When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Henry Petroski says we must look beyond design for causes and corrections. Known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, Petroski here takes his analysis a step further, to consider the larger context in which accidents occur.
In To Forgive Design he surveys some of the most infamous failures of our time, from the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse and the toppling of a massive Shanghai apartment building in 2009 to Boston’s prolonged Big Dig and the 2010 Gulf oil spill. These avoidable disasters reveal the interdependency of people and machines within systems whose complex behavior was undreamt of by their designers, until it was too late. Petroski shows that even the simplest technology is embedded in cultural and socioeconomic constraints, complications, and contradictions.
Failure to imagine the possibility of failure is the most profound mistake engineers can make. Software developers realized this early on and looked outside their young field, to structural engineering, as they sought a historical perspective to help them identify their own potential mistakes. By explaining the interconnectedness of technology and culture and the dangers that can emerge from complexity, Petroski demonstrates that we would all do well to follow their lead.

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[An] authoritative text about the interrelationship between success and failure in the engineering enterprise…Petroski’s most gripping passages are his Sherlockian dissections of engineering fiascos and the importance of learning from the vast archive of forensic analyses. (Kirkus Reviews 2012-02-01)

About the Author

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University.

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Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States by Kathleen J. Tierney et al pdf free download

Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States by Kathleen J. Tierney et al pdf free download

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Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States by Kathleen J. Tierney et al pdf free download.

Facing the Unexpected presents the wealth of information derived from disasters around the world over the past 25 years. The authors explore how these findings can improve disaster programs, identify remaining research needs, and discuss disaster within the broader context of sustainable development.

How do different people think about disaster? Are we more likely to panic or to respond with altruism? Why are 110 people killed in a Valujet crash considered disaster victims while the 50,000 killed annually in traffic accidents in the U.S. are not? At the crossroads of social, cultural, and economic factors, this book examines these and other compelling questions.

The authors review the influences that shape the U.S. governmental system for disaster planning and response, the effectiveness of local emergency agencies, and the level of professionalism in the field. They also compare technological versus natural disaster and examine the impact of technology on disaster programs.

Interesting insight on natural and man made disasters.
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Snow Loads: Guide to the Snow Load Provisions of ASCE 7-10 by Michael J. O’Rourke pdf free download

Snow Loads: Guide to the Snow Load Provisions of ASCE 7-10 by Michael J. O'Rourke pdf free download

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Snow Loads: Guide to the Snow Load Provisions of ASCE 7-10 by Michael J. O’Rourke pdf free download.

Snow Loads: Guide to the Snow Load Provisions of ASCE 7-10 provides detailed authoritative description of the snow load provisions of ASCE/SEI Standard 7-10. With clear, concise language, Snow Loads illustrates the key concepts and guides users in applying the provisions in the design of new and existing structures that are subject to falling or drifting snow. Like its predecessors that accompanied earlier editions of the Standard, this new book includes examples of flat roof loads, sloped roof loads, partial loads, and all types of conventional drift loading. New material includes design examples for leeward drift and sliding loads on adjacent structures and an improved discussion of bays susceptible to ponding loads. The Frequently Asked Questions chapter has been expanded and now covers six additional questions.

This is a valuable reference book by one of the country’s leading experts in the field of snow loads. I have been impressed with its easy to comprehend approach and useful information.
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Construction Superintendent Operations Manual by Sidney M. Levy pdf free download

Construction Superintendent Operations Manual by Sidney M. Levy pdf free download

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Construction Superintendent Operations Manual by Sidney M. Levy pdf free download.

Complete Any Construction Job On Time, within Budget, and According to Specifications

Turn to the updated Second Edition of Construction Superintendent’s Operations Manual for step-by-step guidance on managing every aspect of complex construction jobs. From handling construction contracts to managing construction components and technology, this hands-on resource will help you ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and according to specifications.

Packed with over 100 forms, sample letters, and checklists, this easy-to-use reference shows readers how to organize a project, work with subcontractors, rehabilitate old buildings, establish safety procedures at the jobsite, achieve quality control and quality assurance, write effective business letters, and much more. The Second Edition of Construction Superintendent’s Operations Manual now features:

  • A wealth of construction methods, strategies, and tactics
  • Dealing with difficult issues at the site, coordination, subsurface conditions
  • Time and material pitfalls to avoid
  • Tips on working with subcontractors and completing jobs successfully
  • Over 100 forms, letters, and checklists, both in the book and on the CD-ROM
  • SI units where applicable
  • NEW to this edition: more details on construction contract documents, including design-build; new information on bonds and insurance; updated coverage of site safety, with OSHA citations

Inside This Cutting-Edge Construction Management Guide

• Introduction to the Construction Industry • Construction Contracts • General Conditions • Organizing the Project • Organizing in the Field • Working with Subcontractors • Rehabilitation of Old Buildings • Safety at the Jobsite • Quality Control and Quality Assurance • The Legal World We Live In • Effective Letter Writing

About the Author

Sidney Levy is an independent construction industry consultant and author of Project Management in Construction.
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Structural Depth Practice Exams for the Civil PE Exam by James Giancaspro pdf free download

Structural Depth Practice Exams for the Civil PE Exam by James Giancaspro pdf free download

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Structural Depth Practice Exams for the Civil PE Exam by James Giancaspro pdf free download.

Two Realistic 40-Problem Structural Depth Exams
Structural Depth Practice Exams contains two 40-problem, multiple-choice exams consistent with the NCEES Civil PE structural depth exam’s format and specifications. Like the actual exam, the problems in this book require an average of six minutes to solve. Comprehensive step-by-step solutions demonstrate accurate and efficient problem-solving approaches. Author commentary is provided in the solutions to explain time-saving shortcuts and common pitfalls.
Structural Depth Practice Exams will help you to
  • familiarize yourself with the exam scope and format
  • identify accurate and efficient problem-solving approaches
  • connect relevant theory to exam-like problems
  • solve problems under timed conditions
Referenced Codes and Standards
  • AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (AASHTO)
  • Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (ACI 530)
  • Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318)
  • Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE/SEI7)
  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • National Design Specification for Wood Construction ASD/LRFD (NDS)
  • PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete (PCI)
  • Safety and Health Regulations for Construction (OSHA 29 CFR Part 1926)
  • Steel Construction Manual (AISC)

About the Author

James Giancaspro, PhD, PE, is an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Miami. He received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and master of science and doctoral degrees in structural engineering from Rutgers University. He has collaborated with scientists at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to investigate high-temperature-resistant materials used in aerospace applications. He also spent several years in the Structural Damage Technology division of Boeing, where he developed test methods for composite materials and experimental programs to evaluate their durability and damage tolerance. In 2013, he received the James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award from Chi Epsilon for the southeastern United States.
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Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures pdf free download by The Masonry Society, American Concrete Institute, Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE

Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures pdf free download by The Masonry Society, American Concrete Institute, Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE

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Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures pdf free download by The Masonry Society, American Concrete Institute, Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE.

The 2011 edition of Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures covers the design and construction of masonry structures. As a Standard, it is written in such form that it may be adopted by reference in a legally adopted building code. Changes to this edition include a recalibration of allowable stresses, the addition of provisions for infill masonry, and a refinement of the quality assurance/special inspection provisions for masonry that includes references to relevant requirements for each inspection task. Topics include: definitions, contract documents, quality assurance, materials, placement of embedded items, analysis and design, strength and serviceability, flexural and axial loads, shear, details and development of reinforcement, walls, columns, pilasters, beams and lintels, seismic design requirements, glass unit masonry, and veneers. An empirical design method applicable to buildings meeting specific location and construction criteria are also included. This Standard is an essential reference for structural engineers, contractors, and inspection officials working on masonry structures.

This code I downloaded for my classmate. She is in a masonry design class and she really likes it. Hope it helps her much

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Transportation Statistics and Microsimulation pdf free download by Clifford Spiegelman, Eun Sug Park, Laurence R. Rilett

Transportation Statistics and Microsimulation pdf free download by Clifford Spiegelman, Eun Sug Park, Laurence R. Rilett

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Transportation Statistics and Microsimulation pdf free download by Clifford Spiegelman, Eun Sug Park, Laurence R. Rilett.

By discussing statistical concepts in the context of transportation planning and operations, Transportation Statistics and Microsimulation provides the necessary background for making informed transportation-related decisions. It explains the why behind standard methods and uses real-world transportation examples and problems to illustrate key concepts.

The Tools and Methods to Solve Transportation Problems
Classroom-tested at Texas A&M University, the text covers the statistical techniques most frequently employed by transportation and pavement professionals. To familiarize readers with the underlying theory and equations, it contains problems that can be solved using statistical software. The authors encourage the use of SAS’s JMP package, which enables users to interactively explore and visualize data. Students can buy their own copy of JMP at a reduced price via a postcard in the book.

Practical Examples Show How the Methods Are Used in Action
Drawing on the authors’ extensive application of statistical techniques in transportation research and teaching, this textbook explicitly defines the underlying assumptions of the techniques and shows how they are used in practice. It presents terms from both a statistical and a transportation perspective, making conversations between transportation professionals and statisticians smoother and more productive.

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In this treatment of statistics specifically directed to transportation planners and engineers, Spiegelman and other transportation experts discuss the basics of statistical and graphical methods, differences between methodologies, strategies for conducting computer-aided statistical designs (using JMP software by SAS), bias-corrected confidence intervals, re-sampling techniques for evaluating uncertainties, and the concepts of Bayesian estimation and smoothing estimators. They also overview increasingly used traffic microsimulation models. The text includes homework problems, appended information on soft modeling and nonparametric model building, and a companion website for access to data sets.
SciTech Book News, February 2011

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Correlations of Soil and Rock Properties in Geotechnical Engineering pdf free download by Jay Ameratunga, Nagaratnam Sivakugan and Braja M. Das

Correlations of Soil and Rock Properties in Geotechnical Engineering pdf free download by Jay Ameratunga, Nagaratnam Sivakugan and Braja M. Das

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Correlations of Soil and Rock Properties in Geotechnical Engineering pdf free download by Jay Ameratunga, Nagaratnam Sivakugan and Braja M. Das.

This book presents a one-stop reference to the empirical correlations used extensively in geotechnical engineering. Empirical correlations play a key role in geotechnical engineering designs and analysis. Laboratory and in situ testing of soils can add significant cost to a civil engineering project. By using appropriate empirical correlations, it is possible to derive many design parameters, thus limiting our reliance on these soil tests. The authors have decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, as professional engineers or researchers. The objective of this book is to present a critical evaluation of a wide range of empirical correlations reported in the literature, along with typical values of soil parameters, in the light of their experience and knowledge. This book will be a one-stop-shop for the practising professionals, geotechnical researchers and academics looking for specific correlations for estimating certain geotechnical parameters. The empirical correlations in the forms of equations and charts and typical values are collated from extensive literature review, and from the authors’ database.

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This book presents a one-stop reference to the empirical correlations used extensively in geotechnical engineering. Empirical correlations play a key role in geotechnical engineering designs and analysis. Laboratory and in situ testing of soils can add significant cost to a civil engineering project. By using appropriate empirical correlations, it is possible to derive many design parameters, thus limiting our reliance on these soil tests. The authors have decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, as professional engineers or researchers. The objective of this book is to present a critical evaluation of a wide range of empirical correlations reported in the literature, along with typical values of soil parameters, in the light of their experience and knowledge. This book will be a one-stop-shop for the practising professionals, geotechnical researchers and academics looking for specific correlations for estimating certain geotechnical parameters. The empirical correlations in the forms of equations and charts and typical values are collated from extensive literature review, and from the authors’ database.

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Civil PE Practice Examination by Michael R. Lindeburg pdf free download

Civil PE Practice Examination by Michael R. Lindeburg pdf free download

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Civil PE Practice Examination by Michael R. Lindeburg pdf free download.

The Most Realistic Practice for the Civil PE Exam

Civil PE Practice Examination contains six 40-problem, multiple-choice exams consistent with the NCEES Civil PE exam’s format and specifications. The morning breadth exam covers a variety of civil engineering topics. The five afternoon depth exams (construction; geotechnical; structural; transportation; and water resources and environmental) prepare you for the depth exam of your choice and provide additional practice for the morning exam subjects.

Consistent with the actual exam, the problems in Civil PE Practice Examination require an average of six minutes to solve. Enhance your time-management skills by taking each exam within the same four-hour time limit as the actual exam. Then, evaluate your performance using the six individual answer keys. Comprehensive step-by-step solutions demonstrate accurate and efficient problem-solving approaches. Solutions also reference exam-adopted codes and standards, so you can learn where to find required information and how to efficiently use your resources.

Civil PE Practice Examination will help you to

  • familiarize yourself with the exam topics and format
  • identify accurate and efficient problem-solving approaches
  • connect relevant theory to exam-like problems
  • navigate through exam-adopted codes and standards
  • solve problems under timed conditions
Great review for the actual exam. Tough questions that got me prepared.

About the Author

Michael R. Lindeburg, PE, is one of the best-known authors of engineering textbooks and references. His books and courses have influenced millions of engineers around the world. Since 1975, he has authored more than 35 engineering reference and exam preparation books. He has spent thousands of hours teaching engineering to students and practicing engineers. He holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial engineering from Stanford University.

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Construction Accounting & Financial Management by Steven Peterson pdf free download

Construction Accounting & Financial Management by Steven Peterson pdf free download

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Construction Accounting & Financial Management by Steven Peterson pdf free download.

This book takes general business accounting and financial principles as well as engineering economics and adapts them to the unique characteristics of the construction industry. It provides all of the key financial management principles needed by construction managers under one cover, addressing how they are applied in the construction industry and how they interact. This book teaches students how to account for the company’s financial resources, how to manage the costs and profits of a construction company, how to manage the company’s cash flows, how to evaluate different sources of funding a company’s cash needs, and how to quantitatively analyze financial decisions.

From the Back Cover

Written to benefit professionals already in the industry and students who are still seeking a degree, Construction Accounting and Financial Management provides the necessary background for construction managers to make key financial decisions.

Focusing on the principles of accounting and financial management required to make construction companies financially sound, the book covers such key topics as determining profitability of projects, projecting cash flow, and projecting costs.

In this new edition, Peterson has updated much of material to make it even more relevant to today’s students.

About the Author

Steven Peterson, MBA, PE; Associate Professor of Construction Management, Weber State University.

Mr. Peterson’s specialty is the financial side of the construction industry, including construction accounting, finance, and estimating.  He has written two textbooks.  In his first textbook, Construction Accounting and Financial Management, he shows construction managers how to take common accounting, financial, and other business principals and adapt these to the unique characteristics of the construction industry.  In his second textbook,Construction Estimating using Excel, he shows construction managers how to use the power of Excel throughout the estimating process.  He has published a number of articles in Estimating Today, the Official Publication of the American Society of Professional Estimators.

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