Concrete Petrography: A Handbook of Investigative Techniques 2nd Edition
Written by leading experts in the field, Concrete Petrography is a unique and invaluable part of the literature on the material properties of concrete. It covers all aspects of the petrographic study of hardened concrete and related materials, from the selection of sample material and its preparation as petrographic specimens to a detailed discussion of the methods of examination and equipment. The core of the book is the review of the features of concrete that can be observed and identified using a petrological microscope. Defects, deterioration and failures in concrete are explained, and the observations and petrographic evidence that demonstrate their presence are illustrated. The clear descriptions and illustrations make it easy for engineers and petrographers alike to identify precisely the causes of the properties they can observe in a concrete sample, leading to more accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment of problems in structural concrete.
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The most comprehensive, up-to-date construction project management system
Fully revised for the latest technologies and standards, Total Construction Project Management, Second Edition provides a proven framework for completing construction jobs as specified, on schedule, and within budget. You’ll learn how to plan, organize, and control each stage of a project—from initiation to close-out.
This updated edition integrates important new trends, such as technological interoperability, seamless electronic information exchange, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and sustainable building practices. Real-world case studies and customizable sample construction documents are included in this practical guide.
Inside, you’ll find field-tested methods for:
- Preparing project bids and proposals
- Negotiating contracts
- Project planning and initiation
- Scheduling construction
- Estimating, budgeting and cost control
- Project organization and control
- Construction project execution
- Integrating the latest technologies, including BIM and electronic information exchange
- Green building and sustainable construction
- Construction safety and health
- Project communications
- Managing human factors
About the Author
George J. Ritz was a leading expert in construction and project management with 40 years of experience in executing projects in the U.S. and abroad. He worked on a broad spectrum of construction projects, ranging from schools for the physically challenged to world-class petrochemical plants. Mr.Ritz was a registered Professional Engineer and a frequent lecturer on project management and related topics .He wrote Total Engineering Project Management.
Sidney M. Levy has 35 years of experience as a senior executive in a major general contracting firm in New England. He is the author of 30 books on construction means, methods, and operations in the United States and abroad. Mr. Levy has lectured to industry groups in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Japan, and Korea. His book, Project Management in Construction, was awarded the British Chartered Institute of Building Silver Medal. Mr. Levy currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where he is an independent construction consultant.
Provides a guide to the general principles of Scottish law relevant to construction contracts and the main provisions of the standard forms of construction contract used in Scotland including:
- the obligations of employers and contractors
- ending a construction contract
- collateral warranties
- dispute resolution
- regulatory matters
The new edition has been substantially updated and expanded to take account of the latest editions of the Scottish Standard Building Contracts and recent case law. Specific updates have been driven by the following changes to legislation and standard contracts
- Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 and the relative Scheme for Construction Contracts
- Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010
- Recognising the significant increase in use of NEC3 standard forms of contract, references to NEC3 provisions have been introduced throughout the relevant chapters so that each now covers the common law, the SBCC provisions and the NEC3 provisions.
It also features new chapters on: litigation; competition; the Bribery Act 2010; and guarantees and bonds.
The book explores the sustainable design principles and innovative engineering behind the development of two of the world’s largest conditioned public conservatories or biomes. Nestled within waterfront gardens, the biomes are the centrepiece of a development that will define Singapore as the world’s premier tropical garden city: gardens that are on track to become a national and international exemplar of sustainable practice.
Through a combination of photographs, graphics and narratives, the book explores the challenges of building two huge enclosures to recreate, in Singapore’s naturally sunny, hot and humid environment, the ideal growing conditions for plants from cool-dry Mediterranean regions and the cool-moist conditions of tropical mountain regions. While the thrust of the narrative will consider the environmental design and engineering approach of Atelier Ten, three other voices reflect upon the landscape, architectural and structural engineering issues that confronted the core members of the integrated design team.
As environmental engineers Atelier Ten developed highly innovative passive and active environmental strategies for controlling conditions within the conservatories, while minimising energy demand to exemplar levels. Outside the Biomes the unique Supertree structures house components of the systems that provide cool and dry air to the biomes and also incorporate photovoltaic panels to generate power. The systems run mainly on tree-thinnings – waste material generated by Singapore’s National Parks maintenance programme – which are being diverted from landfill to be used as a source of biomass to generate energy and heat.
The landscaping incorporates extensive natural water treatment devices to control, attenuate and cleanse the enormous flows of water from the biome roof areas and the hard landscaping areas during tropical storms. These have been seamlessly integrated into the hard and soft landscaping which comes to life during the frequent deluges that are characteristic of the tropical climate.
In addition, Atelier Ten have developed sustainable management matrices to establish agreed principles of design and construction to exceed benchmarks establish by LEED™, Singapore’s BCA Green Mark scheme and One Planet Living approaches.
This comprehensive book covers all major aspects of the design and maintenance of port facilities, including port planning, design loads for today’s larger vessel size, seismic design guidelines, and breakwater design. New material addresses environmental concerns, the latest developments on inter–modal hubs and transfer points, and the latest information on port security and procedures being implemented around the world.
About the Author
GREGORY P. TSINKER is President of Tsinker & Associates, Inc., in Ontario, Canada.