The Civil Engineering Handbook, Second Edition

The Civil Engineering Handbook, Second Edition

The second edition of the Civil Engineering Handbook has been revised and updated to provide a comprehensive reference work and resource book covering the broad spectrum of civil engineering. This book has been written with the practicing civil engineer in mind. The ideal reader will be a BS- or MSclevel engineer with a need for a single reference source to use to keep abreast of new techniques and practices as well as to review standard practices. The Handbook stresses professional applications, placing great emphasis on ready-to-use materials. It contains many formulas and tables that give immediate solutions to common questions and problems arising from practical work. It also contains a brief description of the essential elements of each subject, thus enabling the reader to understand the fundamental background of these results and to think beyond them. Traditional as well as new and innovative practices are covered.

The subdivision of each section into several chapters is made by the associate editors and is somewhat arbitrary, as the many subjects of the individual chapters are cross-linked in many ways and cannot be arranged in a definite sequence. To this end, in addition to the complete table of contents presented at the front of the book, an individual table of contents precedes each of the eight sections and gives a general outline of the scope of the subject area covered. Finally, each chapter begins with its own table of contents. The reader should look over these tables of contents to become familiar with the structure, organization, and content of the book. In this way, the book can also be used as a survey of the field of civil engineering, by the student or civil engineer, to find the topics that he or she wants to examine in depth. It can be used as an introduction to or a survey of a particular subject in the field, and the references at the end of each chapter can be consulted for more detailed studies


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