Practical Project Management: Tips, Tactics and Tools

Construction Management in Practice, 2nd Edition 

Harvey A. Levine

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Project Management has often been called the “accidental profession.” That designation has come about due to the preponderance of PM practitioners who have found their way to this field, not through a structured education or career strategy, but rather as a side trip from their planned careers. My side trip has lasted some 40 years and, thanks to many whom I have met along the way, the side trip has become a journey of discovery and fulfillment. This book records much of what I have learned and disseminated during that trip. Therefore, it is only fair that I express my gratitude not only to the direct contributors to this material, but also to those who helped to pave the way.




Content :
  • 1. Setting Up the Project Management Operation.
  • 2. Getting Started.
  • 3. Scheduling.
  • 4. Resource and Workforce Management.
  • 5. Budgeting and Cost Control.
  • 6. Risk Management and Contingency.
  • 7. Maintaining the Plan.
  • 8. Performance Measurement.
  • 9. Project Portfolio Management.
  • 10. Project Management, Enterprise Project Management, and Enterprise Resource Planning.
  • 11. Project Management and Professional Services Automation.
  • 12. Tools of the Trade.
  • 13. Making Project Management Work.


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Structural Design of Buildings

Structural Design of Buildings 

Smith, Paul

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The intention of this publication is to embark on a journey taking the reader through a brief history of buildings, how the construction of buildings has evolved over the years, and then examining in more detail the structure of buildings and their principal elements. We also examine other factors that affect the stability and structure of buildings, including ground investigations and environmental factors, and detail the materials used in their construction. Finally, we examine structural failures of buildings, their likely causes, and common remedies.




Content :
  • The History of Buildings
  • Loadings and Aspects of Structural Theory Relating to Buildings
  • The Construction of Buildings
  • Steel
  • Concrete
  • Timber
  • Foundations
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Roofs
  • Arches and Columns
  • Geology
  • Site Investigation
  • Stability of Buildings
  • Dimensions of Buildings
  • Basements and Retaining Structures
  • Structural Alterations
  • Structural Defects in Buildings
  • The Ancient Use of Sign and Geometry in the Setting Out of Buildings


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Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures

Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures 

A. Bohni

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The Modern Construction Handbook has become a building construction classic and is used as a textbook in many courses. Its systematic approach with chapters on materials, walls, roofs, construction, and the environment offers a clear and efficient orientation. Digital fabrication techniques are included as well (complementing traditional production processes) and presented in an instructional book for the first time. The third edition has been thoroughly updated and now provides More information more annotation of drawings, more text on the page. The updated future chapter with more emerging construction techniques. Updated essays on construction in the introduction Chapter 1. Mote technical data in the Materials Chapter. The content in this third edition has been completely reworked which makes it an even more valuable companion for students and young practitioners!"




Content :
  • Corrosion in reinforced concrete: processes and mechanisms
  • Monitoring of corrosion in reinforced concrete structures
  • Numerical modeling of reinforcement corrosion in concrete
  • Influence of concrete composition
  • Stainless steel in concrete structures
  • Surface treatments and coatings for corrosion protection
  • Corrosion inhibitors for reinforced concrete
  • Electrochemical techniques for corrosion protection and maintenance
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Marine Structural Design, Second Edition

Marine Structural Design, Second Edition 

Bai, Yong, Jin

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This book is devoted to the modern theory for design and analysis of marine structures. The term “marine structures” refers to ships and offshore structures. The objective of this book is to summarize the latest developments of design codes, engineering practices, and research into the form of a book, focusing on applications of finite element analysis and risk/reliability methods.
Calculating wave loads and load combinations is the first step in marine structural design. For structural design and analysis, a structural engineer needs to understand the basic concepts of waves, motions, and design loads. Extreme value analysis for dynamic systems is another area that has had substantial advances from 1995 to 2015. It is an important subject for the determination of the design values for motions and strength analysis of floating structures, risers, mooring systems, and tendons for tension leg platforms.




Content :
  • Part 1. Structural Design Principles
  • Part 2. Ultimate Strength
  • Part 3. Fatigue and Fracture
  • Part 4. Structural Reliability
  • Part 5. Risk Assessment
  • Part 6. Fixed Platforms and FPSO


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Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning 

A. R. Trott

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Refrigeration and its application are met in almost every branch of the industry so that practitioners in other fields find that they have to become aware of its principles, uses, and limitations. This book aims to introduce students and professionals in other disciplines to the fundamentals of the subject, without involving the reader too deeply in theory. The subject matter is laid out in logical order and covers the main uses and types of equipment. In the ten years since the last edition, there have been major changes in the choice of refrigerants due to environmental factors, and an additional chapter is introduced to reflect this.




Content :
  • 1 Fundamental
  • 2 The refrigeration cycle
  • 3 Refrigerants 
  • 4 Compressors 
  • 5 Oil in refrigerant circuits 
  • 6 Condensers and water towers
  • 7 Evaporators 
  • 8 Expansion valves 
  • 9 Controls and other circuit components 
  • 10 Selection and balancing of components 
  • 11 Materials. Construction. Site erection 
  • 12 Liquid chillers. Ice. Brines. Thermal storage 
  • 13 Packaged units 
  • 14 Refrigeration of foods. Cold storage practice 
  • 15 Cold store construction 
  • 16 Refrigeration in the food trades – meats and fish 
  • 17 Refrigeration for the dairy, brewing, and soft drinks industries 
  • 18 Refrigeration for fruit, vegetables, and other foods
  • 19 Food freezing. Freeze-drying 
  • 20 Refrigerated transport, handling, and distribution 
  • 21 Refrigeration load estimation 
  • 22 Industrial uses of refrigeration 
  • 23 Air and water vapor mixtures 
  • 24 Air treatment cycles 
  • 25 Practical air treatment cycle


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Modern Structural Analysis: Modelling Process and Guidance

Modern Structural Analysis: Modelling Process and Guidance 

Iain A MacLeod

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This book is essential reading for 21st-century practitioners and students who need to do structural analysis. It contains a great deal of information that is not available in any other book on the subject. This is because the conventional view of structural analysis is rooted in the early part of the 20th century in the pre-computer era rather than the present time. The main feature of this text is the information on the modeling process, which is omitted in traditional books. Another important feature is the inclusion of what the author calls validation information, which is used to assess whether a model is capable of satisfying the objectives of the analysis.



Content :
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic principles
  • 3 The modeling process
  • 4 Modelling with finite elements
  • 5 Skeletal frames – modeling with line elements
  • 6 Plates in bending and slabs
  • 7 Material models
  • 8 Support models
  • 9 Loading
  • 10 Non-linear geometry
  • 11 Dynamic behavior
  • 12 Case studies


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Shell Structures for Architecture Form Finding and Optimization

Shell Structures for Architecture Form Finding and Optimization 

Sigrid Adriaenssens

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Bringing together experts from research and practice, Shell Structures for Architecture: Form Finding and Optimization presents contemporary design methods for shell and gridshell structures, covering form-finding and structural optimization techniques. It introduces architecture and engineering practitioners and students to structural shells and provides computational techniques to develop complex curved structural surfaces, in the form of mathematics, computer algorithms, and design case studies.
Part I introduces the topic of shells, tracing the ancient relationship between structural form and forces, the basics of shell behavior, and the evolution of form-finding and structural optimization techniques.
Part II familiarizes the reader with form-finding techniques to explore expressive structural geometries,
covering the force density method, thrust network analysis, dynamic relaxation and particle-spring systems.
Part III focuses on shell shape and topology optimization and provides a deeper understanding of gradient-based methods and meta-heuristic techniques.
Part IV contains precedent studies of realized shells and grid shells describing their innovative design and construction methods.




Content :
  • Part 1: Shells for Architecture
  • Part 2: Form Finding
  • Part 3: Structural Optimization
  • Part 4: Precedents


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