Construction Failure

Author: Jacob Feld
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471574774
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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First published in 1968, Jacob Feld′s Construction Failure has long been considered the classic text on the subject. Retaining all of the key components of Feld′s comprehensive exploration of the root causes of failure, this Second Edition addresses a multitude of important industry developments to bring this landmark work up to date for a new generation of engineers, architects, and students. In addition to detailed coverage of current design tools, techniques, materials, and construction methods, Construction Failure, Second Edition features an entire chapter on the burgeoning area of construction litigation, including a thorough examination of alternative dispute resolution techniques. Like the original, this edition discusses technical and procedural failures of many different types of structures, but is now supplemented with new case studies to illustrate the dynamics of failure in action today. Jacob Feld knew thirty years ago that in order to learn from our mistakes, we must first acknowledge and understand them. With this revised volume, Kenneth Carper has ensured that Feld′s now–posthumous message will continue to be heard for years to come. Jacob Feld′s comprehensive work on failure analysis has now been skillfully amended to address current design and construction tools, materials, and practices. Building on the first edition′s peerless examination of the causes and lessons of failure, Construction Failure, Second Edition provides you with expanded coverage of: ∗ Technical, procedural, structural, and nonstructural failures ∗ Natural hazards, earthworks, soil and foundation problems, and more ∗ Reinforced, precast and prestressed concrete, steel, timber, masonry, and other materials ∗ Responsibility and litigation concerns, dispute avoidance, and alternative dispute resolution techniques ∗ Construction safety issues ∗ Many different types of structures, including dams and bridges Construction Failure has as much to teach us today as it did thirty years ago. This revised volume is an essential resource for design engineers, architects, construction managers, lawyers, and students in all of these fields.

Construction Contractors Survival Guide

Author: Thomas C. Schleifer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471513247
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The turnover rate for companies in the construction industry is high. This book identifies the ten key elements of contractor failure and shows how to avoid them. Each element of failure is defined, illustrated by real examples, and ways are discussed to avoid or minimize the risks involved. The final chapter shows how to bring all these elements together to develop a positive and workable management strategy. This survival guide should prove invaluable to the 1.4 million individual construction-industry businesses in this country.

Construction cost estimates

Author: Leo Diamant
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This Second Edition of the standard guide to construction cost estimating now covers estimating in a wider range of trades. Whereas the First Edition emphasized heavy construction, especially in concrete, this second edition includes estimation in building (light) construction. Presented here is a practical method for preparing consistent and detailed cost estimates for construction projects. The construction project is divided into separate job items, and each job item is subdivided and estimated by applying a system of unit costs. Covers terminology and includes handy tables.

A Practical Guide to Construction Adjudication

Author: James Pickavance
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118717945
Format: PDF
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In the United Kingdom, adjudication is available as a right for parties to a construction contract, following the enactment of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. In general, within a comparatively short period of time, parties in dispute will have a decision from an adjudicator, which, except in limited circumstances, the courts will enforce. Adjudication has become the number one method of dispute resolution in the construction industry. The short timescale means that a party needs to know what to do, when to do it and be able to check that the other party and the adjudicator are following the right steps. A Practical Guide to Construction Adjudication gives parties the necessary information to achieve this. It provides a straightforward overview of the process and procedure of adjudication by reference to legislation and case law, augmented with practical guidance including suggestions on what to do or not to do, drafting tips and checklists. Separate chapters for Scotland and Northern Ireland identify and explain the differences in procedure and judicial interpretation between those jurisdictions and England and Wales, and further detailed explanations of the adjudication regimes in Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore are included. Each of the chapters on jurisdictions outside England and Wales has been written by senior experts in those jurisdictions to ensure the content is accurate and insightful. There are a range of helpful appendices including a bank of model form adjudication documents and tabulated detailed comparisons of the Scheme for Construction Contracts, the other major adjudication rules, the major adjudicator nominating bodies and the UK and international regimes. Readers will particularly appreciate the most comprehensive index of adjudication cases available, sorted into 260 subject headings providing immediate access to all the reported cases on any adjudication topic.

Reliability of Electronic Components

Author: Titu-Marius Bajenescu
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642585051
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This application-oriented professional book explains why components fail, addressing the needs of engineers who apply reliability principles in design, manufacture, testing and field service. A detailed index, a glossary, acronym lists, reliability dictionaries and a rich specific bibliography complete the book.

The CSI Construction Contract Administration Practice Guide

Author: Construction Specifications Institute
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470940174
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Get the must-have reference on construction contract administration -- and the essential study aid for the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) Exam. The CSI Construction Contract Administration Practice Guide: Takes an in-depth look at standard contract documents and their successful use in construction projects. Provides expert commentary on various standard forms and their use in documenting design decisions made during project construction and providing for clear project communications. Discusses the roles and responsibilities of all parties to construction agreements and their effective management. Packaged with the book is an access code which provides access to a password-protected Web site with bonus content, including a PDF of the printed book and copies of CSI format documents, such as UniFormat and SectionFormat/PageFormat. This easy-to-follow guide offers invaluable tips all construction professionals can immediately put to use for improving the overall skill and efficiency of document preparation that accurately conveys stated goals, ensuring that all interested individuals receive fair representation throughout the entire construction process. Part of the CSI Practice Guides, a library of comprehensive references specifically and carefully designed for the construction professional. Each book examines important concepts and best practices integral to a particular aspect of the building process.

Managing the Profitable Construction Business

Author: Thomas C. Schleifer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118837134
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Take control of your construction contracting business and manage it through the natural highs and lows of the construction market. Learn from a team of construction business veterans led by Thomas C. Schleifer, who is commonly referred to as a construction business "turnaround" expert due to the number of construction companies he has rescued from financial distress. His financial acumen, combined with his practical, hands-on experience, has made him a sought-after private consultant. His experience and no-nonsense philosophy have truly given him a unique perspective. Important topics covered include: Understanding the primary areas of construction business failure in the next decade Minimizing business risk with real-world examples Developing a positive and competent management attitude and strategy Discover how to maneuver through this complicated and risky industry by using the authors' research and proven success strategies to sustain and grow your business.

Value and Risk Management

Author: Michael F. Dallas
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470759429
Format: PDF, ePub
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Published on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Building and endorsed by a range of construction industry institutes, this book explains the underlying concepts of value and risk, and how they relate to one another. It describes the different issues to be addressed in a variety of circumstances and at all stages of a project's life and reviews a number of commonly used and effective techniques, showing how these may be adapted to suit individuals' styles and circumstances. * Published on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Building with cross-industry institutional support * Combines value and risk management which are often considered, wrongly, in isolation * Makes a complicated subject accessible to a wide audience of construction practitioners * Features checklists and proformas to aid implementation of best practice * Author has extensive practical experience of the subject