Engineering Legends

Author: Richard G. Weingardt
Publisher: ASCE Publications
ISBN: 9780784408018
Format: PDF, ePub
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Behind every great American civil engineering accomplishment, there is a great American civil engineer. Throughout history civil engineers have made an enormous impact on the progress and development of this nation. While their engineering achievements are regularly recognized, the engineers themselves are rarely discussed. Engineering Legends provides a unique view into the history and progress of 32 great American civil engineers, from the 1700's to the present. It explores the personal lives and professional accomplishments of these outstanding engineers, providing an in-depth look at the people behind these achievements. The book also illustrates the diversity surrounding these engineers, such as their differing backgrounds, their reasons for becoming engineers, obstacles they faced, and their work in different disciplines of civil engineering. Practicing and aspiring engineers alike will be inspired to succeed by the stories of these American civil engineering legends.

An Engineer s Alphabet

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139505300
Format: PDF, Docs
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Written by America's most famous engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's selection of thoughts, quotations, anecdotes, facts, trivia and arcana relating to the practice, history, culture and traditions of his profession. The entries reflect decades of reading, writing, talking and thinking about engineers and engineering, and range from brief essays to lists of great engineering achievements. This work is organized alphabetically and more like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. It is not intended to be read from first page to last, but rather to be dipped into, here and there, as the mood strikes the reader. In time, it is hoped, this book should become the source to which readers go first when they encounter a vague or obscure reference to the softer side of engineering.

Circles in the Sky

Author: Richard G. Weingardt
Publisher: ASCE Publications
ISBN: 9780784410103
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In the summer of 1893, at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, an engineering marvel was unveiled and immediately captured the world s attention. It was a towering, web-like giant wheel, standing upright and rotating high above the city. Several stories taller than any existing American building, the Ferris Wheel carried adventure-seeking passengers to the dizzying height of 264 feet and provided panoramic views never before possible. George W. G. Ferris Jr. and his wheel helped usher America eager to identify itself with ingenuity, entrepreneurialism, and innovation into the 20th century. Yet the very wheel that came to define George Ferris in the end consumed him, leaving him ruined. This book is the first full-length biography of George Ferris. He was a civil engineer, an inventor, and a pioneer for his development of structural steel in bridge building. Circles in the Sky chronicles the life of the man responsible for creating, designing, and building the Ferris Wheel, the only structure of its time to rival the Eiffel Tower. It is, at the same time, the story of the Ferris clan, one of the nation s oldest and most fascinating families. The London Eye, erected in 1999 to welcome the new millennium, the Star of Nanchang, and most recently, the Singapore Flyer, have revived our love affair with Ferris wheels. Circles in the Sky will enchant anyone interested in engineering marvels, history, and the Ferris wheel, which reminds us that America was built by dreamers and innovators such as George W. G. Ferris Jr. About the Author Richard G. Weingardt, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, is a practicing structural engineer with nearly 50 years of experience. He is also a sought-after motivational speaker and an accomplished author of books and articles, including Engineering Legends: Great American Civil Engineers (ASCE Press, 2005) and regular columns in Structural Engineer and ASCE s Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering.

Earthquakes and Engineers

Author: Robert K. Reitherman
Publisher: ASCE Publications
ISBN: 0784410712
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Earthquakes and Engineers: An International History is the first comprehensive treatment of the engineering techniques devised around the world to address seismic problems. Beginning in ancient times, threading through the Renaissance, and continuing into the latter half of the 20th century, Reitherman traces the evolution of humankind?s understanding of the cause and characteristics of earthquakes and the development of methods to design structures that resist seismic shocks. This book examines the responses not only of structural engineers, but also of geotechnical engineers, architects, and planners. International efforts in such countries as Japan, China, India, Chile, Turkey, Italy, and the United States are placed in the broader social, technological, and economic contexts of their eras. This highly readable book is an essential reference for civil engineers who work on projects in seismic regions. For researchers in the field of the history of science and technology, the book presents original source material and an extensive list of references. Written in a straightforward style that is accessible to nonengineers, it will also be valuable to architects, planners, officials, and social scientists.

Engineering Architecture

Author: Yasmin Sabina Khan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393731071
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The structural engineer responsible for Chicago's John Hancock Center and Sears Tower, Fazlur R. Khan (1929-1982) pioneered structural systems for high-rise design that broadened the palette of building forms and expressions available to design professionals today.

Exposed structure in building design

Author: Charles H. Thornton
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Exposed structure combines beauty, functionality, and economy in high-rise buildings, sports facilities, schools, atriums, garages, industrial plants, and rail and air terminals all over the world. This definitive sourcebook brings together for the first time in a single volume the processes, concepts, and materials needed for exposed structure. Filled with photographs and drawings of award-winning buildings, it explores the decision-making process as experienced by nineteen leading designers. Also, it highlights the characteristics of exposed structure when designing for durability and economy. The introduction identifies exposed structure in many well-known contemporary buildings, and recent innovations in structural systems and architectural forms as well as the historical development are explained. Readers will find unique conversations with top architects, as they explore their choice to expose structure or why they decline to expose structure. Included are memorable comments by Edward Larrabee Barnes ... John M.Y. Lee ... Alfredo De Vido ... James Ingo Freed ... Gyo Obata ... Cesar Pelli ... Kevin Roche ... Richard Rogers ... and Bernard Tschumi. In addition, prominent structural engineers discuss in lively detail how they have worked out the politics, the process, and the technical challenges of exposing structure. Showcased are the innovative ideas of Eli Cohen ... Vincent DeSimone ... Eugene J. Fasullo ... Hal Iyengar ... William LeMessurier ... Matthys Levy ... Walter P. Moore ... Peter Rice ... Leslie E. Robertson ... and Loring A. Wyllie. Exposed Structure in Building Design provides technical summaries and case studies of design problems (and solutions) of exposed concrete, steel, and wood structures. Aluminum and other materials are discussed, too. There is up-to-date coverage of the latest materials and structural systems, of details to handle temperature differentials, and of designs to resist corrosion, fracture, and fire. This comprehensive book also contains chapters dedicated to long-span structures (such as roofed arenas and convention halls) and to the special design and maintenance requirements of parking garages. With its wide-ranging treatment of all types of exposed structure, its informative conversations with architects and engineers, and its extensive design and construction guidance, Exposed Structure in Building Design is an essential sourcebook for architects, engineers, owners, developers, contractors, and others interested in building design.

Introduction to Civil Engineering Systems

Author: Samuel Labi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118415302
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book presents an integrated systems approach to the evaluation, analysis, design, and maintenance of civil engineering systems. Addressing recent concerns about the world's aging civil infrastructure and its environmental impact, the author makes the case for why any civil infrastructure should be seen as part of a larger whole. He walks readers through all phases of a civil project, from feasibility assessment to construction to operations, explaining how to evaluate tasks and challenges at each phase using a holistic approach. Unique coverage of ethics, legal issues, and management is also included.

Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics in Memory of Ragnar Sigbj rnsson

Author: Rajesh Rupakhety
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319620991
Format: PDF
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This book presents methods and results that cover and extend beyond the state-of-the-art in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. Most of the chapters are based on the keynote lectures at the International Conference in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (ICESD), held in Reykjavik, Iceland, on June 12-14, 2017. The conference is being organised in memory of late Professor Ragnar Sigbjörnsson, who was an influential teacher and one of the leading researchers in the fields of structural mechanics, random fields, engineering seismology and earthquake engineering. Professor Sigbjörnsson had a close research collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology (NTNU), where his research was mainly focused in dynamics of marine and offshore structures. His research in Iceland was mainly focused on engineering seismology and earthquake engineering. The keynote-lecture based chapters are contributed by leading experts in these fields of research and showcase not only the historical perspective but also the most recent developments as well as a glimpse into the future. These chapters showcase a synergy of the fields of structural dynamics, engineering seismology, and earthquake engineering. In addition, some chapters in the book are based on works carried out under the leadership and initiative of Professor Sigbjörnsson and showcase his contribution to the understanding of seismic hazard and risk in Iceland. As such, the book is useful for both researchers and practicing engineers who are interested in recent research advances in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, and in particular to those interested in seismic hazard and risk in Iceland.