Engineering Legends

Author: Richard G. Weingardt
Publisher: ASCE Publications
ISBN: 0784471215
Format: PDF, Docs
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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, ePub
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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, ePub, 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
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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.

Exposed structure in building design

Author: Charles H. Thornton
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
ISBN:
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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.

Infrastructure Health in Civil Engineering

Author: Mohammed M. Ettouney
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1439866538
Format: PDF
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Continually increasing demands on infrastructures mean that maintenance and renewal require timely, appropriate action that maximizes benefits while minimizing cost. To be as well informed as possible, decision-makers must have an optimal understanding of an infrastructure’s condition—what it is now, and what it is expected to be in the future. Written by two highly respected engineers, the second volume, Infrastructure Health in Civil Engineering: Applications and Management, integrates the decision making concept into theoretical and practical issues. It covers: State-of-the-art practice and future directions Use of probability and statistics in areas including structural modeling Specific practical applications, including retrofitting and rehabilitation in response to earthquake damage, corrosion, fatigue, and bridge security Use of IHCE for management and maintenance of different types of structures using pre-stressed and reinforced concrete, and fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) Numerous practical case studies, as well as coverage of the latest techniques in the use of sensors for damage detection and load testing Built to correspond to the ideas presented in its companion volume, Theory and Components, this is an invaluable guide to optimized, cost-saving methods that will help readers meet safety specifications for new projects, as well as the aging infrastructure at great risk of failure.

Da Vinci s Ghost

Author: Toby Lester
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439189250
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In Da Vinci's Ghost, critically acclaimed historian Toby Lester tells the story of the world’s most iconic image, the Vitruvian Man, and sheds surprising new light on the artistry and scholarship of Leonardo da Vinci, one of history’s most fascinating figures. Deftly weaving together art, architecture, history, theology, and much else, Da Vinci's Ghost is a first-rate intellectual enchantment.”—Charles Mann, author of 1493 Da Vinci didn’t summon Vitruvian Man out of thin air. He was inspired by the idea originally formulated by the Roman architect Vitruvius, who suggested that the human body could be made to fit inside a circle, long associated with the divine, and a square, related to the earthly and secular. To place a man inside those shapes was to imply that the human body could indeed be a blueprint for the workings of the universe. Da Vinci elevated Vitruvius’ idea to exhilarating heights when he set out to do something unprecedented, if the human body truly reflected the cosmos, he reasoned, then studying its anatomy more thoroughly than had ever been attempted before—peering deep into body and soul—might grant him an almost godlike perspective on the makeup of the world. Written with the same narrative flair and intellectual sweep as Lester’s award-winning first book, the “almost unbearably thrilling” (Simon Winchester) Fourth Part of the World, and beautifully illustrated with Da Vinci's drawings, Da Vinci’s Ghost follows Da Vinci on his journey to understanding the secrets of the Vitruvian man. It captures a pivotal time in Western history when the Middle Ages were giving way to the Renaissance, when art, science, and philosophy were rapidly converging, and when it seemed possible that a single human being might embody—and even understand—the nature of the universe.