Principles of Applied Civil Engineering Design: Producing Drawings, Specifications, and Cost Estimates for Heavy Civil Projects
The design principles and methodology to produce civil design documents have been used for many decades by the civil engineering profession and have not changed since the first edition of this book was published in 2004. For example, the use of two-dimensional principal views, such as plans, sections, and details, in construction drawings remains the graphical medium through which the engineer communicates with the contractor, even though the methods and tools to produce the drawings have rapidly changed in the past 15 to 20 years. Written technical specifications for material and equipment requirements, installation procedures, and testing requirements still work closely hand in hand with the drawings, even though the presentation formats and technical resources have undergone many changes and updates. Nevertheless, a second edition of this book is needed for the following reasons:
• Technology, such as high-speed computers, data storage and transmittal on the Internet, new software, global positioning system (GPS), and geographic information system (GIS), has improved the data acquisition and the tools for civil design, so there is a need to update the methods and tools that are used to produce civil design documents.
• The first edition has no exercise problems, which are traditionally used in many college texts of other subjects. Because one of the main target readers is civil engineering students, the addition of some exercise problems in certain chapters will be useful as a teaching tool.
• The first edition of this book contains numerous references to documents published by various organizations such as the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), and RS Means cost data. Some of these documents are now outdated.
• More examples and illustrations are needed to explain certain key design issues, such as constructability, loss prevention, design quality control, and changed conditions.
• The author has been teaching the subject matter for continuing education in a civil design training course. Based on the feedback to the author, some topics (e.g., permits, borrow investigation, design submittals, contractor selection process, bidding strategy, alternative pricing methods, and factors affecting pricing estimate) require more in-depth treatment.
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