Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering
Author: D. I. Blockley
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 153
Release: 2014
ISBN: 0199671931
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Structural Engineering Book Excerpt:

Descripción del editor: "Using examples from around the world, including the Shard in London and jumbo jets like the A380, David Blockley explores the world of structural engineering. This Very Short Introduction considers the crucial role structural engineering has on issues such as cost and energy efficiency to long-term sustainability and safety" (Oxford University Press).

Engineering A Very Short Introduction

Engineering  A Very Short Introduction
Author: David Blockley
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2012-03-22
ISBN: 0191633704
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Engineering A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

Engineering is part of almost everything we do - from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. In this Very Short Introduction, David Blockley explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its scope, and its relationship with art, craft, science, and technology. He considers the role of engineering in the modern world, demonstrating its need to provide both practical and socially acceptable solutions, and explores how engineers use natural phenomena to embrace human needs. From its early roots starting with Archimedes to some of the great figures of engineering such as Brunel and Marconi, right up to the modern day, he also looks at some of its challenges - when things go wrong - such as at Chernobyl. Ultimately, he shows how engineering is intimately part of who and what we are. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Structural Engineering A Very Short Introduction

Structural Engineering  A Very Short Introduction
Author: David Blockley
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2014-09-25
ISBN: 0191652091
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Structural Engineering A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

Have you ever wondered how it's possible to build a skyscraper, a big bridge, a jumbo jet, or a cruise liner? Everything has structure. Structure is the difference between a random pile of components and a fully functional object. Through structure the parts connect to make the whole. Natural structures vary from the very smallest part of an atom to the entire cosmology of the universe. Man-made structures include buildings, bridges, dams, ships, aeroplanes, rockets, trains, cars and fair-ground rides and all forms of artefacts, even large artistic sculptures. The wide range of different industries in which structural engineers work includes construction, transport, manufacturing, and aerospace. In this Very Short Introduction, David Blockley explores, in non-technical language, what structural engineering is all about, including examples ranging from the Shard in London and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to jumbo jets like the A380 and the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Civil Engineering A Very Short Introduction

Civil Engineering  A Very Short Introduction
Author: David Muir Wood
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 161
Release: 2012-09-27
ISBN: 019957863X
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Civil Engineering A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

Discusses the importance of civil engineering in the history of civilization, explores problems civil engineers face each day, and outlines some modern accomplishments in the field.

The Very Short Introductions Blog Book

The Very Short Introductions Blog Book
Author: Oxford University Press
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2014-09-01
ISBN: 0191056243
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Very Short Introductions Blog Book Book Excerpt:

In this free Very Short Introductions Blog Book we’ve gathered 30 of our VSI authors’ very best blog posts on topics including history, politics, science, and more. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the passion, insight, and great writing that characterizes these authors and the Very Short Introductions series.

Nineteenth Century Britain A Very Short Introduction

Nineteenth Century Britain  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Christopher Harvie,Colin Matthew
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 193
Release: 2000-08-10
ISBN: 0191606499
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nineteenth Century Britain A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew's Very Short Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Britain is a sharp but subtle account of remarkable economic and social change and an even more remarkable political stability. Britain in 1789 was overwhelmingly rural, agrarian, multilingual, and almost half Celtic. By 1914, when it faced its greatest test since the defeat of Napoleon, it was largely urban and English. Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew show the forces behind Britain's rise to its imperial zenith, and the continuing tensions within the nations and classes of the 'union state'. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Computer Science A Very Short Introduction

Computer Science  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Subrata Dasgupta
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2016-03-24
ISBN: 0191053201
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Computer Science A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

Over the past sixty years, the spectacular growth of the technologies associated with the computer is visible for all to see and experience. Yet, the science underpinning this technology is less visible and little understood outside the professional computer science community. As a scientific discipline, computer science stands alongside the likes of molecular biology and cognitive science as one of the most significant new sciences of the post Second World War era. In this Very Short Introduction, Subrata Dasgupta sheds light on these lesser known areas and considers the conceptual basis of computer science. Discussing algorithms, programming, and sequential and parallel processing, he considers emerging modern ideas such as biological computing and cognitive modelling, challenging the idea of computer science as a science of the artificial. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Projects A Very Short Introduction

Projects  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Andrew Davies
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2017-10-19
ISBN: 0191043400
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Projects A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

What is a project? How are projects organized to deal with a complex, rapidly changing, and uncertain world? Why are projects the organization of the future? A project is a temporary organization and one-time process established to achieve a desired outcome. Projects range in size from small teams to large international joint-ventures and temporary coalitions of public and private organizations. What distinguishes projects from all other organizational activities - such as mass produced products and services - is that a project is finite in duration, lasting from hours, days, or weeks to years, and in some cases decades. Each project is disposable. It brings together people and resources to accomplish a goal and when the goal is accomplished, the organization disappears. When projects are complex, unpredictable, and changing, their plans have to be flexible and able to adjust to situations that cannot foreseen at the outset. In this Very Short Introduction Andrew Davies looks at how projects have developed since the industrial revolution to create the human-built world in which we live, work, and play. Considering some of our greatest endeavours such as the Erie Canal, Apollo Moon landing, Japanese product development, and Chinese ecocity projects, Davies identifies how projects are organized and managed to design and produce large and complex systems, cope with fast changing conditions, and deal with the immense uncertainties required to create breakthrough innovations in products and services. He concludes by considering how projects could be organized to address the challenges facing the post-industrial society of the 21st century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Computer Science

Computer Science
Author: Subrata Dasgupta
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 169
Release: 2016
ISBN: 0198733461
Category: Computer science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Computer Science Book Excerpt:

While the development of information technology has been obvious to all, the underpinning computer science has been less apparent. Subrata Dasgupta provides a thought-provoking introduction to the field and its core principles, considering computer science as a science of symbol processing.

Synthetic Biology A Very Short Introduction

Synthetic Biology  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Jamie A. Davies
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2018-07-19
ISBN: 0192525271
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Synthetic Biology A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

Synthetic biology is one of the 21st century's fastest growing fields of research, as important for technology as for basic science. Building on traditional genetic engineering, which was restricted to changing one or two genes, synthetic biology uses multi-gene modules and pathways to make very significant changes to what cells can do. Synthetic biologists aim to have an impact in fields as diverse as drug manufacture, biofuel production, tackling pollution, and medical diagnostics. Further ahead, synthetic biology may even make possible the long-standing goal of creating new life from non-living starting materials. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise explanation of what synthetic biology is, and how it is beginning to affect many fields of technology. Jamie Davies also discusses the considerable controversies surrounding synthetic biology, from questions over the assumption that engineering concepts can be applied to living systems easily, to scepticism over the claims for commercial promise, fears that the dangers of engineering life are worse than its benefits, and concerns over whether humans should be designing living systems at all. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Introduction to Civil Engineering Systems

Introduction to Civil Engineering Systems
Author: Samuel Labi
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 1061
Release: 2014-04-07
ISBN: 0470530634
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Introduction to Civil Engineering Systems Book Excerpt:

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.

The Computer A Very Short Introduction

The Computer  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Darrel Ince
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 153
Release: 2011-11-24
ISBN: 0199586594
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Computer A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

Discusses the basic components of computers; how increasingly miniature parts have led to products, applications, and networks that solve problems; the issues that increased connectivity has produced; and some of the emerging technologies in the field.

Steps toward a Philosophy of Engineering

Steps toward a Philosophy of Engineering
Author: Carl Mitcham
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Total Pages: 466
Release: 2019-12-06
ISBN: 1786611287
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Steps toward a Philosophy of Engineering Book Excerpt:

The rise of classic Euro-American philosophy of technology in the 1950s originally emphasized the importance of technologies as material entities and their mediating influence within human experience. Recent decades, however, have witnessed a subtle shift toward reflection on the activity from which these distinctly modern artifacts emerge and through which they are engaged and managed, that is, on engineering. What is engineering? What is the meaning of engineering? How is engineering related to other aspects of human existence? Such basic questions readily engage all major branches of philosophy --- ontology, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics --- although not always to the same degree. The historico-philosophical and critical reflections collected here record a series of halting steps to think through engineering and the engineered way of life that we all increasingly live in what has been called the Anthropocene. The aim is not to promote an ideology for engineering but to stimulate deeper reflection among engineers and non-engineers alike about some basic challenges of our engineered and engineering lifeworld.

Biometrics A Very Short Introduction

Biometrics  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Michael Fairhurst
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2018-11-15
ISBN: 0192536788
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biometrics A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

We live in a society which is increasingly interconnected, in which communication between individuals is mostly mediated via some electronic platform, and transactions are often carried out remotely. In such a world, traditional notions of trust and confidence in the identity of those with whom we are interacting, taken for granted in the past, can be much less reliable. Biometrics - the scientific discipline of identifying individuals by means of the measurement of unique personal attributes - provides a reliable means of establishing or confirming an individual's identity. These attributes include facial appearance, fingerprints, iris patterning, the voice, the way we write, or even the way we walk. The new technologies of biometrics have a wide range of practical applications, from securing mobile phones and laptops to establishing identity in bank transactions, travel documents, and national identity cards. This Very Short Introduction considers the capabilities of biometrics-based identity checking, from first principles to the practicalities of using different types of identification data. Michael Fairhurst looks at the basic techniques in use today, ongoing developments in system design, and emerging technologies, all aimed at improving precision in identification, and providing solutions to an increasingly wide range of practical problems. Considering how they may continue to develop in the future, Fairhurst explores the benefits and limitations of these pervasive and powerful technologies, and how they can effectively support our increasingly interconnected society. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Management A Very Short Introduction

Management  A Very Short Introduction
Author: John Hendry
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 153
Release: 2013-10-24
ISBN: 0199656983
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Management A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

In this Very Short Introduction, John Hendry provides a lively introduction to the nature and principles of management. Tracing its development over the past century, Hendry looks not only at the jobs managers do today and their place in the culture of work, but also provides an insight into modern management theory.

Skills for engineering and built environment students

Skills for engineering and built environment students
Author: John Davies
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2017-09-16
ISBN: 113740423X
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Skills for engineering and built environment students Book Excerpt:

There are a lot of important skills needed for a career in engineering. As well as academic skills, future engineers need to be able to present data, work in project teams, carry out experiments, problem solve and write reports. This book emphasises the importance of these core skills, and supports engineering students as they successfully navigate their courses and move forward into a career of ongoing development. Written in a friendly and encouraging style, Skills for engineering and built environment students: - Provides guidance on both the study and the professional practice of engineering. - Addresses common worries and pitfalls, debunking myths and demystifying jargon. - Helps with milestones such as group projects, presentations, work placements and job interviews. Supported by interviews with students, lecturers, young engineers and employers, Skills for Engineering and Built Environment Students guides students and early-career professionals through an important transition stage, thoroughly preparing them for the world of work.

Building Bridges Between Theory And Practice

Building Bridges  Between Theory And Practice
Author: David Blockley
Publsiher: World Scientific
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2020-01-13
ISBN: 1786347644
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building Bridges Between Theory And Practice Book Excerpt:

The book is about bridging the huge gaps between what engineers know, what they do and why things go wrong. It puts engineering into a wider perspective so readers can see how it relates to other disciplines — especially science and technology. Many intellectuals have dismissed engineering as 'applied science', but this book shows how wrong it is to do so — engineers apply science, but their purpose is quite different.It takes the reader on a learning journey of reflections on the gaps between theory and practice in professional life — not just in engineering but across all disciplines. The learning is summarized through 20 learning points or lessons, each one placed in context. Some of the important lessons are about learning from failure, joining-up theory and practice, understanding process, classifying uncertainty, managing risks, finding resilience, thinking systems to improve performance and nurturing practical wisdom.

Design

Design
Author: D.J. Huppatz
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-10-17
ISBN: 1350068160
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Design Book Excerpt:

Design is everywhere. It shapes not only our present but also our future. An essential introductory guide, Design: The Key Concepts covers fundamental design concepts: thinking, service, context, interaction, experience, and systems. Each concept is situated within a broad context, enabling the reader to understand design's contemporary practice and its relationship to issues such as new technology, social and economic development, globalization, and sustainability. Concepts are also explained by use of concise, illustrated case studies of contemporary objects, spaces, systems, and methods such as Uber, the iPhone, Kickstarter and IKEA. Chapter summaries and supporting discussion questions make this an engaging and accessible introduction for students and those new to the field. An annotated bibliography provides direction for further reading.

Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma

Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
Author: Fausto Pedro García Márquez,Isaac Segovia,Tamás Bányai,Péter Tamás
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2020-02-14
ISBN: 1789239079
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Book Excerpt:

Lean Manufacturing, also called lean production, was originally created in Toyota after the Second World War, in the reconstruction period. It is based on the idea of eliminating any waste in the industry, i.e. any activity or task that does not add value and requires resources. It is considered in every level of the industry, e.g. design, manufacturing, distribution, and customer service. The main wastes are: over-production against plan; waiting time of operators and machines; unnecessary transportation; waste in the process itself; excess stock of material and components; non value-adding motion; defects in quality. The diversity of these issues will be covered from algorithms, mathematical models, and software engineering by design methodologies and technical or practical solutions. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state, cases studies, hardware and software solutions, analytics, and data science in dependability engineering.

Reliability and Life Cycle Analysis of Deteriorating Systems

Reliability and Life Cycle Analysis of Deteriorating Systems
Author: Mauricio Sánchez-Silva,Georgia-Ann Klutke
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 355
Release: 2015-11-27
ISBN: 3319209469
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reliability and Life Cycle Analysis of Deteriorating Systems Book Excerpt:

This book compiles and critically discusses modern engineering system degradation models and their impact on engineering decisions. In particular, the authors focus on modeling the uncertain nature of degradation considering both conceptual discussions and formal mathematical formulations. It also describes the basics concepts and the various modeling aspects of life-cycle analysis (LCA). It highlights the role of degradation in LCA and defines optimum design and operation parameters. Given the relationship between operational decisions and the performance of the system’s condition over time, maintenance models are also discussed. The concepts and models presented have applications in a large variety of engineering fields such as Civil, Environmental, Industrial, Electrical and Mechanical engineering. However, special emphasis is given to problems related to large infrastructure systems. The book is intended to be used both as a reference resource for researchers and practitioners and as an academic text for courses related to risk and reliability, infrastructure performance modeling and life-cycle assessment.