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ASCE Releases New Book
July 22, 2005

ASCE has just released Hydraulic Structures: Probabilistic Approaches to Maintenance written by Walter O. Wunderlich, P.E. This book is an introduction to the field of probability theory and its applications in engineering. It provides an overview of probabilistic methods at an introductory level including the probability of sets, arithmetic operations with random variables, probabilistic reliability calculations, and risky decision evaluation, as they apply to maintenance of hydraulic structures.

This book conveys the basic knowledge of a collection of probabilistic methods; creating a deep understanding of these materials by leading the reader through numerous derivations of formulas; helping the reader recognize that probabilistic methods are superior to traditional deterministic analysis; and instilling appreciation of these methods by presenting some very powerful probability laws and functions which provide insight into the apparent chaos of the world of random numbers.

This book incorporates probabilistic methods into mainstream engineering, and is a useful tool for hydraulic engineers and those in the hydraulic structures maintenance community.

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