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May 25, 2006
For nearly two decades, design-build (DB) contracting has become increasingly the method of choice in public and private construction projects. Many designers and builders are now drawn to design-build projects and must alter their business practices to accommodate the changed relationships within DB contracts.
Preparing for Design-Build Projects: A Primer for Owners, Engineers, and Contractors is a professional reference that covers the basics of developing a design-build project. The authors, Douglas D. Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E., James E. Koch, Ph.D., P.E. & Keith R. Molenaar, Ph.D. focus on learning modules that break down the decision-making process and reassemble it as a straightforward method for DB projects from the owner’s standpoint.
This book acts as a timely guide on developing DB requests for qualification and requests for proposals. It also assists the reader in interpreting these documents in order to prepare a responsive DB proposal or to evaluate a series of proposals and make a source selection decision.
In another book, author Craig T. Christy, P.E. first introduces basic spreadsheet techniques and more advanced applications that may be unfamiliar to even experienced spreadsheet users. He then applies Excel spreadsheets in preparing engineering calculations for an exhaust stack and an elevated storage tank.
Today, the spreadsheet is an essential tool for engineers. More than 20 years ago, Craig Christy started using a spreadsheet as a way of keeping notes. His practice has evolved into Engineering with the Spreadsheet: Structural Engineering Templates Using Excel, a valuable manual for engineers working with Excel.
This book and CD-ROM present more than 50 actual templates in Microsoft Excel that demonstrate the techniques and specific applications for concrete, wind and seismic issues, foundation soil loading, the vortex shedding of tall stacks, and other engineering issues. Beneficial to professional engineers and college students alike, Engineering with the Spreadsheet is a comprehensive manual that structural engineers will use on their next projects.
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