Chapter 1. Quality Management (David Doran).
Chapter 2. Working with the Weather (John Fullwood).
Chapter 3. Construction Plant (David Doran)
Chapter 4. Setting Out (Martin Sheward).
Chapter 5. Flexible Roads and other Paved Areas (Robert Langridge).
Chapter 6. Drains, Sewers and Services (Les Richardson).
Chapter 7. Earthworks and Excavation (Michael Tomlinson).
Chapter 8. Foundations (Michael Tomlinson).
Chapter 9. Mastic Asphalt (Robert Langridge).
Chapter 10. Masonry (Brian Barnes).
Chapter 11. Formwork, Scaffolding, Falsework and FaÃ§ade Retention (Peter Pallett).
Chapter 12. Reinforcement (Chris Shaw and Neil Henderson).
Chapter 13. Concrete (Neil Henderson).
Chapter 14. Structural Steelwork (Tony Oakhill).
PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION
The first edition of this book was well received by many within the industry, including contractors and also proved very useful to students and newly-qualified graduates. However the construction industry has moved on and this second edition will help to keep pace with that advance. Two new chapters dealing with the topics of glass and occupational health have been added. The health and safety chapter has been completely recast to recogn- ise changes in legislation; in particular the updated Construction [Design & Management] Regulation Rev 2007 which now places more responsibility with the client. In addition a section has been added covering the management of demolition projects.
All other chapters have been reviewed and revised to differing extents, as appropriate. I am grateful to former and new authors for their work and also to Dr Keith Whittles and Linsey Gullon at Whittles Publishing for their encouragement in bringing this book to press. Our industry is at the forefront of redevelopment and can boast of some spectacular achievements. However a recent report that 30% of contracts require remedial wok before contract completion suggests there is room for improvement. I therefore commend this book to practitioners and others as an aid in their struggle to achieve better standards.
David Doran and I were longstanding colleagues, enjoying extensive and successful careers within the International Construction Company, George Wimpey plc. I was, therefore, familiar with the early prototype of the Site Engineers Manual introduced into GW plc and witnessed the positive reaction from engineers at all levels within the company to what became an essential aide-memoire and reference book for a typical site engineer. Therefore, when David asked me if I would write the Foreword for his updated and modern version, I readily agreed. The role and responsibilities of the site engineer are, as in all professions, ever changing: today’s engineer needs to be IT literate, to understand the interdependency of other professions within the built environment, and to keep his or her competencies up to date and relevant.
The concept of lifelong learning is real and I believe essential to today’s successful engineer. The production of this manual draws on the essential procedures and advice necessary for the successful execution of projects, both large and small, and is wide ranging in its reference. Its contributors are expert in their respective fi elds, their knowledge honed by both academic and practical experience, is written in plain English and is pragmatic in its advice. As a clear book of reference, an aide-memoire to necessary procedure, it is, in my opinion, a must have for every engineer’s desk or pocket and I am delighted to commend it to you.
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