Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 23, 2012

byDavid Muir Wood

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Civil engineering produces the structures of all human settlements worldwide and is a vital discipline for many aspects modern life, underlying housing, transport, and our major areas and buildings related to work, study, and leisure.In this Very Short Introduction, David Muir Wood demonstrates the nature and importance of civil engineering not only in the history of civilization and urbanization, but its range of facets today, and its challenges for the future. Beginning with the challenge of creating a settlement on a desertedisland, which sets out the problems that civil engineers need to solve, he looks at the social and environmental considerations as well as the science, technology, and craft of building bridges, tunnels, houses, and areas of recreation.He highlights the lives of some major civil engineers, including Brunel and Bazalgette, considers the challenges of managing water and energy, and looks at our increasing sensitivity to building and the environment.

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Civil engineering produces the structures of all human settlements worldwide and is a vital discipline for many aspects modern life, underlying housing, transport, and our major areas and buildings related to work, study, and leisure.In this Very Short Introduction, David Muir Wood demonstrates the nature and importance of civil engine...

David Muir Wood is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol and Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Dundee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019957863X

ISBN - 13:9780199578634

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Table of Contents

1. Civil engineering2. Materials of civil engineering3. Water and waste4. 'Directing the great sources of power in nature'5. Concept - technology - realisation6. Robustness7. The futureFurther reading