Port designer's handbook, 2d ed.
With some 45 years of experience under his belt, Norway-based Thoresen has been involved in some 800 projects. This book offers engineers the benefits of his knowledge of planning, environmental forces, channels and harbor basins, berthing requirements, impact from ships, design and safety considerations, types of berth structures, various aspects of building with concrete, port maintenance, and ship dimensions. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Stiff sedimentary clays; genesis and engineering behaviour; proceedings.
Science and applications concerning stiff sedimentary clays in civil engineering and geotechnical engineering have seen great strides in the last decade, as reflected in the contributions to this major volume of articles, some of which derive from the 14th Géotechnique Symposium in Print (of 2007), and others from earlier symposia. Of the 17 papers, about half are devoted to analyses of London Clay, with discussion of the variation of the clay as a structure, its strength, stratigraphic variations with regard to liquid limit, stress-strain behavior, slope behavior, and issues pertinent to its possible use as nuclear waste repository. Among the other paper topics are the characteristics of Boom Clay and sub-Apennine Blue Clays, reports of laboratory experiments and modeling, and specific engineering projects, including two studies from the Terminal 5 site at Heathrow Airport. Each paper includes an abstract in English and French, a list of keywords, and a bibliography. Not indexed, the volume is oversized, at 8.5x12 inches. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Water distribution systems.
Contributors from academia and from companies that took over Britain's public water system when it was privatized, present a textbook for water and environmental engineering courses at the final-year undergraduate and master-of-science level. They focus on water distribution, where engineers have been able to optimize solutions and clarify levels of understanding that were murky to previous generations of practitioners, and where profit demands and environmental concerns have outpaced earlier textbooks. The topics include the historical development of water distribution practice, water supply systems, network modeling, asset planning and management, finance and project appraisal, and sustainability and climate change. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)