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The only series of step-by-step guides to succeeding in the skilled trades and achieving the American dream. At Your Best as a Mason is your playbook for learning if a career as a mason is right for you, progressing from pre-apprentice to journeyman to master mason, and launching your own small business. Learn: What does a career as a mason look like? Why should you consider becoming a mason? How do you become a successful craftsman as a mason? How much can you make as a mason? What are your career options once you become a mason? How long does it take to be successful at each stage in a mason's career? How and where do you find work as a mason? What does it take to strike out on your own? What does it take to launch and build a successful small business? At Your Best is the only step-by-step handbook to finding if a career in the trades is right for you, educating yourself and earning the proper certifications, establishing yourself as an excellent apprentice and journeyman in the industry, and moving on to start your own small business in the trades. At each step of the way, your At Your Best playbook provides the information, recommendations, outside resources, and concrete actions needed for taking the next successful step in You, Inc. Whether you are beginning your first career, changing careers, or ready to move up and start your own business as a carpenter, plumber, HVAC/R tech, or other tradesman, this is the book that will tell you how. There are currently over 6.5 million unfilled jobs in the skilled trades in the US. Despite being well-paying and secure, these jobs remain open because enough qualified candidates with the skills, attitude, and experience required do not exist. Moreover, plenty of opportunity exists for established tradespeople to start their own business, but they have no guidance. The At Your Best Playbooks series changes that.
This textbook presents a series of concise, simply written and well illustrated technical information sheets, providing essential job knowledge and understanding for the painter and decorator. It gives thorough coverage of materials and equipment ? both decorative and industrial ? currently in use, and gives useful guidance on specification. Throughout, considerable emphasis is placed on safety precautions. The sixth edition has been extensively revised to include new developments in tools, equipment and materials, particularly with regard to spray painting technology and the move to low VOC paints. The chapters on scaffolding and health and safety have also been thoroughly updated to ensure they reflect current regulations and best practice. The content covers the knowledge evidence for both National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in painting and decorating. The book?s extensive but concise information will also make it an excellent reference for practising painters and decorators. * provides essential job knowledge for NVQ Levels 2 and 3 students of painting and decorating * full colour edition of this highly successful text, first published in 1975 * thoroughly revised to cover new developments in tools, equipment, materials, scaffolding, and health and safety * completely new colour illustrations with information presented in simple, structured information sheets * also of interest to the professional needing specialist up-to-date information
The ancient method of cob building uses a simple mixture of clay sub-soil, aggregate, straw and water to create solid structural walls built without shuttering or forms, onto a stone plinth. It is now undergoing a renaissance as an 'eco-friendly' building material because of its amazing 'green' credentials. 'Building with Cob' shows how to apply this ancient technique in a wide variety of contemporary situations, covering everything from design and siting, mixing, building walls, fireplaces, ovens and floors, lime and other natural finishes, and gaining planning permission and building regulation approval. It also explains in detail how to sensitively restore an old cob structure. This book is a step-by-step guide, lavishly illustrated with over 300 colour photos and 85 diagrams.
Very few books explore the problems which are particular to the relationship between Specialist Contractors and the Main Contractor, or Clients with whom they are in contract. Fewer still provide solutions in such a down to earth no-nonsense way as The Streetwise Subbie does. The Streetwise Subbie is a highly regarded practical guide to contractual matters. Its original author Jack Russell was well known for his 'contractual terrier' column in Electrical Times. Now, Barry Ashmore has updated and revised this work by drawing on his 46 years of construction experience and professional expertise gained at the sharp end resolving disputes and solving contractual problems for Specialist Contractors. Thousands of subbies have already benefited from the insights and the streetwise approach to avoiding or resolving contractual problems, and the clarity of thought and advice the book provides. The fourth edition features all the old favourites such as payment, delay and disruption, extension of time and the all-important checklists and site records. But it has now been brought bang up to date to reflect the importance of the 2011 revisions to the Construction Act and the emergence of adjudication as the pre-eminent means of dispute resolution. It is an easy to read, practical, and essential guide, aimed at Specialist Contractors of all sizes and specialisations, be they sole traders, company directors, or any member of the subbie's team that has to handle the commercial and contractual aspects of the projects they undertake. It's the kind of book that you keep handy, because it has so many answers that you can refer to it over and over again.
One of the best ways to get power to remote, off-grid locations, whether in developed or developing countries, is through the use of solar electric systems. This practical guide describes how to plan, design and install solar electric systems in a manner that is hands-on, graphic and technically complete. Highly illustrated chapters cover:
This is the must-have guide for electric technicians and designers, development workers, and anyone who wants to install their own off-grid system.
This book presents the proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Product Management (EPPM 2017), highlighting the importance of engineering, project and product management in a region of the world that is in need of transformation and rebuilding. The aim of the conference was to bring together the greatest minds in engineering and management and offer them a platform to share their innovative, and potentially transformational, findings. The proceedings are comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and advanced in their approach with an appeal not only for academicians and university students but also for professionals in various engineering fields, especially construction, manufacturing and production.
Written for students taking woodwork courses in technical colleges, this book aims to meet the needs of a range of syllabuses, placing emphasis on practical procedures and safety in the workshop. It provides examples of completed projects and suggestions for further practice.
This book describes principles, quantitative methods and techniques for financing, planning, and managing projects to develop a variety of constructed facilities in the fields of oil & gas, power, infrastructure, architecture and the commercial building industries. It is addressed to a broad range of professionals willing to improve their project management skills and designed to help newcomers to the engineering and construction industry understand how to apply project management to field practice. Also, it makes project management disciplines accessible to experts in technical areas of engineering and construction. In education, this text is suitable for undergraduate and graduate classes in architecture, engineering and construction management, as well as for specialist and professional courses in project management.
John Gardners work has engaged and inspired more individuals connected with traditional small craft than will ever be counted.--WoodenBoat magazine
Deserves an honored place on the library shelf.--National Fisherman
Poses clear and impassioned means to go from the armchair to the open water via your own boat shop.--Sea History
This big, handsome legacy volume contains all the plans, measurements, and directions needed to build any of 47 beautiful small boats for oar, sail, or motor.
In The Professional, one of the biggest-selling business books ever to come out of India, Subroto Bagchi asked the key question: What does it mean to be a professional? He outlined a few characteristics that mark a thorough professional, and showed how one can behave professionally or otherwise in diverse situations, in and out of the workplace. Inspired by the lessons learnt from that game-changing book, many an aspiring professional has been wanting to test his/her mettle using Bagchis tools. The Professional Companion fulfills exactly that need. In this do-it-yourself workbook that is meant as a companion volume to The Professional, Bagchi takes you through simple exercises that allow you to understand how professional your approach is in a given context, and helps you develop a wider skill set and a more committed outlook. Full of real-life challenges and insightful information, The Professional Companion is your very own personalized guide to excelling in todays world.
llustrated guide to timber connections - brings together architectural and structural considerations - researched and written by TRADA Technology, the experts in timber construction. Ever since man conceived structures bigger than a tree, connecting together pieces of timber has challenged the ingenuity of designers. It is a lightweight fibrous material whose strength to weight ratio compares favourably with concrete and steel. Nevertheless, savvy designers who appreciate timber's many aesthetic advantages also understand the structural limitations that its organic nature impose. And that is the essence of timber connection design. This concise illustrated guide to timber connections aims to help architects and engineers answer four questions:
The interior trim of a house is both a way to dress up the rooms and to suggest period styles. This is a complete do-it-yourself guide to trim carpentry and built-in furniture. Professional carpenter Clayton DeKorne explains how to achieve great results even in challenging situations through step-by-step instruction and advice gleaned from years of practical experience. * Build Like A Pro series provides expert advice from start to finish. Trim is a project often undertaken by do-it-yourselfers but it is challenging because it requires precision. Here, insider tips explain how to design and install a variety of trim projects and built-ins. * This book demystifies a carpentry skill that requires precision: the art of getting tight joints, working with out-of-square walls, floors and ceilings, and still get professional results. * Covers all the usual trim projects step-by-step: window and door casings, baseboards, crownmoulding, wainscots, built-in bookcases and cabinets.
This book introduces the research background and significance of carbon emissions in the tunnel industry and systematically reviewed the research progresses of carbon emission researches for tunnels, LCA (life cycle assessment) research framework, and uncertainty research progress. The authors propose a novel modular carbon emission calculation method for highway tunnel construction and expounds on the modular LCA system boundary theory of tunnel construction. This method does not require abundant knowledge of LCA modeling, which is convenient for general engineering and technical personnel to calculate the carbon emission level of tunnel construction. The calculation formulas for input and carbon emissions of each module are provided. It also analyzes the parameter uncertainty, model uncertainty, and scenario uncertainty of the carbon emissions from tunnel construction by the Monte Carlo method. Further, this book proposes the fitting model of carbon emissions of unit engineering quantity in tunnel construction, which benefits to simplify the calculation of carbon emissions.This book is mainly aimed at engineering and technical personnel in the construction industry, especially tunnel and underground engineering, including tunnel design engineers; tunnel construction engineers, experts, and scholars; tunnel owners; management departments.
As an expansion of the book "Construction Dispute Research" published in 2014, this book presents further contributions and breaks into three new research foci in construction dispute studies. Part A discusses the conceptualization and minimization of biases in construction dispute decisions; Part B examines other impediments against settlement such as inequity, power asymmetry and loss aversion. Part C focuses on realty check of construction dispute negotiation conditions such as market competition, interdependence of contracting parties and dispute avoidance function of construction incentivization. This book showcases new ideas in construction dispute research. It offers research studies that are theory rich and conducted with robust methodologies. The research implications are practical and implementable.
This book is focused on the challenges of digital transition in building construction, and potential solutions through the use of multi-criteria analysis. It provides clear explanations of proposed approaches from both a theoretical and practical point of view, including augmented reality and user-reporting. New Approaches for Multi-Criteria Analysis in Constructions begins by explaining classic multi-criteria analysis methods, such as Analytic Hierarchy Processes and the Simos-Roy-Figueira method, before moving on to discuss Augmented Reality - Decision Making. This new approach provides a tool to investigate user's perceptions, and utilises an interactive experience of the real-world environment combined with classic methods to provide a large amount of visual information. Finally, a detailed guide to user-reporting is presented. Offering new possibilities for applying multi-criteria analysis in a simpler, faster and more accessible way, this book supports analysis which considers users experience and perception. Architects, engineers, researchers and practitioners will be able to utilise augmented reality environments, multi-criteria analysis and user reporting for the building design choices, supply selection, maintenance strategies, risk and complex performance assessment.
This book examines the burgeoning revolution in the construction industry known as Construction 4.0, the attendant need for re-skilling human resources, and key stakeholders' roles in developing the required skills for Construction 4.0. It views the lack of 21st-century skills and skills gap in the industry as significant challenges limiting the uptake and implementation of Construction 4.0 technologies, especially in developing countries. In order to determine the skills required, this book examines the critical technologies of Construction 4.0, such as building information modelling (BIM), robotic construction, 3D printing and drones, which have transformed the construction industry, thereby creating digital, intelligent and sustainable construction solutions. Furthermore, the book considers the benefits, risks and relevant skills required to implement Construction 4.0 technologies.
This book explains how to combine and exploit sensor networks and internet-of-things (IoT) technologies and Web-service design patterns to enrich and integrate Building Information Models (BIMs). It provides approaches and software architectures for facilitating the interaction with (and between) BIMs through Web services, and for enabling and facilitating the fusion of the information residing in such models or of information acquired from IoT technologies. The proposed software architectures are presented in the form of design patterns. This information fusion will facilitate many novel application fields ranging from emergency response, to urban monitoring and surveillance, and to smart buildings. The book consists of 8 chapters. The first 2 chapters focus on the basics of BIMs, while chapter 3 presents fundamental service-oriented architecture patterns for complex information models. Subsequently, chapters 4 and 5 elaborate on the hardware and software side of IoT, with a special focus on their use for BIMs. Chapter 6 provides advanced SOA patterns for BIMs, while chapter 7 details patterns for IoT, and for BIM and IoT information fusion. Lastly, chapter 8 summarizes the work and provides an outlook on promising future developments. Overall, the book will be beneficial for researchers and developers in the fields of building information models, IoT applications, and systems integration.
This book gathers peer-reviewed contributions presented at the 3rd National Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management (SECON'19), held in Angamaly, Kerala, India, on 15-16 May 2019. The meeting served as a fertile platform for discussion, sharing sound knowledge and introducing novel ideas on issues related to sustainable construction and design for the future. The respective contributions address various aspects of numerical modeling and simulation in structural engineering, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, advanced analysis and design of foundations, BIM, building energy management, and technical project management. Accordingly, the book offers a valuable, up-to-date tool and essential overview of the subject for scientists and practitioners alike, and will inspire further investigations and research.
This book gathers the latest advances, innovations, and applications in the field of environmental and construction engineering, as presented by international researchers and engineers at the 2nd International Conference on Efficient Production and Processing, held on February 25-26, 2021. It covers highly diverse topics, including use of secondary raw materials in construction technologies; urban waste management logistics; use of recycled materials in road construction; safety and security in waste handling; food science and agriculture; waste and water treatment; and environmental economics. The contributions, which were selected by means of a rigorous international peer-review process, highlight numerous exciting ideas that will spur novel research directions and foster multidisciplinary collaborations.
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