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The New Penguin Dictionary of Civil Engineering [Paperback]

David Blockley
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Book Description

26 May 2005
This is a completely new and fully comprehensive edition aimed at anyone who has contact with the construction industry. Written in a simple, easily accessible fashion the book contains major features on sustainability and the environment, hazard, vulnerability and uncertainty management together with new categories on business and finance, sustainability, water and transport. This edition offers easy and extensive cross referencing and definitions designed to help students to learn and associate ideas making this the perfect guide for anyone interested in any aspect of civil engineering.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140515267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140515268
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Some sample entries:


A machine controlled by or through another machine. A subsidiary device that is controlled by or responds to the primary or master device, e.g. a computer connected to and controlled by a master computer, a flash slave unit in photography that responds to the light output of the first flash.


A device to absorb energy and hence dampen motion, e.g. to cushion shocks or to reduce bridge vibrations. It is often a piston immersed in a cylinder carrying a viscous fluid such as oil. The damping force generated by a dashpot on any attached element is directly proportional to the velocity of that element.


[elec] Also Faraday shield, Faraday screen. A shield, of wire mesh or parallel wires usually connected to another conductor which is grounded, to protect whatever is inside from electric fields generated by static electricity - it collects stray charges and stores them on the outside surface. Used e.g. to protect sensitive radio or communications equipment.

About the Author

Professor David Blockley is the Head of the Civil Engineering Department at Bristol University and a former President of the Institution of Structural Engineers. His awards include the Telford Gold Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Oscar Faber Diploma from the Institution of Structural Engineers and his published titles include "Engineering Safety" and "The Nature of Structural Design and Safety".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on 18 April 2010
By K. Rose
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The dictionary of civil engineering cant really be faulted. It includes everything that the cover would suggest and what could be hoped from the title.

It would be perfect for an engineering student in the first couple of years of study of the subject, but could equally be useful to experienced students and qualified engineers to terms that havent been used for a while or are completely new.

Of course, as in a normal dictionary, fine details arent included but it gives you a very good description of the term and often other terms or information that can be researched from more specialised material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 28 Dec 2012
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I find this book a very useful reference, I am an engineer (Alhamdulillah), I keep it at my desk and reach for it reguarly!

I have found the odd engineering word that is not in the dictionary, but that's not a big deal. I do recommend the book.

Thanks, Imran.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book for refering to 13 Oct 2008
I bought this book last year and have used this for my university coursework and have found it extermely helpful, with explaining technical words and detail. worth buying if you are studing in the built environment because it will you throughout your learning and working life
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