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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for anyone who is interested in construction and engineering., 6 July 2011
This review is from: Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 (Civil Engineering Special Issue) (Paperback)
Covers all areas of Heathrow T5 from planning, procurement and programming, health and safety, environment and sustainability, rivers diversion, groundworks, pavements, superstructure works, rail infrastructure works, satelite buildings and the energy centre works.

Really very interesting and informative and gives novel ideas for solutions to problems that are common among many areas of construction and engineering.

This is a journal about the creation of T5 - a major project (£4.4 billion which at the time of going ahead with T5 was two thirds of BAA's worth) executed to a standard most clients dream of achieving, not a book about opening day hiccups (which are common with all new airports).

If you buy this you will have an excellent insight into the UK's largest terminal and can pass on a little of this insight to those all around. Heathrow T5 would be hugley more appreciated if more people read this.

Worried about complex termniology?

Don't be. I'm a student surveyor and not an engineer and the most technical jargon I came accross was about rail signalling (one or two pragraphs max.). This jargon was non-essential to the understanding of the topic overall (and for those of us with an itch in the mind to find out what the jargon means, the internet is never far from us).

What If you're working in the construction or engineering industry? (or wish to enter the industry)

Buy it, read it, mull the material over in the mind and snap up a conversation with a colleague or more. To the rookies of us in the industry, further reading of material in the form of industry magazines and books is a good sign to employers, better still, reading of papers analysing a project is even better. For the veterans in the industry, a good read I promise and if not, then an inner smile at the satisfaction of knowing the material covered inside out and more.

Does the page thickness justify the cost? (for the cautious buyers of us out there, and the bargain hunters too)

It's a thin journal, but the print is smallish and fits a lot of writing on each page. The quality of the papers written are from the individuals involved with the project at a hands on level (what I mean is that the journal is not written by a third party editor or writer but by the engineers and construction professionals themselves).

So the quality of information does justify the cost.

What if I get confused?

Well, the internet is one source (although not really needed if you're in the target audience of this product). There are also lots of graphics and photos showing drawings and pictures of works at different stages. Well the saying goes 'all text and no pictures makes so and so a little lost at times' so a few pleasing pictures are more than welcome.

Why does this review not explain the material covered in detail?

I'm sorry chaps and chapesses, Besides the fact my writing skills would not make the material clear to understand to the reader (unless direct extracts are made and risk the copyright lawyers), explaining the material in detail would ruin the idea of buying the product.

I hope I have given the credit that is due towards this product. And I hope I have answered any queries you as a purchaser might have. And if not, buy the product and write a better review.
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