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Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470290750
ISBN-10: 0470290757
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470290757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470290750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Washburn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida, where he has served on the faculty since August of 1999. Dr. Washburn obtained his BSCE, MSCE, and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. He also has three years of professional consulting experience outside of academia, and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Washington and Florida.

Dr. Washburn's primary research areas are traffic operations and level of service. Other focus areas include software development, development and testing of simulation models, and statistical and numeric methods. He is a member of the Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee for the Transportation Research Board, and is chair of the user liaison subcommittee, past chair of the freeway/multilane highway subcommittee, and is also actively involved with the two-lane highway, simulation, and performance measures subcommittees.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A reader on March 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This textbook is, by far, the best short-form textbook on highway engineering and traffic analysis. There are other long-form books that cover more topics and take more time to cover each topic, but this book is superior for its pedagogical intent: a clear presentation of basic principles and a concise reference book.

The authors of the book, especially Mannering and Washburn, are THE top experts in this area, come from the BEST universities in this area, and are also superior educators. This book is the top choice for classroom instruction and is also a must-have desk reference for practicing transportation engineers.
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I agree with the reviewer who said that he was able to use the book without prior knowledge of physics or highway design. The book is one of the smallest text books i've had and probably the simplest. I honestly don't know much about the scope of highway design, but it is hard to believe that this book encompasses all of it, even on a basic level. Used the book for a class I was required to take. The information is broken down into manageable and separate topics better than in most books (maybe it has to do more with the subject than the book). The examples were clear and easy to follow. To say that I have "learned" something new would be an exaggeration. Do I now understand the "principles of highway engineering and traffic analysis"? Yes. The book is a collection of formulas with clear explanations on how to use them. Some of the information was interesting just as pure facts (for example seeing how lane widths, shoulder widths, % no passing zones, and some other factors impact the speed that people feel "comfortable" traveling at). A capable reader can get through this book, understand everything in its entirety (I mean not there won't be a single thing you're not 100% sure about from cover to cover), and be able to solve any of the questions in it after about 30 hours of pure studying. This is also one of those books that you can open to a random question without reading anything, and be able to solve it in 10-20 minutes max. Honestly this whole semester should have been condensed to about 3-4 weeks in a more encompassing class. I got a 96 and 100 on the two exams (and a 95-100 on the final that I just took) that were based on this book, and Im a B/B- CE student.
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Format: Hardcover
Many cities and counties in the United States and in other countries use this or the international version as a reference text. Professor Mannering is known as one of the most authoritative and knowledgeable individuals in this field.

His manual is referenced from American Government web pages and engineering studies.
The text of this book is both comprehensive and based upon proven engineering principles.
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A great Intro to traffic engineering, pavement design and geometric design. It never substitute a separate textbook on each of the three mentioned fields but is goof for reviewing the most important materials. I bought the book for my PhD Qualifying exam and to review transportation and traffic engineering courses all in one book.
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This book covers the general topic of highway engineering and serves as a good introductory resource for students. We found a substantial offering of formulas and directions on how to use them. Nice to keep as a reference tool.
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By Christian Datuin on March 16, 2013
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I've never seen a book with such complex formulas, but I thank the person who wrote little notes inside of the book. The notes helped me understand what was going on.
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