Much of the time engineers are focused on doing things just because it is technically feasible, but it is just as important that any proposed project be politically and economically feasible as well. Martland's text provides the nascent engineer a marvelous grounding in how to make sure that all the bases are covered. Michael B. Smith, Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Vol. 51 No.3, Fall 2012, p. 127
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Intended Audience and Possible Subjects
This is not another textbook on engineering economics attempting to compete directly with those already on the market. Instead, this text offers a much broader approach to project evaluation, an approach that should prepare students for careers devoted to creating more sustainable infrastructure systems. Engineers and planners need to be able to communicate with all the people involved in a project, and they must have some feeling for the financial, economic, environmental and social aspects of a project as well as purely technical matters. This textbook therefore should be of interest to multiple audiences:
- Undergraduates in civil & environmental engineering: the text could be used for a new class on Sustainable Infrastructure or Project Evaluation or it could be used as an alternative or supplemental text for a traditional class on Engineering Economy or Engineering Practice
- First-year graduate students taking a class related to Large Projects or Sustainability as part of a program in civil & environmental engineering, urban studies and planning, engineering systems, or management: these students will not have the time or the need to take a traditional class on engineering economy, and they will appreciate the focus on projects and programs and the more complete treatment of non-financial matters. They may also appreciate the introduction to project management.
- Continuing education and independent education: students and professionals could use the text to obtain a better understanding of project evaluation via independent reading, on-line teaching, or access to MIT's Open Courseware.
- Professionals involved in project evaluation or infrastructure management: professionals may find the text a concise reference covering many facets of project evaluation. Experienced planners and engineers may recommend the text to less experienced members of their staff.