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Toward More Sustainable Infrastructure: Project Evaluation for Planners and Engineers Hardcover – February 22, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470448762 ISBN-10: 0470448768 Edition: 1st

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Editorial Reviews


The sometimes informal style - which greatly enhances readability - may present a challenge to professors and professionals who are accustomed to dull lifeless tomes that they never actually read.  William Robert, Spy Pond Partners, Cambridge, MA

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

From the Author

This textbook is based upon "Project Evaluation", a subject that I designed and then taught for ten years as one of the required subjects in the civil engineering undergraduate curriculum at M.I.T.   Like the class, this text is structured not only for civil engineering undergraduates, but also for students in other departments, including economics, urban studies and planning, and management as well as the other engineering disciplines.      

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.
The over-riding goal of this textbook is to provide students with tools and concepts that they can use throughout their careers in understanding the need for projects, the options that are available, and what must be done to help society move toward more sustainable infrastructure systems.  With sustainability becoming more critical, it is essential that students broaden their perspectives and learn how to apply their skills within the context of very complex - and very interesting - projects and programs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470448768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470448762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carl D. Martland graduated from MIT with a BS in Mathematics in 1968, an MS in Civil Engineering and the Civil Engineer degree in 1972. In July 2007, he retired from his position as Senior Research Associate in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he had been actively engaged in transportation research and teaching since 1971. A specialist in rail transportation, Mr. Martland has supervised research on track maintenance planning, life cycle costing, service design, costing and control, equipment utilization, preventive maintenance, terminal operations, intermodal transportation, productivity, and technology assessment. He has taught undergraduate and graduate subjects at MIT, including Freight Transportation Management, Project Evaluation, Engineering System Design, and Transportation Demand & Economics. As a consultant, Mr. Martland has worked on various aspects of rail performance with all of the major railroads of the United States and Canada, the Association of American Railroads, the Federal Railroad Administration, railways and railway agencies around the world, and public agencies in Boston, Chicago, and elsewhere. Mr. Martland is a past president of the Transportation Research Forum, and he has served on committees of AREMA and the Transportation Research Board. He has written extensively on freight transportation, publishing more than 120 papers and research reports. His papers have earned many awards, and, in 1997, the Transportation Research Forum selected Mr. Martland as the recipient of the Distinguished Transportation Researcher Award for his lifetime contributions to rail systems research. His textbook Toward More Sustainable Infrastructure: Project Evaluation for Planners and Engineers was published in March 2011.

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By Tamrat on April 29, 2012
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I have enjoyed this book. Its contains civil engineering project evaluation and management in simple and clear way of writing. It a gift from Carl to this generation and to come
The case study provided more clarity toward principle for mega project evaluation. I recommend this book to young engineers.

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