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Applications of Linear and Nonlinear Models: Fixed Effects, Random Effects, and Total Least Squares (Springer Geophysics)
Applications of Linear and Nonlinear Models: Fixed Effects, Random Effects, and Total Least Squares (Springer Geophysics)
by Erik W. Grafarend
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $227.55
36 used & new from $182.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Need to make presentation more readable, July 8, 2014
This overly-costly book covers important topics in linear and nonlinear models. But the presentation is a disaster. It complicates nearly every section for no good reason, except perhaps to intimidate the reader.


Planning Major Infrastructure: A Critical Analysis
Planning Major Infrastructure: A Critical Analysis
by Tim Marshall
Edition: Paperback
Price: $43.81
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2.0 out of 5 stars Little about infrastructure planning, April 24, 2014
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This book, written by a town planner, has little to do with infrastructure planning despite its title. Half the books consists of case studies of EU countries, which are not particularly useful. The first half discusses infrastructure in general terms, including rail, airports, water, roads, etc. It is rather broad, and each type of infrastructure is discussed briefly. The main weakness is lack of practical utility, with more sociology than technical, economic or financial inputs.


The City
The City
by Deborah Stevenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.46
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rethinking the city, October 23, 2013
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This book uses a thematic approach to conceptualize the city. It starts with concepts and frameworks, which takes a long-winded tour of classical sociological views and ends with Marxist urban sociology of the 1970s and early 1980s. Little is new here, and both old and new urban sociology are out of fashion or ideas. Chapter 2 is about the material city, mostly on spaces of neoliberalism. Again, nothing is new here, as the main theme is increasing economic inequality. There is no discussion on policy. The remaining chapters on city diversity, dark city (e.g. it is unsafe), emotional city, etc are mostly descriptive, with little policy discussion.


Project Management for Facility Constructions: A Guide for Engineers and Architects
Project Management for Facility Constructions: A Guide for Engineers and Architects
by Alberto De Marco
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $87.20
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many typo errors, May 20, 2013
This book is generally concise, but is marred by many typo errors. The other problem is that it does not follow the project cycle. Hence I knock off 2 stars.


Systems Evaluation: Methods, Models, and Applications (Systems Evaluation, Prediction, and Decision-Making)
Systems Evaluation: Methods, Models, and Applications (Systems Evaluation, Prediction, and Decision-Making)
by Sifeng Liu
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $117.97
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs improvement, August 16, 2012
This book has 6 chapters of which the first two introduce the tools and the last 4 are case studies. The presentation is brief, often missing out on important details, such as index construction. The case studies cover different areas, and tend to be also more descriptive than analytical. For instance, fianncing options on the case study of a highway has only 10 lines, whereas such options are considered to be one of the key determinants of project performance. Indeed, there is surprisingly very little reference to risk. This is what happens when mathmaticians and systems people write about areas outside their expertise. Explanations of the key concepts are vague, often muddled by unnecessarily complex mathematics (e.g. unexplained terms and poor choice of subscripts).


Energy Audit of Building Systems: An Engineering Approach, Second Edition (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Series)
Energy Audit of Building Systems: An Engineering Approach, Second Edition (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Series)
by Moncef Krarti
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $118.89
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs improvement, February 19, 2012
This book is typical of engineering texts that require proper editing. The formulas and fonts are not properly done, diagrams are not often helpful, equations and symbols are not properly explained, and there are just too many pointless calculations or descriptive data.


New Perspectives on Construction in Developing Countries (Cib)
New Perspectives on Construction in Developing Countries (Cib)
by George Ofori
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $147.25
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2.0 out of 5 stars Old stuff in new bottle, January 19, 2012
The so-called new perspectives look out of date. I am not sure what really is new here (what we often say in my native Papua), given that the concepts such as informal sector, innovation, industry development, human resource development, and so on are old ones. There is no solid empirical data as well.


Managing Construction Projects
Managing Construction Projects
by Graham Winch
Edition: Paperback
Price: $58.47
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Managing people, information, or project?, August 25, 2010
The book title is a bit of a misnomer; it has little to do with actual managing of construction projects, and more with managing people. It uses a so-called information processing approach (more a social study approach), and yet this is not dealth with adequately, given the current trend towards BIMs. Although my professor does not recommend it, it really depends on what you are looking for.


Construction Business Management: What Every Construction Contractor, Builder & Subcontractor Needs to Know
Construction Business Management: What Every Construction Contractor, Builder & Subcontractor Needs to Know
by Nick Ganaway
Edition: Paperback
Price: $43.84
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A practical guide, September 11, 2008
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This is a basic book, suitable for technical colleges, but not at university level. The author shares with you his experiences on running a small niche construction business, the dos and don'ts, throughout the entire project cycle. What it lacks is depth (so I knocked off one star), because each topic is often dealt with in one or two pages. But it made up by sharing some gems of wisdom. If you are looking for serious stuff, such as detailed cost estimating for bids or variation orders, this book is not for you. But if you are looking for a basic guide, this book is worth a look.


Managing Risks in Design & Construction Projects
Managing Risks in Design & Construction Projects
by Ronald Saporita
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too skimpy, September 5, 2008
This thin book does not do justice to the complexity of construction projects. The serious stuff in design and project management are not discussed, so it is really introductory. Yet, it touches on an important topic. I hope the author will revise it and inject much more needed "meat" into the equation.


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