This new edition makes this publication available to the entire construction industry. Field engineers operate in an increasingly technically and legally complex environment. It is hoped that this book will serve as a road map to guide them through this complex journey. While this book is essentially intended for field engineers, it also includes basic design information as needed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my former Wimpey colleagues who helped me get this project off the ground and whose expertise has enhanced the quality of this latest edition. In particular, I would like to thank the publishers, Dr.Keith Whittles and Bill Black (Drivers Jonas), for their helpful comments that added value to this book.
About the Book
The first edition of this book was well received by many in the industry, including construction contractors, and also proved very useful to students and recent graduates. However, the construction industry has moved on, and this second edition will help you keep up with that progress.
Two new chapters dealing with glass and occupational health have been added. The chapter on health and safety has been completely reorganized in light of changes in the law, particularly the Construction [Design & Management] Regulation, which was amended in 2007 to place more responsibility on the client. A chapter on demolition project management has also been added. Other chapters have been reviewed and revised as appropriate.
We would like to thank the previous and new authors, as well as Dr. Keith Whittles and Lindsey Gar on of Whittles Publishing, for their invaluable assistance in the publication of this book. Our industry is at the forefront of redevelopment and boasts spectacular results. However, recent reports that 30% of contracts require repair work before completion suggest that there is room for improvement. We therefore recommend this book to practitioners and others struggling to achieve better standards.