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The second edition of this handy book presents some 2,500 formulas and calculation guides for civil engineers to help them in the design office, in the field, and on a variety of construction jobs, anywhere in the world. These formulas and guides are also useful to design drafters, structural engineers, bridge engineers, foundation builders, field engineers, professional-engineer license examination candidates, concrete specialists, timber-structure builders, and students in a variety of civil engineering pursuits.
The book presents formulas needed in 13 different specialized branches of civil engineering—beams and girders, columns, piles and piling, concrete structures, timber engineering, surveying, soils and earthwork, building structures, bridges, suspension cables, highways and roads, hydraulics and open channel flow, stormwater, sewage, sanitary wastewater, and environmental protection. Some 500 formulas and guides have been added to this second edition of the book.

Key formulas are presented for each of the major topics listed above. Each formula is explained so the engineer, drafter, or designer knows how, where, and when to use the formula in professional work. Formula units are given in both the United States Customary System (USCS) and System International (SI). Hence, the content of this book is usable throughout the world. To assist the civil engineer using these formulas in worldwide engineering practice, a comprehensive tabulation of conversion factors is presented in Chap. 1. New content is this second edition spans the world of civil engineering.
Specific new topics include columns for supporting commercial wind turbines used in onshore and offshore renewable energy projects, design of axially loaded steel columns, strain energy in structural members, shaft twist formulas, new retaining wall formulas and data, solid-wood rectangular column design, blasting operations for earth and rock removal or relocation, hydraulic turbines for power generation, dams of several types (arch, buttress, earth), comparisons of key hydraulic formulas (Darcy, Manning, Hazen-Williams), and a complete new chapter on stormwater, sewage, sanitary wastewater, and environmental protection. In assembling this collection of formulas, the author was guided by experts who recommended the areas of greatest need for a handy book of practical and applied civil engineering formulas.

Sources for the formulas presented here include the various regulatory and industry groups in the field of civil engineering, authors of recognized books on important topics in the field, drafters, researchers in the field of civil engineering, and a number of design engineers who work daily in the field of civil engineering. These sources are cited in the Acknowledgments. When using any of the formulas in this book that may come from an industry or regulatory code, the user is cautioned to consult the latest version of the code. Formulas may be changed from one edition of code to the next. In a work of this magnitude it is difficult to include the latest formulas from the numerous constantly changing codes. Hence, the formulas given here are those current at the time of publication of this book.
In a work this large it is possible that errors may occur. Hence, the author will be grateful to any user of the book who detects an error and calls it to the author’s attention. Just write the author in care of the publisher. The error will be corrected in the next printing. In addition, if a user believes that one or more important formulas have been left out, the author will be happy to consider them for inclusion in the next edition of the book. Again, just write to him in care of the publisher.