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advanced construction technology fourth edition pdf

Since the previous edition, reprint opportunities have permitted some amendments.
These have included new procedures, relative to legislative and practice changes.
This revised edition develops these further, with greater attention to information
and detail. It also incorporates more recent issues, especially aspects of the Building
Regulations that require buildings to be designed and constructed to higher energyefficient standards.


The responsibilities on building designers and owners with
regard to human rights are considered in a new chapter outlining the facilities
required for the convenience of the less able using buildings other than dwellings.
Notwithstanding contemporary requirements, the book’s established
construction principles are retained. These provide a useful reference to existing
building stock, and, where appropriate, modifications are included to illustrate
ongoing change.



The content represents the basic elements of construction practice. The book
is neither extensive nor prescriptive, as there is insufficient space in any book to
include every possible means for constructing commercial and industrial buildings.
However, the content is generally representative, and the reader is encouraged
to develop their knowledge through experiential learning, observation in the
workplace, and reading manufacturer’s literature and technical articles in
professional journals. Reference sources for supplementary reading are provided



In conjunction with this edition’s companion volume, Construction Technology,
the reader should gain an appreciation of the subject material to support progression
through any technical, academic or professional qualification study programme that
includes construction as core or supplementary modules.


The format adopted follows that of Construction Technology, providing concise
notes and generous illustrations to elaborate on the text content. The reader should
appreciate that the illustrations are used to emphasise a point of theory and must
not be accepted as the only solution. A study of working drawings and details
from building appraisals given in the various construction journals will add to
background knowledge and comprehension of construction technology.


No textbook or work of reference is ever complete. Therefore readers are
recommended to seek out all sources of reference on any particular topic of study,
to maximise information and to gain a thorough comprehension of the subject.


Construction technology is not purely academic; lectures and textbooks can only
provide the necessary theoretical background to the building processes of design
and site application. Practical experience and monitoring of work in progress are
essential components of any study programme involving the subject of construction


This book originated in the 1970s as part of a four-volume series written by Roy
Chudley. As a result of its popularity, numerous reprints and a new edition
followed. In 1998 the series was rewritten by Roger Greeno as two separate
volumes: the initial two volumes formed the basis for the companion title,
Construction Technology, and the remainder, Advanced Construction Technology.


The book’s endurance is a tribute to Roy’s initial work in representing
construction practice with comprehensive illustrative guidance and supporting text.
I am particularly grateful to the founding author for allowing me the opportunity
to continue this work and to emulate his unique presentation. I am also grateful to
the late Colin Bassett as general editor. It was his initiative and enthusiasm that
encouraged me to pursue this work.


No book can succeed without a good publisher, and Pearson Education have
fulfilled that role with their supportive editorial and production team. In particular,
Pauline Gillett has been a constant source of direction and help throughout the
preparation of the manuscript.