Construction Technology: Analysis and Choice

Front Cover
Wiley, Jun 20, 2005 - Architecture - 272 pages
1 Review

This book takes as its theme the process of choice: what the expert has to know and how decisions about the design, production, maintenance and disposal of buildings may be thought through.

It is written with the conviction that by focusing on the process of choice, the range of theory and knowledge that is needed in practice becomes explicit, making the link between knowledge and practice, and between understanding and experience.

Part 1 - Analysis looks at the main ares that have to be considered to check that the proposed construction will perform and can be built. The key question is: What if I do it like this? the answer comes from an understanding of how a building works and how it is built.

Part 2 - Choice puts the analysis into practice, focusing on making a final choice. The context used is the housing need for the UK at the beginning of the 21st century. The chapters identify some alternative forms of house construction and run through the analysis to lead to some commonly adopted details and specifications.

  • Establishes a comprehensive framework introducing all the key factors that determine the success of a construction solution.
  • Explains how environments, structural behavior, production know-how, cost and social concerns - such as sustainability - can be taken into account in the choice of construction.
  • Provides an understanding of the construction details and specification adopted for housing in the UK.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

About the author (2005)

Innes McCartney is an historian and nautical archaeologist, specializing in 20th-century naval vessels. He lectures widely on a number of associated subjects. A passion for shipwrecks has led to some famous discoveries, including the submarine M1 and the battlecruiser "HMS Indefatigable," His previous book, "Lost Patrols" detailed his uncovering the 121 submarines sunk in the English Channel. His own underwater photography illustrates this book. The author lives in Cornwall, UK.
Tony Bryan is a freelance illustrator of many years' experience who lives and works in Dorset. He initially qualified in Engineering and worked for a number of years in Military Research and Development, and has a keen interest in military hardware - armor, small arms, aircraft and ships. Tony has produced many illustrations for partworks, magazines and books, including a number of titles in the New Vanguard series. Tony Bryan lives in Dorset, UK.

Bibliographic information