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Fundamentals of Building Construction – Materials and Methods (6th edition) by Edward Allen & Joseph Iano

A “must-read” for all Firm attorneys working regularly on construction defect cases! This book will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of construction methods, practices, materials and terminology — without which you will not be able to fully comprehend the technical aspects of this area of litigation.

Now in its sixth edition, this bestselling reference focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction. Emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction, the new edition includes new information on building materials properties; the latest on “pre-engineered” building components and sustainability issues; and reflects the latest building codes and standards. It also features an expanded series of case studies along with more axonometric detail drawings and revised photographs for a thoroughly illustrated approach.

1024 pageseBook

Building Construction Illustrated(5th edition) by Francis D. K. Ching

The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with a 3D digital building model for interactive learning

For over three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new edition of the revered classic remains as relevant as ever, providing the latest information in Francis D.K. Ching’s signature style. Its rich and comprehensive approach clearly presents all of the basic concepts underlying building construction.

New to this edition are digital enhancements delivered as an online companion to the print edition and also embedded in e-book editions. Features include a 3D model showing how building components come together in a final project.

  • llustrated throughout with clear and accurate drawings that present the state of the art in construction processes and materials
  • Updated and revised to include the latest knowledge on sustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of new materials
  • Contains archetypal drawings that offer clear inspiration for designers and drafters
  • Reflects the 2012 International Building Codes and 2012 LEED system

This new edition of Building Construction Illustrated remains as relevant as ever, with the most current knowledge presented in a rich and comprehensive manner that does not disappoint.

1024 pageseBook

Fire Investigation

NFPA 921 — Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations (2017)

Added information in the 2017 edition of NFPA 921 helps you work more accurately to investigate fire origin and cause.

If your job involves investigating fires and explosions, then you need the latest NFPA 921: Guide For Fire & Explosion Investigations. Revised and updated for the 2017 edition, this document is the premier source for rendering scientific based opinions on origin and cause investigations along with incident responsibility.

NFPA 921 describes in detail the scientific method to apply in fire and explosion investigations. Public and private professionals have long seen NFPA 921 as a valuable resource in the field and in training. It’s also becoming increasingly relevant in U.S. federal and state courts, where the document is used to evaluate the reliability of fire investigations in both civil and criminal trials.

Recently NFPA 921 became a recommended guide for fire investigation by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) — a collaborative body of more than 600 forensic science practitioners and experts who recommend forensic science consensus standards and guidelines. Complying with NFPA 921 can support a fire investigator’s opinion; not complying can result in serious challenges to your testimony.

NFPA 921 also offers essential guidance on:

  • Using the scientific method in origin and cause investigations
  • Documenting an investigation so that all relevant facts are gathered for future use in court
  • Handling fire-related evidence so that it’s admissible in court
  • Understanding many of the terms related to explosion and fire investigations

Changes in the 2017 edition reflect user needs in a challenging field.

  • Chapter 1 was revised to support Fire Marshal and Fire service organizations in the completion of reports from the National Fire Incident Report System (NFIRS). These reports were being misapplied and compared to Fire Investigation Reports during courtroom testimony. The committee added to scope of NFPA 921 to distinguish an NFIRS Report from a Fire Investigation Report and identified one should not be used in lieu of the other, especially when NFIRS are outside the scope of NFPA 921.
  • Chapter 8, Fire Protection Systems, was renamed Active Fire Protection Systems since passive systems are addressed in Chapter 7, Building Systems. New images and illustrations were added based on NFPA 72®: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code® and the Fire Protection Handbook.
  • Updated Chapter 16, Documentation reflects technology breakthroughs in the areas of digital photography and 3D scanning.
  • Chapter 18, Origin includes the concept of origin matrix addressing the impact of ventilation on origin determination.

Featuring additional new full-color images, especially for Fire Protection Images.

Full-color images, first added to the previous edition and continued for the 2017 edition, communicate and demonstrate key concepts and examples more clearly, so you gain a better understanding of the principles of fire and explosion investigation. Make sure you have the most up-to-date information on investigating fires and explosions in the 2017 edition of NFPA 921.(Softbound, Approx. 394 pp., 2017)

394 pagesPDF

NFPA 1033 — Standards for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator

Quality investigations started with qualified investigators. Follow the 2014 NFPA 1033 for personnel that are up to the task! NFPA 1033: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, 2014 Edition identifies the minimum job performance requirements necessary to serve as a fire investigator in both the private and public sectors. It applies to all fire investigations — including outside, vehicle, and other fires that are not structural. Topics cover the full range of investigation issues encountered on the job including:

  • Scene examination
  • Documenting the scene
  • Evidence collection and preservation
  • Interviewing
  • Post-incident investigation
  • Presentation of findings

Among significant changes to the 2014 edition:

  • Requirement that the investigator shall have and maintain at a minimum an up-to-date basic knowledge of requisite topics beyond the high school level, but not necessarily a post-secondary education level.
  • The list of knowledge criteria has been expanded to include fire protection systems; evidence documentation, collection, and preservation; and electricity and electrical systems.

The actions and conclusions of fire investigators can have serious ramifications from legal and economic standpoints, so it’s essential that they be fully qualified to evaluate the situation and circumstances so they can conduct complete, accurate investigations. Order the 2014 NFPA 1033 to make sure they have the skills they need. (Softbound, 16 pp., 2014)

16 pagesPDF


Metallurgy For Non-Metallurgists (2nd Ed.)  edited by Arthur C. Reardon

A comprehensive introduction to metallurgy, that will allow the new student of metallurgy to quickly develop a comprehensive knowledge of the subject.

The completely revised Second Edition of Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist provides a solid understanding of the basic principles and current practices of metallurgy. This major new edition is for anyone who uses, makes, buys or tests metal products. For both beginners and others seeking a basic refresher, the new Second Edition of the popular Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist gives an all-new modern view on the basic principles and practices of metallurgy. This new edition is extensively updated with broader coverage of topics, new and improved illustrations, and more explanation of basic concepts. Why are cast irons so suitable for casting? Do some nonferrous alloys respond to heat treatment like steels? Why is corrosion so pernicious? These are questions that can be answered in this updated reference with many new illustrations, examples, descriptions of basic metallurgy.

This new edition is a must-have ready reference on metallurgy!

550 pages PDF

Fundamentals of Metallurgy Edited by Seshadri Seetharaman

The first part of the book reviews the effects of processing on the properties of metals with a range of chapters on such phenomena as phase transformations, types of kinetic reaction, transport and interfacial phenomena. Authors discuss how these processes and the resulting properties of metals can be modelled and predicted. Part two discusses the implications of this research for improving steelmaking and steel properties.A compilation of various aspects of metallurgy in different chapters, written by the most eminent scientists in the world today.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Fundamentals of metallurgy is an invaluable reference for steelmakers and manufacturers requiring high-performance steels in such areas as automotive and aerospace engineering. It will also be useful for those dealing with non-ferrous metals and alloys, material designers for functional materials, environmentalists and above all, high technology industries designing processes towards materials with tailored properties.

550 pages PDF

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