APWA Book Review

Introduction to Engineering Construction Inspection
408 pp * 2004 * John Wiley & Sons, Inc. * Edward R. Fisk and Randy R. Rapp

There has been no focused guidebook for the ongoing and continual inspection of civil engineering projects to ensure these projects meet the expectations of everyone involved—until now!

The idea for this book grew from Ed Fisk's observations as he served in various professional engineering capacities during many construction projects in recent decades. The need for better-informed construction inspectors—the onsite "eyes and ears" of the designers of record—was sometimes obvious in substandard construction quality. In many cases, better inspection would have cost little or nothing to obtain, and it would have saved the parties involved a good deal of money and frustration.

Introduction to Engineering Construction Inspection offers expert tools and advice on construction inspection for buildings and civil engineering projects, including construction of roads, highways, pipelines, reservoirs, water and wastewater projects, hydroelectric, and other large engineered projects.

The technical subjects discussed in this book are those that the authors believe merit the most attention and will be of greatest interest to most practicing or prospective inspectors of engineered construction. Technical understanding is obviously essential for a good construction inspector, but just as important to the project's success is the inspector's awareness of his or her authority and responsibility and of the processes that permit their smooth and effective exercise. Chapter 2 focuses on responsibility and authority, which are often poorly delineated, either by a construction inspector's employer or by educational or training programs of instruction. Could that be because few professionals really know what is appropriate or are afraid to tackle such a risky subject?

The chapters in this book cover:

  • The Construction Team
  • Responsibility and Authority
  • Safety on the Job
  • Documentation: Records and Reports
  • Measurement and Payment
  • Paving and Surfacing
  • Earthworks Inspection
  • Underground Pipelines
  • Inspection of Pipe Foundations
  • Portland Cement Concrete Construction
  • Waterstop Joints in Hydraulic Structures
  • Steel Connections and Fasteners
  • Protective Coating
  • Project Closeout

This book, therefore, stresses the administrative side of inspection, as well as presenting technical principles and activities.

More than 150 informative illustrations supplement expert coverage of the activities and processes involved in observing and documenting a project through the construction phase—from initial site work and geotechnical work to major engineered structural systems in concrete and steel, and project acceptance by the owner. Introduction to Engineering Construction Inspection is an essential, long-awaited guide for students in construction, civil, and architectural engineering; contractors and engineers in professional certification programs; and civil engineers, architects, general contractors, attorneys specializing in construction law, and insurers and underwriters in the construction industry.

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