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Applications of Metaheuristic Optimization Algorithms in Civil Engineering

The book presents recently developed efficient metaheuristic optimization algorithms and their applications for solving various optimization problems in civil engineering. The concepts can also be used for optimizing problems in mechanical and electrical engineering. 

A practical guide to adopting BIM in construction projects

A unique view of the key issues for adopting building information modeling (BIM) in construction projects. It provides an overview of the core ideas and issues distilled from various guidance documents and focuses primarily on the more complex and important topics of processes, standards and protocols that need to be in place for the successful adoption of BIM. In so doing, it provides guidance to enable the engineer or student to fully understand the implications of the process and to facilitate the application of the principles and techniques in real scenarios.The author presents a balanced approach combining sufficient background theory and practical ideas to ensure the book is applicable and relevant to practicing engineers and students alike. Similarly although much of the topic emanates from the UK, it is equally applicable in any country where best practice is desired.

Deformation Compatibility Control for Engineering Structures : Methods and Applications

This book presents essential methods of deformation compatibility control, and explicitly addresses the implied conditions on the methods’ deformation compatibility. Consequently, these conditions can be considered in engineering structure design, while the conditions on stable equilibrium can be taken into account in the design method. Thus, the designed deformation and the actual deformation of the respective structure are approximately identical, guaranteeing both the flexibility of the construction material in force transmission and the equilibrium of force in the structure.

Simply Stairs: The Definitive Handbook for Stair Builders

Simply Stairs is a ‘how to’ book which guides the reader through all aspects of the design and construction of a wide range of timber staircases, step-by-step. It provides anyone with a basic knowledge of woodwork with the know-how and confidence to build this most important of building elements – from start to finish! The author’s philosophy of methodical working, checking and double-checking, avoiding pitfalls and mistakes, and reaping the rewards of producing strong, well-designed staircases which fit beautifully in their intended locations will be appealing to all readers. This is recounted in a relaxed and informal writing style which maintains the reader’s interest. The book will be a valuable guide for students of carpentry and joinery, apprentices, lecturers and trades people and professionals as well as those involved with DIY and self-build projects

Herb Gardening: How to Prepare the Soil, Choose Your Plants, and Care For, Harvest, and Use Your Herbs

A comprehensive guide to starting an herb garden, written for beginners

Advanced chain maille jewelry workshop : weaving with rings & scales

Chain maille patterns and weaves that take jewelry design into new frontiers!

Romanian Fighter Colours, 1941-1945 (Mushroom White Rainbow Series 9111)

This book describes and illustrates all the fighter aircraft used by the Romanian armed forces during WW2. Covering both the indigenous designs employed early on through to the German fighters flown for much of the period, the camouflage and markings of these aircraft are described and illustrated in great detail.Fully illustrated with many rare wartime photos, and scale plans of the major types. Full color profiles of many representative aircraft.

Gem. The Definitive Visual Guide

A dazzling visual guide to precious and semiprecious stones, organic gems, and precious metals that showcases beautiful, specially commissioned images as well as science, natural history, mythology, and true stories of adventure and discovery.

The Cat Encyclopedia. The Definitive Visual Guide

Offering everything you need to know about cats in one easy-reference volume, The Cat Encyclopedia features stunning photographs of cat breeds from around the world combined with expert advice on kitten and cat care, and a celebration of cats in art and culture.

 

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