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Collections of Civil Engineering Books by subject, including Tall Buildings, House Construction, Civil Engineering, Construction Industry, Structural Engineering. Plus Recommended Books & Vintage Books. PDF Civil Engineering books to download free.

Collections of Civil Engineering Books PDF

Civil Engineering Books – Collection

About 210 civil engineering books free pdf. There are books about construction of dams, drainage systems, hazardous wastes, famous engineering projects, the Panama Canal, construction materials, the Transcontinental Railroad, and other topics.
Some books: Elements of Materials Science, Famous Engineering Landmarks of the World, Earthquake Engineering for Concrete Dams, Construction Materials: their nature and behavior, Infrastructure: maintenance and repair of public works, Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century, Excellence in City Design.

Building Design and Construction – Collection

About 120 building design and construction books free. Some of the topics here are construction methods and materials, understanding construction drawings and blueprints, managing construction projections, home-building, or residential construction, carpentry, estimating, and careers in the building trades.
Some books: Construction Contracts, Steel Construction, Scheduling Construction Projects, Structural Details for Wood Construction, Illustrated Dictionary for Building Construction, Encyclopedia of Construction Methods and Materials, Architectural Drafting and Construction, Understanding Construction Drawings, free home building books.

House Construction – Collection

About 400 house construction books free pdf from the Internet Archive. Some books: How to Contract the Building of Your New Home, Home Construction and Estimating, Tips & Techniques for Builders, Do-It-Yourself Contracting to Build Your Own Home, So You Want to Build a House, The Owner-builder Book, Guide to Residential Carpentry, Practical Housebuilding for Practically Everyone, Working with the Professionals to Create the Home You Want, Understanding House Construction, Carpentry: some tricks of the trade, Residential Construction Handbook, Dwelling House Construction, free home building books, online home building books.

Tall Buildings Books – Collection

About 85 books on tall buildings. Some titles: How to Build a Skyscraper, Performative Skyscraper, Best Tall Buildings: a Global Overview of 2014 Skyscrapers, Transition in Architecture: from BP House to the Domain, The Future of the City: Tall Buildings and Urban Design, The Tall Buildings Reference Book, Construction Technology for Tall Buildings.

Construction Industry – Collection

About 480 free Construction Industry books pdf. Titles include: Contractual Procedures in the Construction Industry, Maths & English for Construction Multi-Skills, Green General Contractor, Guidance on Catastrophic Events in Construction, DeWalt Building Contractor’s Licensing Exam Guide, Social Media for Home Builders, Planning Measurement and control for Building, Business Plans Handbook.

Structural Engineering Books – Collection

About 175 structural engineering books. Some titles: Diagrid Structures, Analysis and Design of Structures, Design of Structural Elements, Man-made Wonders, Understanding Structural Engineering, Structural Engineering Reference Manual, Wind Loads, Graphing Buildings and Structures, Site Engineers Manual.

Reinforced Concrete Construction Books – Collection

About 100 Reinforced Concrete Construction books. Some titles: Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures, Reinforced Concrete Design, Reinforced Concrete Structural Reliability, The Reinforced Concrete Design Manual, Advanced Materials and Techniques for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Seismic and Wind Design of Concrete Buildings.

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Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

Bain, David Haward
Viking 1999 Dewey Dec. 385

After the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad was the nineteenth century’s most transformative event. Beginning in 1842 with a visionary’s dream to span the continent with twin bands of iron, Empire Express captures three dramatic decades in which the United States effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national identity. From self–made entrepreneurs such as the Union Pacific’s Thomas Durant and era–defining figures such as President Lincoln to the thousands of laborers whose backbreaking work made the railroad possible, this extraordinary narrative summons an astonishing array of voices to give new dimension not only to this epic endeavor but also to the culture, political struggles, and social conflicts of an unforgettable period in American history.

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Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation

Bernstein, Peter L.
Norton 2005 Dewey Dec. 386

The building of the Erie Canal, like the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal, is one of the greatest and most riveting stories of American ingenuity. Best-selling author Peter Bernstein presents the story of the canal’s construction against the larger tableau of America in the first quarter-century of the 1800s. Examining the social, political, and economic ramifications of this mammoth project, Bernstein demonstrates how the canal’s creation helped prevent the dismemberment of the American empire and knit the sinews of the American industrial revolution. Featuring a rich cast of characters, including not only political visionaries like Washington, Jefferson, van Buren, and the architect’s most powerful champion, Governor DeWitt Clinton, but also a huge platoon of Irish diggers as well as the canal’s first travelers, Wedding of the Waters reveals that the twenty-first-century themes of urbanization, economic growth, and globalization can all be traced to the first great macroengineering venture of American history.

The Tower and the Bridge: The New Art of Structural Engineering

Billington, David P.
Princeton University 1985 Dewey Dec. 624

What do structures such as the Eiffel Tower, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the concrete roofs of Pier Luigi Nervi have in common? According to this book, all are striking examples of structural art, an exciting form distinct from either architecture or machine design. Aided by a number of stunning illustrations, David Billington discusses leading structural engineer-artists, such as John A. Roebling, Gustave Eiffel, Fazlur Khan, and Robert Maillart.

Steel Beams & Iron Men

Cherry, Mike
Four Winds 1980 Dewey Dec. 624

An ironworker describes his experiences erecting steel frames of large structures such as skyscrapers and industrial plants in New York City and a California desert.

Building Hoover Dam: an Oral History of the Great Depression

Dunar, Andrew J. and McBride, Dennis
University of Nevada 2001 Dewey Dec. 627

Andrew J. Dunar and Dennis McBride skillfully interweave eyewitness accounts of the building of Hoover Dam. These stories create the richest existing portrait of the building of Hoover Dam and its tremendous effect on the lives of those involved in its creation: the gritty, sometimes grisly realities of living in cardboard boxes and tents during several of the hottest Southern Nevada summers on record; the fearsome carbon monoxide deaths of tunnel builders who, it was claimed, had died of “pneumonia”; the uproarious life of nearby Las Vegas versus the tightly controlled existence of the workers in the built-overnight confines of Boulder City; and of course the astounding accomplishment of building the Dam itself and completing the task not only early but under budget!

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Municipal and Rural Sanitation

Ehlers, Victor Marcus
McGraw Hill 1950 Dewey Dec. 628

Topics: Public Health, Engbooks, Sanitary Engineering, Sanitation, Sanitation, Sanitary engineering, Public health, Rural health.

Road Construction

Genat, Robert
Motorbooks International 1995 Dewey Dec. 625.7

A full-color gallery of the mighty machines that build our nations highways. Muscular bulldozers clearing rocks, trees, and earth and ripping hard soil into manageable soft dirt. Gargantuan long-armed excavators gashing through hills and mountains by scooping out car-sized chunks of earth. Articulated, speedy scrapers cutting down slopes, leveling the roadbed, and hosing the dry earth with water.

Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down

Gordon, J. E.
Da Capo 2003

Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world–from buildings and bodies to flying aircraft and eggshells. In a style that combines wit, a masterful command of his subject, and an encyclopedic range of reference, Gordon includes such chapters as “How to Design a Worm” and “The Advantage of Being a Beam,” offering humorous insights in human and natural creation. Without jargon or oversimplification, Structures opens up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.

Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal

Karabell, Zachary
Knopf 2003 Dewey Dec. 386

Award-winning historian Zachary Karabell tells the epic story of the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century–the building of the Suez Canal– and shows how it changed the world. The dream was a waterway that would unite the East and the West, and the ambitious, energetic French diplomat and entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps was the mastermind behind the project. Lesseps saw the project through fifteen years of financial challenges, technical obstacles, and political intrigues. The Suez Canal was heralded as a symbol of progress that would unite nations, but its legacy is mixed. Parting the Desert is both a transporting narrative and a meditation on the origins of the modern Middle East.

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The Dam Builders

Kelly, James E. and Park, William R.
Addison-Wesley 1977 Dewey Dec. 627

Traces each step in the design and construction of earthfill and masonry dams and describes the equipment and machinery used.

Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life

Lewis, Tom
Viking 1997 Dewey Dec. 625.7

In Divided Highways, Tom Lewis tells the monumental story of the largest engineered structure ever built: the Interstate Highway System. Here is one of the great untold tales of American enterprise, recounted entirely through the stories of the human beings who thought up, mapped out, poured, paved – and tried to stop – the Interstates. Conceived and spearheaded by Thomas “the Chief” MacDonald, the iron-willed bureaucrat from the muddy farmlands of Iowa who rose to unrivaled power, the highway system was propelled forward through the pathbreaking efforts of brilliant engineers, argued over by politicians of every ideological and moral stripe, reviled by the citizens whose lives it devastated, and lauded as the greatest public works project in U.S. history.

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Macaulay, David
Houghton Mifflin 1976

Text and drawings describe the subways, sewers, building foundations, telephone and power systems, columns, cables, pipes, tunnels, and other underground elements of a large modern city.

Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America

Petroski, Henry
Knopf 1995

“The great era of American bridge building – which from the 1870s through the 1930s gave us such landmarks as the Eads Bridge across the Mississippi, the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River, the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson, and the Golden Gate Bridge at the mouth of San Francisco Bay – called for a special breed of engineer: equal parts dreamer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Since the building of any bridge is necessarily a collaborative effort, engineers of dissimilar philosophies and all-too-similar egos were thrown together on project after project, making for an ongoing, interwoven human and technological drama.”–Book Jacket.

Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering

Petroski, Henry
Vintage 2005

Here are two dozen tales in the grand adventure of engineering from the Henry Petroski, who has been called America’s poet laureate of technology. Pushing the Limits celebrates some of the largest things we have created–bridges, dams, buildings–and provides a startling new vision of engineering’s past, its present, and its future. Along the way it highlights our greatest successes, like London’s Tower Brid≥ our most ambitious projects, like China’s Three Gorges Dam; our most embarrassing moments, like the wobbly Millennium Bridge in London; and our greatest failures, like the collapse of the twin towers on September 11.

Building Maintenance & Construction: Tools and Maintenance Tasks

Rutherford, Clifford
University of Hawaii Manoa 2018

This text introduces and develops knowledge of basic building maintenance tools and materials, applied skills and techniques, industry health and safety standards, and preventive maintenance and troubleshooting practices required by employers for entry-level positions in the building trades and facilities maintenance fields.

Civil Engineering Practice: An Introduction

Scott, Stephen
Arnold 1997

An introduction to the typical practices involved in the majority of civil engineering projects. This book explains relevant contracts, planning, law, estimation and tendering procedures and is aimed at undergraduate civil engineers.

Hoover Dam: An American Adventure

Stevens, Joseph E.
University of Oklahoma 1988 Dewey Dec. 627

In the spring of 1931, in a rugged desert canyon on the Arizona-Nevada border, an army of workmen began one of the most difficult and daring building projects ever undertaken—the construction of Hoover Dam. Through the worst years of the Great Depression as many as five thousand laborers toiled twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to erect the huge structure that would harness the Colorado River and transform the American West.
Construction of the giant dam was a triumph of human ingenuity, yet the full story of this monumental endeavor has never been told. Now, in an engrossing, fast-paced narrative, Joseph E. Stevens recounts the gripping saga of Hoover Dam. Drawing on a wealth of material, including manuscript collections, government documents, contemporary newspaper and magazine accounts, and personal interviews and correspondence with men and women who were involved with the construction, he brings the Hoover Dam adventure to life.

The Transcontinental Railroad

Streissguth, Thomas
Lucent 2000 Dewey Dec. 385

Completed in 1869, the transcontinental railroad fulfilled the long-held vision of a single transportation and trade route across the North American continent. Skilled engineers and laborers built the railroad, while devious speculators on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts maneuvered to profit by it. This book describes, the design, financing, and construction of one of the largest engineering projects in history.

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The Story of the First Trans-continental Railroad …

Bailey, William Francis, comp.
Bailey 1906

(title continued) ” …Its Projectors, Construction and History”

The story of the Union Pacific Railroad. Chapter headings are: 1. The Project and its Projectors, 2. The Proposition in Congress, 3. Mostly Financial, 4. Commencement of the Work, 5. Progress Made, 6. Indian Troubles during Construction, 7. The Builders, 8. Completion of the Line, 9. The Kansas Division (Kansas Pacific Ry), 10. The Denver-Cheyenne Line (Denver Pacific R.R.), 11. History of the Line since its Completion, 12. The Central Pacific Railroad, Appendix.

Municipal Engineering and Sanitation

Baker, M. N.
Macmillan 1902

Practical, authoritative discussion of problems of transportation, communication, water, lighting, slaughter houses, sewage, street cleaning, smoke, noise, etc. public policy and finance.
Author’s wide practical experience furnishes many tangible examples. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904.

Railroad Construction

Crandall, Charles Lee and Barnes, Fred Asa
NY: McGraw-Hill 1913

Railroad construction history, railroad construction 1800s, old books about civil engineering.

How We Built the Union Pacific Railway

Dodge, Grenville M. (Major General)
Washington: GPO 1910

The author was Chief Engineer, Union Pacific Railway, 1866-1870.

The Art of Roadmaking – Civil Engineering PDF Books to Download Free

Frost, Harwood
McGraw-Hill 1910

Subtitle: “Treating of the various problems and operations in the construction and maintenance of roads, streets, and pavements written in non-technical language, suitable for the general reader; with an extensive bibliography and a descriptive list of reliable current books and pamphlets on these subjects”.
“Compilation from authoritative sources, treating the problems of roadmaking and road maintenance in language as untechnical as the nature of the subject permits.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911.

Harbours and Docks

– Volume 2 – Civil Engineering Books PDF

Harcourt, Leveson Francis V.
Clarendon 1885

Subtitle: “their physical features, history, construction equipment, and maintenance, with statistics as to their commercial development”.
Volume 1 – Text
Volume 2 – Plates (list of contents, but no illustrations) – A.L.A. Catalog 1904.

A Treatise on Rivers and Canals relating to the Control and Improvement of Rivers and the Design, Construction, and Development of Canals

– Volume 2

Harcourt, Leveson Francis V.
Clarendon 1882

The flow, control and improvement of rivers and the design, construction and development of canals both for navigation and irrigation, with statistics of the traffic on inland waterways. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904.

The Civil Engineer’s Handbook

International Correspondence Schools
International Textbook 1913

Subtitle: “A convenient reference book for chainmen, rodmen, transitmen, levelers, surveyors, as well as draftsmen, computers, and railroad, municipal, and hydraulic engineers”. Engbooks.

Engineering Work in Towns and Cities

McCullough, Ernest
Clark 1908

Practical advice on pavements, drainage, water supply, buildings, contracts, records, office systems, etc., for city officials without technical training and engineers inexperienced in municipal works.
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911.

American Civil Engineers’ Pocket Book

Merriman, Mansfield, ed.
Wiley 1911

Of composite authorship, the different sections being furnished by leading American authorities in their respective subjects.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904-1911.

American Highways – Highway Engineering Books PDF

Shaler, Nathaniel S.
Century 1896

Subtitle: “A popular account of their conditions and of the means by which they may be bettered”.
List of Important works on highway construction, p. 292-93.
“Road materials, methods of construction and administration, machinery, cost, effects of climate and topography, importance of specific training and education in highway engineering, etc.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1904.

The Railway Builders: A Chronicle of Overland Highways – Civil Engineering PDF Books to Download Free

Skelton, Oscar D.
Toronto: Glasgow, Brook 1920

Chapter headings: 1. The Coming of the Railway, 2. Early Travel in Canada, 3. The call for the Railway, 4. The Canadian Beginnings, 5. The Grand Trunk Era, 6. The Intercolonial, 7. The Canadian Pacific – Beginnings, 8. Building the Canadian Pacific , 9. The Era of Amalgamation, 10. The Canadian Northern, 11. The Expansion of the Grand Trunk, 12. Sundry Developments, 13. Some General Questions, Bibliographical Note.

Street Pavements and Paving Materials

Tillson, George W.
Wiley 1900

Subtitle: “A manual of city pavements: the methods and materials of their construction. For the use of students, engineers, and city officials”.
Comprehensive, authoritative review of best current practice. Illustrations.
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904.

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