Providing students with a commonsense approach to the solution of engineering problems and packed full of practical case studies to illustrate the role of the engineer, the type of work involved and the methodologies employed in engineering practice, this textbook is a comprehensive introduction to the scope and nature of engineering.

It outlines a conceptual framework for undertaking engineering projects then provides a range of techniques and tools for solving the sorts of problems that commonly arise. Focusing in particular on civil engineering design, problem solving, and the range of techniques and tools it employs, the authors also explore:

  • creativity and problem solving, social and environmental issues, management, communications and law, and ethics
  • the planning, design, modelling and analysis phases and the implementation or construction phase.

Designed specifically for introductory courses on undergraduate engineering programs, this extensively revised and extended second edition is an invaluable resource for all new engineering undergraduates as well as non-specialist readers who are seeking information on the nature of engineering work and how it is carried out.

chapter 1|20 pages

Engineers in Society

chapter 2|30 pages

Engineering Systems Concepts

chapter 3|38 pages

Engineering Planning and Design

chapter 4|23 pages

Creativity and Creative Thinking

chapter 5|21 pages

Project Planning Techniques

chapter 6|31 pages

Management Processes and Skills

chapter 7|22 pages


chapter 8|35 pages

Economic Evaluation

chapter 10|19 pages

Ethics and Law

chapter 11|18 pages

Risk and Reliability

chapter 12|29 pages

Engineering Decision-making

chapter 13|67 pages


chapter 14|6 pages