Concrete, People and Practice: Synergism or a House Divided?

Material science, mechanics, construction technique, logistics, management, and the realities of working with and for people have combined to create what we call “The Practice of Concrete Design and Construction”. This practice is therefore multidisciplinary from its very roots, with the advantages and disadvantages that accrue in any multifaceted endeavor. Amid high-profile examples of advantageous synergism among materials specialists, engineers, and builders, we have many smaller but more common examples that lead us to suspect that the Tower of Babel must have been made of concrete. When specializing in any one of concrete’s intriguing aspects, we have to guard against losing the perspective that people must develop the design, obtain and mix the materials, and place, consolidate, and finish the product and in the final analysis the concrete project must safely and economically perform its function.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 575-588
  • Monograph Title: Role of Concrete in Sustainable Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01010834
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0727732471
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2005 1:32PM