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Civil Engineering Procedure - eighth edition published

19 November 2020

ICE Publishing has released an eighth edition of Civil Engineering Procedure, offering expert guidance on every stage of an engineering project from conception and development, through to completion and handover. 

Civil Engineering Procedure - eighth edition published

Written by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Civil Engineering Procedure was first published in 1963, and soon became one of the best-known definitive references for civil engineers. This edition has been thoroughly updated by a multi-disciplinary ICE steering group comprised of leading experts such as Brian Duguid, Practice Leader for Bridges at Mott MacDonald, Terri Harrington, Sponsorship Director at Highways England, and Dr Richard Kirkham, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester and Project X Academic Lead at the Infrastructure Projects Authority.

Why was it updated?

This eighth edition contains updates throughout the book, including coverage of initiatives aimed at improving project and programme delivery, the latest updates to the NEC and other standard forms of contract in civil engineering, as well as additional case studies that provide insights into real-world practice across a broad spectrum of different types of project.

What does it include?

This popular civil engineering guide details the stages of work for a project. It includes examples from a range of different infrastructure types, including bridges, tunnels, roads, railways and more. As a whole, the book is a concise guide to managing a project. Some of the key activities described in the book involve planning for particular stages, for example:

  • Assessing feasibility
  • Planning strategy and design
  • Selecting a contract
  • Planning and control of construction activities
  • Managing health and safety
  • Planning for inspection, testing and commissioning
  • Planning for completion and handover
  • Planning for operations, maintenance and asset management.

The lead of the drafting committee, Richard Kirkham states that “readers will have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the very latest information on procurement, contracts, health and safety and project delivery in the context of infrastructure.” He adds, “the book includes new case studies relevant to each chapter, these are designed to illustrate practical engineering challenges and bring theory to life.”

Who should read Civil Engineering Procedure?

This well-structured advanced textbook is written primarily for undergraduate students and graduates entering the industry. It is also very useful for CEng preparation, other construction-related professionals, as well as clients looking to gain an understanding of the responsibilities of planning, designing and constructing civil engineering projects.

What do industry experts say about it?

Construction Adjudicator, Patrick Waterhouse said “this stalwart of the civil engineering profession has (once again) been brought up-to-date and will no doubt be used as a rite of passage for civil engineers in the future”. He also highlighted the following updates new to this edition “references to the use of BIM, NEC4 contracts and Grenfell Tower show its currency.”

In the words of past ICE President Gordon Masterton, “in the canon of classic civil engineering textbooks, there are few that enjoy the privilege of multiple editions.” He observes that the fact it “has now reached its eighth is a huge tribute to the successive drafting committees since that first edition in 1963.”

Where can it be ordered?

If you are looking for a concise practical introduction which covers all stages of the project cycle, get a copy of the widely known across the industry and academia Civil Engineering Procedurein print on ICE Bookshop or as an eBook on ICE Virtual Library.

  • April Nagy, A digital marketing specialist