Professional Communications: A Handbook for Civil Engineers / Edition 1

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Professional Communications: A Handbook for Civil Engineers provides practical, comprehensive advice on best practice for professional engineering communications. The purpose of this handbook is to convey information to the reader accurately and simply. Engineering professionals and students will benefit from the concise information listed in this handbook about what is needed in an effective engineering document.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780784407325
  • Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,398,904
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 International best practice in report writing : getting started 1
Ch. 1 The basics of technical writing 3
Ch. 2 The structure of an engineering document 8
Ch. 3 Organizing a document and choosing appropriate sections 15
Ch. 4 Presentation style 23
Pt. 2 The sections of a document 25
Ch. 5 Requirements for sections and elements of a document 27
Pt. 3 Specific types of documents 55
Ch. 6 Summarizing : an executive summary, a summary, and a conference or journal paper abstract 57
Ch. 7 Reports 69
Ch. 8 A set of instructions : handbook, procedure, operating manual 81
Ch. 9 Formal letters 88
Ch. 10 Short workplace documents : e-mails, faxes, memoranda, agendas, and minutes 97
Ch. 11 Publicity material : brochures and press releases 105
Ch. 12 A journal or conference paper 114
Ch. 13 A conference or display poster 130
Pt. 4 Referencing; editorial conventions; and revising, proofreading, and reviewing 143
Ch. 14 Referencing your sources 145
Ch. 15 Editorial conventions 163
Ch. 16 Revising, proofreading, and reviewing a document 172
Pt. 5 Writing style 181
Ch. 17 Problems of style : recognizing and correcting common mistakes 183
Pt. 6 Presenting work orally 203
Ch. 18 A seminar or conference presentation 205
Ch. 19 A presentation to a small group 227
Pt. 7 References and resources 233
Quick reference guide : the parts of speech and verb forms 241
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