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Construction Technology Fourth Edition By Roy Chudley

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This book originated over 30 years ago as two separate publications. The two were combined to create a single volume at the last edition. The continuing success and popularity of this study resource can be attributed to contributions from numerous sources, but unfortunately space does not permit credit to them all. Much can be attributed to the observations and suggestions of some of my former colleagues, professional associates and not least the positive response of so many of my past students. 

The book’s agreeable presentation of comprehensive text and simple illustration is attributed to the late Colin Bassett as General Editor and of course, Roy Chudley as founding author. I am especially grateful to Roy for his cooperation, trust and permission to work on his original manuscript and hope that my attempts to emulate his illustrative style bear some comparison with his original work.

 Without the publisher, the book would not exist. The enthusiasm and support of the staff at Pearson Education is appreciated; in particular that of Pauline Gillett for her direction and patience throughout the preparation of this latest edition.

Conventional or traditional methods are studied in the first two years of most construction courses, with the intention of forming a sound knowledge base before proceeding to studies of advanced techniques in the final years.

 There is, nevertheless, an element of continuity and overlap between traditional and contemporary, and both are frequently deployed on the same building, e.g. traditional brick facing to a prefabricated steel-framed commercial building or to a factory-made timber-framed house. Initial studies of building construction concentrate on the smaller type of structure, such as a domestic dwelling of one or two storeys built by labourintensive traditional methods. 

Generally it is more economic to construct this type of building by these methods, unless large numbers of similar units are required on the same site. In these circumstances, economies of scale may justify factory-manufactured, prefabricated elements of structure. These industrialised methods are usually a rationalised manufacturing process used to produce complete elements, i.e. floors, walls, roof frames, etc.

 in modules or standardised dimensional increments of 300 mm. Very few building contractors in the UK and other developed countries employ many staff directly. They are therefore relatively small companies when compared with the capital value of the work they undertake.

 This is partly due to the variable economic fortunes of the construction industry and the need for flexibility. Hence most practical aspects of building are contracted out to specialist subcontracting organisations, e.g. bricklayers, electricians, carpenters, in response to the main contractor’s work load. The main contractor is effectively a building management company, which could be engaged on a variety of work, including major serial