A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering

Christopher Gorse; David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Martin Pritchard
Oxford Quick Reference

This A to Z is the most up-to-date dictionary of building, surveying, and civil engineering terms and definitions available. Written by an experienced team of experts in the respective fields, it covers in over 7,500 entries the key areas of construction technology and practice, civil and construction engineering, construction management techniques and processes, and legal aspects such as contracts and procurement. Illustrations complement entries where necessary and other extra features include entry-level web links, which are listed and regularly updated on a companion website. Its wide coverage makes it the ideal reference for students of construction and related areas, as well as for professionals in the field.


Prof Christopher Gorse is Head of the Centre for the Built Environment at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has undertaken research and consultancy in construction, law and sustainability.; Dr David Johnston is a Reader in Low Carbon Construction, lecturing in Environmental Science, Services and Construction Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has undertaken research and consultancy on low carbon construction and contributed to research programmes that have informed recent changes to the Building Regulations. ; Dr Martin Pritchard is a Reader in Civil Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is a Civil Engineer and has conducted extensive international work on water purification systems and developed sustainable approaches to infrastructure works in developing countries. He also has a particular interest in geotechnics.