Interpreting engineering drawings, 8th Ed.

Recommended by: Prof. Jennifer F. Callanga (ME 131, 136; MES 1)

Author Theodore J. Branoff
Place of Publication Stamford, CT
Date of Publication [2016]
Publisher Cengage Learning

INTERPRETING ENGINEERING DRAWINGS, 8th EDITION offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art training that shows readers how to create professional-quality engineering drawings that can be interpreted with precision in today’s technology-based industries. This flexible, user-friendly textbook offers unsurpassed coverage of the theory and practical applications that you’ll need as readers communicate technical concepts in an international marketplace. All material is developed around the latest ASME drawing standards, helping readers keep pace with the dynamic changes in the field of engineering graphics.

Understanding spatial media

Recommended by: Prof. Bienvenido Cancellar (GmE 210)

Editors Rob Kitchin, Tracey P. Lauriault, Matthew W. Wilson
Place of Publication Los Angeles
Date of Publication 2017
Publisher SAGE Publications

Over the past decade, a new set of interactive, open, participatory, and networked spatial media have become widespread. These include mapping platforms, virtual globes, user-generated spatial databases, geodesign and architectural and planning tools, urban dashboards and citizen reporting geosystems, augmented reality media, and locative media. Collectively, these produce and mediate spatial big data and are reshaping spatial knowledge, spatial behavior, and spatial politics.

Understanding Spatial Media brings together leading scholars from around the globe to examine these new spatial media, their attendant technologies, spatial data, and their social, economic, and political effects.

The 22 chapters are divided into the following sections:

  • Spatial media technologies
  • Spatial data and spatial media
  • The consequences of spatial media
  • Understanding Spatial Media is the perfect introduction to this fast emerging phenomena for students and practitioners of geography, urban studies, data science, and media and communications.

Cartography : science of making maps

Recommended by: Prof. Bienvenido Cancellar (GE 173)

Editor Tucker Nichollas
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication [2017]
Publisher Larsen and Keller Education

Cartography concerns itself with the study and application of making maps. It is an important practice in the fields of transportation and circumnavigation, military and research-related purposes. The book aims to shed light on some of the fundamentals concepts of cartography. It is specifically designed for the students to learn details about this field. This book is a valuable compilation of topics, ranging from the basic to the most complex theories and principles of the area. The topics covered in this extensive book deal with the core subjects of cartography. Through this text, we attempt to further enlighten the readers about the new techniques in this field.

Exploring physical geography, 2nd Ed.

Recommended by: Prof. Bienvenido Cancellar (GE 173)

Authors Stephen J. Reynolds [and four others]
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication [2018]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

Stephen Reynolds, author of the highly successful Exploring Geology, brings his ground-breaking, visually spectacular approach to Exploring Physical Geography. Intended for an introductory geography course, such as Physical Geography, Reynolds Exploring Physical Geography promotes inquiry and science as an active process. It encourages student curiosity and aims to activate existing student knowledge by posing the title of every two-page spread and every subsection as a question. In addition, questions are dispersed throughout the book. Integrated into the book are opportunities for students to observe patterns, features, and examples before the underlying concepts are explained. That is, we employ a learning-cycle approach where student exploration precedes the introduction of geographic terms and the application of knowledge to a new situation.

Exploring Physical Geography introduces terms after students have an opportunity to observe the feature or concept that is being named. This approach is consistent with several educational philosophies, including a learning cycle and just-in-time teaching. Research on learning cycles shows that students are more likely to retain a term if they already have a mental image of the thing being named (Lawson, 2003). Also, the figure-based approach in this book allows terms to be introduced in their context rather than as a definition that is detached from a visual representation of the term. We introduce new terms in italics rather than in boldface, because boldfaced terms on a textbook page cause students to immediately focus mostly on the terms, rather than build an understanding of the concepts.

Featuring more than 2,500 photographs and illustration, Exploring Physical Geography engages students with strong visuals, unique two-page spreads, and Before You Leave This Page objectives.

Remote sensing for sustainability

Recommended by: Prof. Bienvenido Cancellar (GE 159, 179)

Editor Qihao Weng
Place of Publication Boston, MA
Date of Publication [2016]
Publisher Cengage Learning

Driven by the societal needs and improvement in sensor technology and image processing techniques, remote sensing has become an essential geospatial tool for understanding the Earth and managing Human-Earth interactions. Remote Sensing for Sustainability introduces the current state of the art remote sensing knowledge integral for monitoring the world’s natural resources and environments, managing exposure to natural disasters and man-made risks, and helping understand the sustainability and productivity of natural ecosystems.

Bridging the gap between remote sensing and sustainability science this book examines theories and methods as well as practical applications of sustainable development for cities using remote sensing; focuses on remote sensing methods and techniques for sustainable natural resources with emphasize on forests; answers questions on how and what the remote sensing methods and techniques can do for the sustainability of environmental systems; and examines the issues of energy use and sustainable energy sources using remote sensing technology in countries such as Germany, China, the U.S, drawing on case studies to demonstrate the applicability of remote sensing techniques.

This comprehensive guide, which can serve to professors, researchers, and students alike, takes in consideration the United Nations set of sustainable development goals and intends to contribute to the GEO’s Strategic Plan by addressing and exemplifying a number of societal benefit areas of remote sensing data sets, methods, and techniques for sustainable development.


Introduction to geographic information systems

Recommended by: Prof. Bienvenido Cancellar (GIME 175)

Author Jayceon Garcia
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication [2017]
Publisher Larsen & Keller

The book aims to shed light on some of the unexplored aspects of geographic information systems (GIS). It provides thorough knowledge about the basic principles of this subject. Geographic information systems refer to a system that is used to manipulate, capture, store, analyze and maintain geographical data. The textbook covers the various fields that use this technology as well as the methods associated with it. It also focuses on the theoretical aspects on geographic information science. For someone with an interest and eye for detail, this book covers the most significant topics in this field. It will serve as a valuable source of reference for those interested in GIS.

Project management : a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling, 12th Ed.

Recommended by: Dr. Virginia J. Soriano (IE 153, 221)

Author Harold Kerzner
Place of Publication BHoboken, New Jersey
Date of Publication [2017]
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Project Management, or the “Project Management bible” as it’s widely known, provides practical guidance on all aspects of project management. It features a streamlined approach to PM functions without stinting on detailed coverage of the tools and methods used at all stages of a project.

This 12th Edition has been updated to reflect industry changes and features in-depth coverage of emerging topics, including global stakeholder management, causes of failure, agile project management, project governance failure, customer approval milestones, classifying project metrics, and more. Also, supplementary materials are available for students, professionals, and instructors.

  • Understand organizational structures and project management functions
  • Learn how to control costs, manage risk, and analyze trade-offs
  • Examine different methods used for planning, scheduling, QA, and more
  • Work effectively with customers and stakeholders from around the globe
  • As projects increase in scope and complexity, managing them across time zones, language barriers, and technology platforms requires a systematic approach that accounts for every detail. All the more reason to keep Project Management, 12th Edition within arm’s reach throughout all stages of the projects you manage.

    Engineering geology

    Recommended by: Prof. Bienvenido Cancellar (GE 153)

    Editor Dave Cox
    Place of Publication New York, NY
    Date of Publication [2016]
    Publisher Magnum Publishing

    Engineering geology is the application of the geological sciences to engineering study for the purpose of assuring that the geological factors regarding the location, design, construction, operation and maintenance of engineering works are recognized and accounted for. Engineering geology studies may be performed during the planning, environmental impact analysis, civil or structural engineering design, value engineering and construction phases of public and private works projects, and during post-construction and forensic phases of projects. This book covers the fields of the earth sciences and engineering, particularly geological and geotechnical engineering. The focus of the book is on geological or engineering studies that are of interest to engineering geologists.

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