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This section will provide you monthly engineering helpful articles in the field of marine engineering, quantity surveying, planning, civil, mechanical, electrical, information technology and communications.


Introduction to Structural Designs
Albert Hilton Cohen
This guide is intended as introduction to residential gravity loads, load paths and structural wood design. Further study is recommended prior to designing structures. Proper structural design engineering requires a thorough understanding of construction materials, construction practices, engineering principles and local building codes. The following publications are suggested as important reference materials are a starting point for an education in structural engineering.
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Design of Steel Structures
Prof. Dr. A. Varma
Advantages and Disadvantages of Steel structures, Loads and Load combinations, Design considerations, Limit State Method (LSM) of design, Failure criteria for steel, Codes, Specifications and section classification.
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Advances in Materials Applied in Civil Engineering
K. Flaga
This paper outlines the problems of the construction materials being used in civil engineering at the end of the 20th century and also of the construction materials of the future. The progress that have been made in the domain of basic construction materials such as steel and concrete over the 19th and 20th centuries is analysed. It is described how new materials such as carbon ®bre reinforced polymer, highstrength concrete and high-performance concrete, create the possibilities of a further development. New opportunities for modern gluedtimber structures are also presented. The limitations of the application of glass and plastics as construction materials are indicated.
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Construction Site Best Management Practice (BMP) Field Manual and Troubleshooting Guide
State of California Department of Transportation
This document provides a toolbox for Caltrans field personnel to aid in proper implementation of water pollution control Best Management Practices (BMPs) on the construction site
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Properties of Concrete
A.M. Neville
The ultimate purpose of this article is to facilitate better construction in concrete. To achieve this, it is necessary to understand, to master, and to control the behaviour of concrete not only in the laboratory but also in actual structures. It is in this respect that an author with a structural background is at an advantage. Furthermore, experience in construction and in investigations of lack of durability and serviceability has been exploited.
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Architecture in Civil Engineering
Tarun Goel
Civil engineers and architects complement each other’s' work. An architect takes care of the design and shape of a building whereas a civil engineer takes care of the technical nitty-gritty like the strength of the building. Architecture is art; civil engineering is more about physics The primary focus of an architect remains on the aesthetic appearance of a building.
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What is Coastal Engineering?
University of Delaware
Coastal engineering is the study of the processes ongoing at the shoreline and construction within the coastal zone. The field involves aspects of nearshore oceanography, marine geology, and civil engineering, often directed at combating erosion of coasts or providing navigational access.
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Architectural Masterpiece Challenges the Art of Engineering
University of Wisconsin Madison
Structural elements dominate first impressions of the Quadracci Pavilion addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, the building has received international acclaim from the day it opened in late 2001.
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The 5 Most Embarrassing Architectural Failures Ever
Xavier Jackson
Doctors, lawyers, scientists and architects are all people we assume at least sort of know what they're doing. And for good reason: If a barista gets a job that he or she is patently unqualified for, you might get too much mocha syrup in your frappe. But if, say, an architect has an off day, your apartment could fold in on itself the next time you close your bedroom and kitchen windows at the same time. But just because we expect perfection from them, that doesn't mean they always live up to it. Even architects, foremen and chief engineers come in to work hungover once in a while, and that's when we get failures like these.
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Strength Design Method Gains Foothold in Structural Engineering
University of Wisconsin Madison
Evolution has a place in structural design, as in any field. Better materials come along. New techniques emerge. Technology changes everything. These and other circumstances routinely engender changes in the engineering of safe and functional structures.
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Architectural Engineer: Job Description & Career Requirements
Study.Com
Learn about the education and preparation needed to become an architectural engineer. Get a quick view of the requirements as well as details about degree programs, job duties and licensure to find out if this is the career for you.
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Delivery Methods for a Multi-disciplinary Architectural Engineering Capstone Design Course
Taylor and Francis Online
Changes in industry practices, as well as advancements in technologies have moved Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) to the forefront in our industry. Practitioners and educators alike see BIM-based technologies changing the fundamental way we design, construct and deliver buildings to the client. It is unreasonable to expect that we can completely duplicate industry practice in an educational setting.
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Architectural Engineer: Job Description, Duties and Requirements
Study.Com
Architectural engineers evaluate and test building systems and construction designs. Engineers may also specialize in a particular field in construction, such as lighting or HVAC systems. A bachelor's degree is required to work in this field and some employers may require architectural engineers to become a licensed professional engineer. Career paths include project consultant, manager or engineer.
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Architectural Engineering and Design Management
Taylor & Francis
Informative and accessible, this publication analyses and discusses the integration of the main stages within the process of design and construction and multidisciplinary collaborative working between the different professionals involved.
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Quantity surveying role in Construction Projects
Rabie Maarouf
Quantity surveying is concerned with controlling and managing the construction projects. Working with quantity surveying will give us an understanding of the technical aspects of construction over the whole life of a building or facility, accommodate the requirements of a building to suit the particular circumstances of a project, achieve the best quality and value within the client’s specifications and understand contracts, budgets, quantities and measurements.
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An e-learning approach to quantity surveying measurement
Geoff Hodgson
Quantity surveying measurement adopts prescriptive processes which are underpinned by an understanding of construction technology. The rules for measuring are complex, and are designed for experienced practitioners. Some students struggle to acquire the mix of skills and knowledge within the timeframe allowed.
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The Future of The Future of Quantity Surveying
Jonathan Moss FRICS,CCC Jonathan Moss
Powerpoint about The Future of The Future of Quantity Surveying.
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Greenbuildingindex: Practice Notes for the Quantity Surveyors
greenbuildingindex.org
The purpose of the greenbuildingindex (GBI) Certification : Practice Notes for Quantity Surveyors is to establish a guidance document to assist Quantity Surveyors (QS) in their submissions for GBI certification and Verifying and Certifying greenbuildingindex (GBI) Green Incremental Cost for Tax Incentives.
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QS: The New Rules of Measurement
Michael Byng
Throughout the programme, the four stages of NRM – estimating, cost planning, procurement and whole life costing – are discussed. Elements new to costing documents, such as the NRM’s handling of inflationary cost increases and client risk are a particular focus. We also examine the document against a backdrop of existing measurement tools including SMM7 and the BCIS standard form of cost analysis and explain why the NRM supersedes the form.
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Manual for Consultant QS
South Africa Public Works
Sample Manual for Quantity Surveying in South Africa
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Jobs of Quantity Surveyor
youthinconstruction.co.za
A quantity surveyor manages all costs relating to the construction projects. From the initial calculations to the final figures, quantity surveyors seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, whilst still achieving the required standards and quality. Many of these are specified by statutory building / construction regulations which the surveyor needs to understand and adhere to.
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Interior Design Guide
wbdg.org
This guide provides commanders with the Air Mobility Command (AMC) approach to interior design. Use it to educate and assist base designers, AMC design agents, and architectural/engineering firms working on all AMC interior renovation and new construction projects.
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Design Basics
sayresd.org
The design process requires many skills. Perhaps the most important is the ability to sketch and annotate a conceptual design. This skill applies to all engineering disciplines; architecture, civil, and mechanical.
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Basic Standards Drafting and Symbols
University of Minnesota
Drawing is considered to be a universal language. Drafting is a technical drawing used by designers to graphically present ideas and represents objects necessary for a design environment.
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What is Interior Design Course?
Architect's Handbook Practice
Professional interior design encompasses programming, space planning, construction, detailing, and finish selection as well as considerations of interior decor. As in building design, the process of interior design defines client and user requirements, develops conceptual approaches, and creates and documents solutions.
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Automotive Interior Solutions
Borealis
Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® technology and their experience in polyolefins of more than 50 years, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure - pipe systems and power and communication cables - automotive and advanced packaging industries. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and plant nutrients to phenol and acetone.
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A Building Official’s Guide to the Professional Practice of Architects & Engineers in Florida
Building Officials Association of Florida
This guide has been developed by a Task Force of representatives from three professional associations, to provide guidance for both design professional and local code compliance officials, with regard to the interpretation of certain aspects of Florida licensing laws.
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Engineering Design for Aircraft Interiors
cdgnow.com
In today’s competitive environment, your commercial engineering teams may face a number of challenges: n High workload, with immediate deadlines to meet project schedules n Multiple projects running on parallel schedules, each requiring the same types of engineering experience and skill sets.
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Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
Don H. Johnson
From its beginnings in the late nineteenth century, electrical engineering has blossomed from focusing on electrical circuits for power, telegraphy and telephony to focusing on a much broader range of disciplines. However, the underlying themes are relevant today: Power creation and transmission and information have been the underlying themes of electrical engineering for a century and a half. This course concentrates on the latter theme: the representation, manipulation, transmission, and reception of information by electrical means. This course describes what information is, how engineers quantify information, and how electrical signals represent information.
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Basic Electrical Engineering Formulas

In this link you will find some basic formulas used in electrical engineering.
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A Pragmatic Introduction to the Art of Electrical Engineering
Paul H. Dietz
In most introductory EE classes, the emphasis is on abstract fundamental principles. “Here’s a circuit with 26 resistors, 4 voltage sources, and 2 current sources - solve for everything.” Questions like these might build your analytical skills, but quickly deplete your stock of No-Doze. Why in the world would you ever want to solve a problem like that?
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Fundamentals of Electric Circuits
coe.ufrj.br
In spite of the numerous textbooks on circuit analysis available in the market, students often find the course difficult to learn. The main objective of this book is to present circuit analysis in a manner that is clearer, more interesting, and easier to understand than earlier texts.
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Intro to Mechanical Engineering
ASME Survey
Integrated circuit mass production: IC manufacturing machines, alignment systems, temperature- and vibration control, motors, bearings Air-conditioning and refrigeration: Compressors, refrigerants, heat exchangers Computer-aided engineering technology: Computer-aided design, analysis, manufacturing, virtual collaboratives Bioengineering: Imaging, prosthetics, minimally invasive surgery, tissue engineering
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What is a Mechanical Engineer?
ASME International
Mechanical engineering plays a dominant role in enhancing safety, economic vitality, enjoyment and overall quality of life throughout the world. Mechanical engineers are concerned with the principles of force, energy and motion. The men and women who work as mechanical engineers are professionals with expert knowledge of the design and manufacture of mechanical systems and thermal devices and processes. Some examples of products and processes developed by mechanical engineers include engines and control systems for automobiles and aircraft, electric power generation plants, lifesaving medical devices and consumer products ranging from air conditioners to personal computers and athletic equipment. They also design the machines that mass-produce these products. Virtually every aspect of life is touched by mechanical engineering. If something moves or uses energy, a mechanical engineer was probably involved in its design or production.
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Mechanical Engineer's Handbook
J. David Irwin
This a series that will include handbooks, textbooks, and professional reference books on cutting-edge areas of engineering. Also included in this series will be singleauthored professional books on state-of-the-art techniques and methods in engineering. Its objective is to meet the needs of academic, industrial, and governmental engineers, as well as provide instructional material for teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
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Basics of Mechanical Engineering
Paul D. Ronney
My favorite definition of Mechanical Engineering is If it needs engineering but it doesn’t involve electrons, chemical reactions, arrangement of molecules, life forms, isn’t a structure (building/bridge/dam) and doesn’t fly, a mechanical engineer will take care of it… but if it does involve electrons, chemical reactions, arrangement of molecules, life forms, is a structure or does fly, mechanical engineers may handle it anyway Although every engineering faculty member in every engineering department will claim that his/her field is the broadest engineering discipline, in the case of Mechanical Engineering that’s actually true because the core material permeates all engineering systems (fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, heat transfer, control systems, etc.)
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A Resource Guide to Marine Engineering
Raunek Kantharia
In order to have a successful career at sea, it is important you make the right decisions at the start. Degrees in nautical science or marine engineering are two ways in which one can get a job on ships.
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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
University of Michigan
A career in naval architecture and marine engineering is very exciting, challenging and rewarding. As a start, you would be engaged in engineering, a profession that applies scientific knowledge to meet the needs of mankind. In today’s industrial milieu of mass production, the ship is one of the few man-made objects designed and built individually. This is one reason the marine industry attracts exceptionally creative individuals who make inspiring co-workers.
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Introduction to Marine Engineering
DA Taylor
As an introduction to marine engineering, we might reasonably begin by taking an overall look at the ship. The various duties of a marine engineer all relate to the operation of the ship in a safe, reliable, efficient and economic manner. The main propulsion machinery installed will influence the machinery layout and determine the equipment and auxiliaries installed. This will further determine the operational and maintenance requirements for the ship and thus the knowledge required and the duties to be performed by the marine engineer.
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Learning Resource for Marine Engineering
Marinediesels.co.uk
Marinediesels.co.uk deals with the construction, operation, running and maintenance of large slow speed two stroke crosshead diesel engines such as Sulzer, MAN B&W and Mitsubishi, and medium speed four stroke trunk piston diesel engines such as Wartsila, Pielstick, Sulzer, MAK etc., as found in the majority of ocean going merchant vessels. Learn about problems which can be encountered such as scavenge fires and crankcase explosions, and how to prevent them. Find out how the engine power is calculated using the Mean Indicated Pressure, discover how the engine starts using compressed air and how Turbocharging works.
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Marines Career Guide
Royal Navy
As an Engineering Technician – Marine Engineering on a warship, you’ll be part of the team responsible for keeping the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively, allowing it to carry out its mission wherever you happen to be in the world. You’ll be working on everything from the ship’s hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and firefighting systems. As you may be away from port for weeks at a time, you’ll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s well-equipped workshops. You’ll also be involved in refueling the ship and you’ll be a trained member of a damage-control and firefighting team. When you’re not at sea, you could work at a fleet maintenance unit, carrying out major repairs on other warships, or helping to plan maintenance routines.
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Introduction to Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts
To prepare students for a career in this evolving profession, the Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree stresses the basic ideas on which the profession is built. In addition, we offer a range of technical electives that shape the details of each student’s program in the junior and senior years. By selecting appropriate technical electives, you can specialize in aspects of computer engineering that are of special interest to you.
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What does a Computer Engineer do?
Purdue University
Computer engineers design, develop and manage systems that process, store and convey information. These systems include personal computers, workstations, mainframe computers, computer networks and all of their various components. Computer engineers are particularly involved in the design and develop “embedded” computers used in aircraft, automobiles, communication switching systems, biomedical instruments, industrial robots and household appliances. Designing these systems raises both hardware and software issues, a computer engineer typically has the hardware background of an electrical engineer and the software background of a computer scientist. Computer engineers can choose to specialize in areas such as very large scale integrated (VLSI) systems design, embedded systems, electronic design automation and networks and communications.
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What is Computer Engineering?
University of Delaware
Computer engineering applies electrical engineering principles to the design of computers, networks of computers, or sometimes systems that include computers. Although traditionally part of electrical engineering, computer engineering has now come to be recognized as a separate engineering field.
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Agricultural Process Engineering
S. M. Henderson
Agricultural Engineering graduates may improve crop production system, design animal facilities, analyze food production systems, or test machinery. They must have strong analytical stills and be detail oriented. In addition, they must work well in team situations as they are often called upon to work in a group setting with other engineers and with others outside of engineering.
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Agricultural Engineering
Sloan Career Cornerstone
Agricultural engineers apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agriculture. They design agricultural machinery and equipment and agricultural structures. Some specialties include power systems and machinery design; structures and environment; and food and bioprocess engineering. They develop ways to conserve soil and water and to improve the processing of agricultural products. Agricultural engineers work in research and development, production, sales, or management.
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Land and Water Engineering
H. N. van Lier
Land and Water Engineering are becoming increasingly important globally for the future of humankind. There are at least two main reasons for this growing significance: First, it is well understood that, aside from several other means, the wise use of land and water will play a key role in the provision of enough good food for future generations. Despite all types of programs and policies, the global population still increases and most probably will continue to do so for the next half century or so. This means that more food and fiber will be necessary. At the same time the demand for food changes in terms of types and quality. There is undoubtedly an increase with regard to the demand for high-quality food with a larger variety in daily nutrition. Both effects mean an increased concern for better land use and improved agricultural water management to provide for future food requirements.
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Industrial Engineering Roles In Industry
IIE-IAB
Industrial Engineers work to make things better, be they processes, products or systems • Typical focus areas include: Project Management, Manufacturing, Production and Distribution, Supply Chain Management Productivity, Methods and Process Engineering, Quality Measurement and Improvement, Program Management, Ergonomics/Human Factors, Technology Development and Transfer, Strategic Planning, Management of Change, and Financial Engineering.
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Industrial Engineering Defined
ise.ncsu.edu
In general, industrial engineering is concerned with the design of production and service systems. The industrial engineer analyzes and specifies integrated components of people, machines, materials, and facilities to create efficient and effective systems that produce goods and services beneficial to mankind. Industrial engineers are the bridge between management goals and operational performance. They are expected to exert leadership in workplace education as well as analysis, design and implementation of systems and plans for operating those systems that bring value to the organization. Industrial engineers identify opportunities for improvement with equipment, materials, methods, layouts, and they develop plans. Below are examples of fields or careers in industrial engineering.
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Handbook of Industrial Engineering
Gavriel Salvendy
This will provide you a handbook for industrial engineering.
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Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering
Prentice Hall
This book is intended to serve as an introduction to the principles and techniques used in the field of chemical engineering as well as biological, petroleum, and environmental engineering. Although the range of subjects deemed to be in the province of chemical engineering has broadened over the last twenty years, the basic principles of this field of study remain the same. This book presents the foundation of specific skills and information that are required for the successful undergraduate and postgraduate study of chemical engineering as well as the professional practice of chemical engineering. Moreover, your remaining chemical engineering classes will rely heavily on the skills that you will develop in this course: your ability to solve abstract problems as well as the application of material and energy balances. One can view the study of the field of chemical engineering as a tree with material and energy balances being the trunk and the subjects of thermodynamics, fluid flow, heat transfer, mass transfer, reactor kinetics, process control, and process design being the branches off the trunk.
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Chemical Engineering Overview
Sloan Career Cornerstone
It would take too long to list all the products that are impacted by chemical engineers, but knowing what industries employ them may help you comprehend the scope of their work. Chemical engineers work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, polymers, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among others. Within these industries, chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science, particularly chemistry, to overcome technical problems safely and economically. And, of course, they draw upon and apply their engineering knowledge to solve any technical challenges they encounter. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that chemical engineers only make things, though. Their expertise is also applied in the area of law, education, publishing, finance, and medicine, as well as many other fields that require technical training.
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Chemical Engineers Handbook
McGraw Hill
Perry’s has been an important source for chemical engineering information since 1934. The significant contributions of the editors who have guided preparation of the previous editions is acknowledged. These include John H. Perry (first to third editions), Robert H. Perry (fourth to sixth editions), Cecil H. Chilton (fourth and fifth editions), and Sidney D. Kirkpatrick (fourth edition). Ray Genereaux (DuPont) contributed to each of the first six editions, and Shelby Miller (Argonne National Lab) worked on the second through the seventh. The current editors directed both the sixth and seventh editions. Advances in the technology of chemical engineering have continued as we have moved toward the twenty-first century, and this edition will carry us into that century
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