Engineering in Emergencies: A Practical Guide for Relief Workers

Engineering in Emergencies: A Practical Guide for Relief Workers


Edited by Robert Lambert, Edited by Jan Davis

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  • Publisher: ITDG Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 738 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 43mm | 1,111g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853395218
  • ISBN 13: 9781853395215
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 263 black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 202,363

Product description

This is a hugely successful practical handbook for all relief workers involved in giving humanitarian assistance. It provides the information needed to implement an effective engineering response in the aftermath of an emergency. This second edition maintains the practical content of the first but has been revised and updated to reflect developments in humanitarian relief in recent years. The combination of "hard" topics, such as water and sanitation, and "soft" topics, such as managerial skills and personal effectiveness, has been retained from the original edition and the book expanded to include two new chapters on security and telecommunications. The new second edition will be available both as a paperback book, and a hardwearing field edition with pvc cover and handy CD-ROM included for portability. "Engineering in Emergencies" was developed in collaboration with the agency RedR - Engineers for Disaster Relief

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Author information

Jan Davis is a chartered engineer with experience in both emergency relief and long-term development. He has worked for Oxfam as an emergency water engineer and is currently a Senior Training Officer responsible for delivering RedR's training programme. Robert Lambert is Director of RedR. An engineer with over 15 years' experience in Africa and elsewhere, he has extensive experience in selecting, preparing, training and debriefing a wide range of professionals for humanitarian relief work.

Review quote

Praise for the first edition: '"this is an outstanding book and a major landmark in its field." John G. Evans, CIWEM.

Table of contents

Contents in detail; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Emergencies; 2 The humanitarian relief system; 3 Personal effectiveness; 4 Personal security; 5 Assessment and planning; 6 Management; 7 Logistics; 8 Telecommunications; 9 Environmental health; 10 Environmental sanitation; 11 Emergency water supply; 12 Water source development; 13 Water storage, treatment and distribution; 14 Pumps; 15 Mechanical plant; 16 Electrical plant; 17 Vehicles; 18 Roads, crossings and airstrips; 19 Shelter and built infrastructure; 20 Temporary settlements; Appendices; Bibliography; Index