Solutions for Climate Change Challenges in the Built Environment
Colin A. Booth, Felix N. Hammond, Jessica E. Lamond and David G. Proverbs, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, 352 pp., $115 (book).
Released as a part of the Innovation in the Built Environment series, this book is for the construction industry. The series combines research and topics of relevance for the construction industry.
This book has an international perspective drawing from research and case studies worldwide. The book has 25 chapters with 35 contributors creating an encyclopedia-like structure with detailed information on topics included.
The book is a reference tool and not necessarily a book to read from front to back. The five main themes explored are: climate change experiences; urban landscape development; urban management issues; measurement of impact; and the future.
The book will be useful to those working in and studying climate issues as related to the built environment. Specialists in the quality field exploring the effects on climate and the environment by the built environment will find the book useful as a reference resource.
It is assumed other books in the series are formatted the same and they also can be useful in ensuring quality as a process and a result in the designing, building, managing and monitoring results from the built environment. The multidisciplinary approach offers a comprehensive overview of issues that improve the understanding of how built environment activities may result in global warming and climate change.
The book is recommended as a resource to those involved in maintaining quality in the environment while supporting construction enterprises. In addition, the book might spark ideas related to organizing publications to offer an encyclopedic exploration of complex topics like this series offers.
Using the Weibull Distribution: Reliability, Modeling and Inference
John I. McCool, Wiley, 2012, 368 pp., $120 (book).
The Swedish scientist and professor, Waloddi Weibull, suggested in 1951 a statistical model, which has been named the Weibull distribution. Because of its flexibility by using a form and a shape parameter, the Weibull distribution is widely used in science and engineering for various modeling situations.
After an introduction to general statistical methods—particularly related to the Weibull distribution—many other analytical and graphical methods are discussed, such as optimum burn-in time, age and block replacement policies, warranties, renewal theory, inference and goodness-of-fit testing.
The book is well-written, and covers basic and more advanced applications and statistical methods and models related to the Weibull distribution.
A lot of real-world examples illustrate the topics, and each chapter concludes with exercises. The book is also well-balanced between statistical theory and more intuitive explanations.
This book is excellent for courses on quality control and reliability engineering. It is also a valuable reference for engineers, scientists, and those who gather and interpret data that could be modeled by the Weibull distribution.
Luleå University of Technology
Margaret A. Byrnes and Jeanne C. Baxter, ASQ Quality Press, 2012, 352 pp., $32 member, $53 list (second edition, book).
This book oozes "make it happen." It provides all the tools to introduce, understand and implement quality using the Baldrige criteria in education and the classroom. While most books on Baldrige focus only on the criteria itself, this book provides an introduction to quality management, its tools, how they can be applied in concert with the criteria and how they can be used through examples.
The authors are experienced Baldrige examiners and have years of experience as teachers applying quality and the Baldrige criteria in schools and classrooms.
The book is very much a workbook and training guide to help implement Baldrige-based quality. It is an excellent resource full of real-life case studies, examples, activities, templates, tools, selection charts and plenty of hands-on tips. The book refers to schools where Baldrige was applied successfully and cites schools using the template provided.
This book is ideal for classroom teachers in training and at all levels to improve their classroom systems and engage their students in quality. This book shows how quality can not only be used by educators, but that it also can be taught to students from elementary through high school.
Business Excellence Consulting
G José Rodríguez-Pérez, ASQ Quality Press, 2012, 294, $32 member, $53 list (book and CD-ROM).
Together, the book and CD-ROM create a logical approach with references and insights into the many issues that make up today’s risk management discussions. The author includes all healthcare products—drugs, biologics and medical devices—in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated industry.
As the book opens, the author describes some earlier healthcare tragedies that have provided the framework for today’s FDA.
The author provides an easy-to-read description of the topic. He lists the processes along with a history of risk, which is further supported by a CD-ROM. The CD-ROM also contains many useful documents, further supplemented with a primer that uses a question and answer format.
In terms of organization and format, the book is comprehensive. It contains a list of figures and tables, acronyms, a preface, acknowledgements, a table of contents, four appendixes, a glossary, a bibliography and an index.
In addition to its wealth of information, the book comes with a CD-ROM containing PDF copies of risk-related documents. Lastly, the CD-ROM contains a 30-question test that frames the risk discussion and analysis, along with an answer key.
As reviewers, we get surprises once in a while, and this book was certainly that. It’s useful for anyone working with healthcare products—especially medical devices. This thorough approach to risk in healthcare products is a great find, it’s easy to read and quite handy.
- The International Banking
System: Capital Adequacy, Core Business and Risk Management
Felix Lessambo, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 384 pp., $70 (book).
- Enterprise Performance
Management Done Right
Ron Dimon, Wiley, 2013, 186 pp., $50 (book).
- Achieving a Safe and Reliable Product: A Guide to
E.F. "Bud" Gookins, ASQ Quality Press, 2012, 144 pp., $29 member, $48 list (book).
Intelligence for Project Managers
Anthony Mersino, Amacom, 2013, 288 pp., $19.95 (second edition, book).