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UEL engineering lecturers contribute to national construction textbook

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Academics wrote chapters on surveying, estimating, graphical detailing

University of East London (UEL) academics have contributed to a new edition of a national text book for further education students studying construction and surveying.

Mike Hurst (right), Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Civil Engineering, wrote chapters on  surveying, construction maths, and graphical detailing for the BTEC National Construction Student Book, 3rd edition, published by Pearson.

His colleague Dr Sohrab Donyavi (left), Programme Leader of the MSc Construction Engineering Management course, wrote a chapter on tendering and estimating.

Mr Hurst said, “This is a really outstanding textbook for students, giving them an up-to-date and rigorous understanding of the complex issues around modern construction. 

“I think it also shows that UEL has expert staff who know the subjects inside out, are up-to-date with the latest developments, and can teach it in a way that students will understand. 

“It’s not exactly a claim to fame, but a lot of our new students from colleges in east London and Essex recognise my name from the book. It helps get the year off to a good start.” 

Other topics in the textbook include construction design, construction technology, surveying in construction, and management of a construction project.

The built environment – the multifaceted world of construction and engineering – is a flagship area of study at UEL. 

The 2017-2021 Construction Skills Network report by the Construction Industry Training Board predicts the number of workers employed in the construction sector will reach 2.69 million by 2021.

The same report projects that the UK construction industry will need to recruit 36,000 people per year from 2017 to 2021.