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These books, CDs, and videos have been reviewed by our staff or by our clients. The materials were found to be valuable professional reference and training tools. We have authored a successful technical book, video, and training materials that were used worldwide. That experience gives us a better appreciation of the needs of our niche readers. It has also served us well in seeking out, finding, and in critically reviewing the materials we list.

“Environmental Remediation Cost Data - Assemblies”
Published by
R. S. Means Company, Inc. (5th Ed. 1999)

 

This R.S.Means book provides current costs for thousands of “assembly “ items. They are the line items that comprise the project costs for the major environmental site remediation technologies. The “assembly” items are numerically coded. Coding follows the “U.S. Government Interagency Code of Accounts” system. This is an evolving standard for organizing environmental remediation costs.

  For example, Air Stripping may be defined as a major process for removing volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from contaminated groundwater at a site. The “packed tower” air stripper is the most widely used assembly of equipment for affecting that removal. There could be hundreds of assembly items comprising a packed tower.

  An example might be the combined lineal foot price and cost of installation of 2 inch, Class 200, PVC piping; according to the OSHA safety level required at a particular site. This book gives that total cost, per foot, for five different operating-site safety levels. The greater the site hazards, and the more numerous the operating safety precautions to be taken, the higher the cost.

  NST Engineers found that readers wanting to know finer details of that cost estimate can refer to the same assembly number in the companion R.S.Means book “Environmental Remediation Cost Data - Unit Costs”. The “Assemblies” book gives an overview of the items required for a project, but assumes that the reader knows more detail about the required assembly items. Readers wanting more information on cleanup processes, and all of the factors entering into project estimation in this field, should refer to “Environmental Remediation Estimating Methods” by the same publisher.

  The NST Engineers, Inc. reviewers, from the viewpoint of remediation consulting engineers, find this book to be a great time-saver. Especially for those estimating costs for projects involving technology and operations with which they do not have a long background of experience.

  The NST Engineers reviewers believe this book will be valuable to all: site owners, engineering consultants, environmental course students, environmental regulators, construction managers, cost estimators, and insurance and financing providers. They will each benefit from a better understanding of the current costs and cost factors involved in the major technologies being used in site remediation.

  To find out more about this book, or to order it online, just enter its ISBN (same as the ASN) number:087629526X in the Amazon.com keyword search box.

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