Recommended Reading For Construction Industry Professionals

Engineering or Surveying Book of the Month.

Every month on this page you will find a book that we feel is recommended reading for either Site Engineers, Site Surveyors or any professional within the construction industry. 


January 2020.

With the impending IR35 Rules being implemented to the private sector in April 2020, this months recommended read has to be on this subject. We have already recommended the book Beat IR35 previously, so this month we are looking at the book Freedom to Freelance by Philip Ross.

In this book, Philip Ross tells the story of the IR35 legislation from the very beginning back in 1999.


December 2019.

This months recommended book is the Quantity Surveyors Pocket Book. This popular book is now in its 3rd edition and has been updated in line with NRM1, NRM2 and NRM3.

The book focuses on data, techniques and skills required in successfully carrying out the quantity surveyor role.


November 2019.

With the impending expansion of the IR35 rules to the private sector this months recommended read is the book Beat IR35: The Ultimate guide to IR35 for Contractors, Agencies and Clients by Dave Chaplin.

This book will help make sure that you have the knowledge at your fingertips to navigate the minefield that will be unleashed in April 2020 with the expansion of the IR35 Rules to the private sector.

If you want to find out how I believe you should be positioning yourself for the IR35 Rules in April 2020 then have a look at this article on the IR35 Rules and the Freelance Engineer.


August 2019.

This months recommended read is a book that has just been released. It is Building Your Future by Greg Wilkes.

This book is aimed at business owners in the construction and service industries who want to grow their business and increase their profitability.

Greg Wilkes shares his knowledge gained during over 20 years running successful construction companies and sharing the many lessons he has learned the hard way.

If you have a prime reading membership then you can read this book for free.


July 2019.

This months recommended read is from the Institute of Civil Engineers and is part of their Design and Practice Guides within the field of Civil Engineering.

This book, produced in conjunction with the Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors, highlights the importance of setting out and surveying throughout the construction phase of a civil engineering project. It highlights the fact that the role of the site engineer is crucial in the successful delivery of often complex tasks where the risks of getting it wrong are massively more costly to the perceived cost of the role of the site engineer.

Also covered is the use of GPS surveying equipment and its increasing use on construction sites and the many pitfalls that site engineers find when using GPS Equipment for setting out.

Check out the availability and price on Amazon using this link.


June 2019.

Site Engineers Manual by David K. Doran

The Site Engineers Manual is a valuable book based on practical site engineering experience that leads to good working practices. It is very useful as an aide-memoire for Site Engineers.

This book is also very handy for students that are about to graduate a civil engineering course and are about to embark on their first role on a construction site.

Check out the current prices for this book on amazon.


May 2019.

The Oxford Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering.

This book is useful for all people within the construction and surveying industries.  If you ever get bamboozled with terms, then this book will help you.  In construction, ABS does not stand for Anti-Lock Braking System, ABS means Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, which is commonly used in lavatory seats!!!

Aimed primarily at the UK market, this book does also reference US terms as well.  It also contains commonly used conventions with formula and symbols to help any site engineer or surveyor.