Concrete is everywhere: Buildings, fountains, parking decks, locks and dams, roads and bridges, and myriad other constructions. Because of its long lifespan, high workability, and near-worldwide availability, concrete is the preferred building material for large structures, especially those subject to hydraulic pressure.
Not all concrete structures require protection from the ingress of water or other fluids, but those that do require a properly installed waterstop in and along their concrete joints. The concrete joint is the most likely point of leakage and waterstops are uniquely designed to prevent this. This book’s sole purpose is to educate the reader on all facets of waterstop.
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An Excellent Read for Novices and Experts
This is an incredibly well-written book, but before I dig into the details of it, I would like to give you a little background on me. I am a software developer in the oil and gas industry writing scheduling software for refined products, and our company is in the middle of “in service” training as a refresher course on pipeline operations. We recently went over tanks, terminals and storage of refined products, and I began to do some of my own research into their construction, specifically how their joints were made watertight. I was fortunate enough to find this book in the iTunes bookstore and I picked it up and read it right away.
From schematics, diagrams, site photos and even instructional videos, this book really takes advantage of the iBook format to display a wide selection of information on a single page. As the author says on page 10, this book is “brief by design” and it truly is. Some may be concerned about the 164 page count, but many of these pages are the aforementioned schematics and videos that help enrich the experience. As a visual learner, I was impressed with the detail and frequency of the various media files embedded in the book, and as a reader who is unfamiliar with the industry, I found the author's conversational tone to be comforting, especially when addressing technical material. The book does a great job of explaining the different types of waterstop, the chemicals used to make it, the pros and cons of different construction materials and waterstop types, and it cites the sources used and provides hyper-links to various websites. Mr. Poole has done a great job aggregating his expansive knowledge of the waterstop field into a light, compact medium. I highly recommend his book.