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Technical Writing for Environmental Engineers by Emily Coolidge Toker, Joan Giblin

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CHAPTER 2

COMMON TYPES OF TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS

Environmental engineers write a great deal: to convey information, solicit business, report on problems, communicate investigation findings, propose solutions, and inform others of their work. Engineers use technical documents as the primary method to communicate data and results. Over time, common document templates became popular because of their effectiveness and efficiency. Taking the time to understand the function of each section in a technical document will facilitate the writing process. The goal of the document and the audience will guide the report choice. This chapter covers the most common elements of reports and presents draft outlines of common report types.

2.1 WRITING CONSIDERATIONS ...

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