This book is the result of a working life spent working on industrial, ­community, and domestic projects. I have learnt my trade as a result of working with many project engineers and managers of the ­previous ­generation to mine and of my peer generation, in many different ­countries; most of them will never know the debt I owe to them. Special thanks must go to my young ex-colleagues at AVL Graz for the help in developing project strategies that combined our acquired wisdom with 21st century technology.

Thanks goes to Dr Aarathi Prasad and Dr Michael Brooks who gave me the confidence to undertake this writing project, to Wendy Lantos for her proofreading, to Mark Warner for his help and diagram, and to my wife Diana for her ...

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