Construction Calculations Manual

1st Edition

Authors: Sidney Levy
Paperback ISBN: 9780123822437
eBook ISBN: 9780123822444
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 23rd September 2011
Page Count: 700
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Construction Calculations is a manual that provides end users with a comprehensive guide for many of the formulas, mathematical vectors and conversion factors that are commonly encountered during the design and construction stages of a construction project. It offers readers detailed calculations, applications and examples needed in site work, cost estimation, piping and pipefitting, and project management. The book also serves as a refresher course for some of the formulas and concepts of geometry and trigonometry.

The book is divided into sections that present the common components of construction. The first section of the books starts with a refresher discussion of unit and systems measurement; its origin and evolution; the standards of length, mass and capacity; terminology and tables; and notes of metric, U.S, and British units of measurements. The following concepts are presented and discussed throughout the book:
Conversion tables and formulas, including the Metric Conversion Law and conversion factors for builders and design professionals Calculations and formulas of geometry, trigonometry and physics in construction Rudiments of excavation, classification, use of material, measurement and payment Soil classification and morphology, including its physicochemical properties Formulas and calculations needed for soil tests and evaluations and for the design of retaining structures Calculations relating to concrete and masonry Calculations of the size/weight of structural steel and other metals Mechanical properties of wood and processing of wood products Calculations relating to sound and thermal transmission Interior finishes, plumbing and HVAC calculations Electrical formulas and calculations Construction managers and engineers, architects, contractors, and beginners in engineering, architecture, and construction will find this practical guide useful for managing all aspects of construction.

Key Features

  • Work in and convert between building dimensions, including metric
  • Built-in right-angle solutions
  • Areas, volumes, square-ups
  • Complete stair layouts
  • Roof, rafter and framing solutions
  • Circle: arcs, circumference, segments


  • Work in and convert between building dimensions, including metric
  • Built-in right-angle solutions
  • Areas, volumes, square-ups
  • Complete stair layouts
  • Roof, rafter and framing solutions
  • Circle: arcs, circumference, segments

Table of Contents


Section 1. The National Institute of Standards and Testing (NIST)

Appendix B: Units and Systems of Measurement: Their Origin, Development, and Present Status

Appendix C: General Tables of Units of Measurement

Section 2. Conversion Tables and Conversion Formulas

2.0.0 Executive Order 12770—The Metric Conversion Law

2.0.1 Inches to Feet Conversion Table

2.0.2 Inches to Centimeter Conversion

2.0.3 Centimeter to Inches Conversion

2.0.4 Feet to Meters Conversion

2.0.5 Meters to Feet Conversion

2.0.6 Acres to Hectares Conversion

2.0.7 Hectares to Acres Conversion

2.0.8 Square Inch to Square Feet Conversion

2.0.9 Square Feet to Square Inch Conversion

2.0.10 Square Feet to Square Mile Conversion

2.0.11 Square Mile to Square Feet Conversion

2.0.12 Square Feet to Acres Conversion

2.0.13 Acres to Square Feet Conversion

2.0.14 Square Yard to Square Meter Conversion Table

2.0.15 Square Meter to Square Yard Conversion Table

2.0.16 Square Mile to Square Meter Conversion Table

2.0.17 Square Meter to Square Mile Conversion Table

2.0.18 Square Mile to Hectare Conversion Table

2.0.19 Hectare to Square Mile Conversion Table

2.0.20 Miles to Kilometers Conversion

2.0.21 Kilometers to Miles Conversion

2.0.22 Pounds to Kilograms Conversion

2.0.23 Kilograms to Pounds Conversion

2.0.24 Fahrenheit to Celsius Conversion

2.0.25 Celsius to Fahrenheit Temperature Conversion

2.0.26 Fahrenheit to Rankine Temperature Conversion

2.0.27 Rankine to Fahrenheit Temperature Conversion

2.1.0 Converting Water from One Form to Another

2.1.1 U.S. and Metric Lumber Length Conversion Table

2.2.0 Conversion Factors—Energy, Volume, Length, Weight, Liquid

2.3.0 Conversion of Liquids—Specific Gravity to Degrees Baume


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About the Author

Sidney Levy