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Beginning with the Fall 2020 Semester, a text will replace the previous reading materials.
This text will be a handy desktop reference for civil engineers in practice
and the text is available for purchase at
Students enrolled in CE-401 MAY find the full text useful
during the Seminar and as a reference for
their personal library.

The text has been 40 years in the making
as the content and approach to CE 401 has evolved
with annual changes and three major transformations in 1987, 2000, and 2018.
The final transformation to the CANVAS system was still evolving in 2020.
When the COVID-19 crisis prevented in person meetings
for the final 2 months of the Spring 2020 semester,
the transformation to CANVAS was instrumental
to a relatively seamless transition to online instruction for the balance of the Seminar,
and the time arrived to finalize the text project.

University of Kentucky regulations prohibit a Professor
from mandating his students to purchase a text authored by that Professor.
Therefore, purchase of the text is optional for students enrolled in CE 401,
and each enrolled student will
receive a weekly electronic installment
of the relevant portion of the text to facilitate participation
in the weekly discussions, quizzes, and in class conversations.

The text is available in print at
will print the book on demand at the time of purchase and ship the book to you.
offers several shipping options using USPS and UPS,
and the estimated time for delivery is provided, ranging from a few days
to about 14 days depending on the method of shipment.

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The manuscript of the book has been updated as of early December 2020 to incorporate all Errata items identified over the course of the Fall 2020 semester. The currently available text includes these December 2020 revisions. The manuscript for the text will be revised again following the Spring 2021 semester, and texts purchased after June 1, 2021 will incorporate these corrections and revisions.


On May 8, 2020, Richard Cheeks completed his 40th consecutive year as an adjunct professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. During his tenure, Mr. Cheeks has introduced two generations of Kentucky Civil Engineers to the non-technical aspects of engineering practice.


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