Archive for November, 2007

Learning from Accidents

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

accident.jpgBy Trevor Kletz

Fully revised and updated, the third edition of Learning from Accidents provides more information on accident investigation, including coverage of accidents involving liquefied gases, building collapse and other incidents that have occurred because faults were invisible (e.g. underground pipelines).

By analysing accidents that have occurred Trevor Kletz shows how we can learn and thus be better able to prevent accidents happening again. Looking at a wide range of incidents, covering the process industries, nuclear industry and transportation, he analyses each accident in a practical and non-theoretical fashion and summarises each with a chain of events showing the prevention and mitigation which could have occurred at every stage.

At all times Learning from Accidents, 3rd Edition emphasises cause and prevention rather than human interest or cleaning up the mess. Anyone involved in accident investigation and reporting of whatever sort and all those who work in industry, whether in design, operations or loss prevention will find this book full of invaluable guidance and advice.

Completely up-dated.

Shows, by analysing accidents that have occurred, how we can learn from them, and prevent the same accidents happening again. (Description from Call number: HD7269 .C45 K43 2001

Still Going Wrong! Case histories of process plant disasters and how thay could have been avoided

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

still.jpgBy Trevor Kletz

Trevor Kletz’s classic book, “What Went Wrong?”, revolutionized the way industry views safety. This completely new volume, “Still Going Wrong!” continues and extends the practices and wisdom of the original while focusing on innovations and strategies that Kletz and others have pioneered over the last decade.

Kletz reinforces the messages in his now-classic book of famous case histories, but Still Going Wrong! hits on many new points, such as how many accidents occur through simple miscommunications within the organization and how simple changes in design can often remove or reduce opportunities for human errors.

Like What Went Wrong?, this new volume discusses the technical causes of accidents, but Still Going Wrong! pays closer attention to the underlying weaknesses in the management and design systems that made it possible for the technical errors to occur in the first place. All new material treating the hazards of corrosion, and numerous new topics, including: maintenance, entry into confined spaces, materials of construction (including insulation), explosions, leaks, reactions-planned and unplanned, accident investigation, and missed opportunities. These are only some of the highlights of this new classic. (Description from Call number: TP155.5 .K539 2003

What Went Wrong? Case histories of process plant disasters

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

disasters.jpgBy Trevor Kletz

Expert Trevor Kletz examines the causes and aftermaths of numerous plant disasters–almost every one of which could have been prevented. Case histories illustrate what went wrong, why it went wrong, and then guide you in how to circumvent similar tragedies.

Learn from the mistakes of others. This invaluable and respected book examines the causes and aftermaths of numerous plant disasters – almost every one of which could have been prevented. Case histories illustrate what went wrong and why it went wrong, and then guide you in how to circumvent similar tragedies.

* Learn from the mistakes of others with this important book!

* Examines the causes and aftermaths of numerous plant disasters – most of which could have been prevented

* Case histories illustrate what went wrong, why it went wrong, and then guide you in how to circumvent similar tragedies

(Description from Call number: TP155 .K54 1998

The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

soa.jpgBy Sandy Carter

There is now a direct, provable link between an organization’s flexibility and business performance. To optimize flexibility, companies must achieve unprecedented levels of integration and automation of key processes and infrastructure, both internally and externally. At the same time, they must learn to manage their processes far more dynamically and responsively.

They must become flex-pon-sive*.

Until recently, technology stood in the way of achieving these goals. Thanks to the emergence of service oriented architecture (SOA), Web 2.0, and open standards, technology now enables companies to achieve those goals. In The New Language of Business, one of IBM’s top SOA strategist demonstrates how business leaders can use innovations in technology to drive dramatic process improvements and support accelerating change.

Sandy Carter shows how to deconstruct your business into a “componentized” business model, then support that model with linked, repeatable IT services that can adapt quickly, easily, and economically. These techniques will help both IT professionals and business leaders reach new levels of operational excellence to deliver the market-focused innovations that matter most.

* Flex-pon-sive* companies respond with lightning speed and agility to rapidly changing business needs. Flex-pon-sive* companies are focused on processes that are enabled for change through IT. (Description from

Social Information Retreival Systems: Emerging Technologies and Applications for Searching the Web Effectively

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

soc.jpgBy Schubert Foo (ed)

Answering the increasing demand for  authoritative resources on Internet technologies, this book provides relevant content in the areas of information retrieval systems, services, and research. (Description from Books 24×7)

Simulation and Modeling: Current Technologies and Applications

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

simulation.jpgBy Asim Abdel Rahman El Sheikh, et al.

Combining different methods, views, theories, and applications of simulations, this book offers insight into the computer science aspect of simulation and modeling while integrating the business practices of SM.   (Description from Books 24×7)

Semantic Web Services: Theory, Tools and Applications

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

semantic.jpgBy Jorge Cardoso

Serving as the platform for exchange of both practical technologies and far reaching research, this book brings contributions from researchers and scientists to study, understand, and explore the theory, tools, and applications of the Semantic Web. (Description from

Professional Excel Services

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

excel.jpgBy Shahar Prish

With this unique resource, you’ll discover how to unlock the power behind Excel Services in order to effectively utilize server-side spreadsheet calculation and rendering. It walks you through all programming aspects of Excel Services, covering everything from APIs to UDFs (User Defined Functions). You’ll quickly gain a strong understanding of what Excel Services is, how to work with it, and how to develop applications using its robust features.
Written by the senior software development engineer for Excel Services, this book first provides you with detailed explanations about the various programmability options Excel Services offers. You’ll then gain an inside look into the problematic areas that you must avoid. And you’ll find ideas for solutions that you can create using this server technology. This information will help you extend and work against Excel Services as you develop business-critical applications. (Description from

Photoshop CS3 Bible

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

photo.jpgBy Laurie Ulrich Fuller et al

The bestselling Photoshop guide just got better

Photoshop CS3 has lots of new features, and this practical guide can help. You’ll learn to work with the CS3 interface and many new and improved commands — including enhanced selection tools, a more powerful Clone Stamp, new Vanishing Point capabilities, and added Animation and Timeline features. You’ll also discover how to create super special effects, build great composite images, and perform true miracles with your digital and 3D images, whether they’re bound for print, the Web, or handheld devices.

  • Master the new workspace, from the toolbox to the palettes to the Bridge
  • Correct color and lighting, restore damaged images of all kinds
  • Take control of your images with selections, masks, and filters
  • Bring words into your pictures and make text flow along a path
  • Explore advanced topics, tricks, and specialized techniques

(Description from

Outside- in Software Development: a Practical Approach to Building Successful Stakeholder- based Products

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

outside.jpgCarl Kessler and John Sweitzer

Imagine your ideal development project. It will deliver exactly what your clients need. It will achieve broad, rapid, enthusiastic adoption. And it will be designed and built by a productive, high-morale team of expert software professionals. Using this book’s breakthrough “outside-in” approach to software development, your next project can be that ideal project.

In Outside-in Software Development, two of IBM’s most respected software leaders, Carl Kessler and John Sweitzer, show you how to identify the stakeholders who’ll determine your project’s real value, shape every decision around their real needs, and deliver software that achieves broad, rapid, enthusiastic adoption.

The authors present an end-to-end framework and practical implementation techniques any development team can quickly benefit from, regardless of project type or scope. Using their proven approach, you can improve the effectiveness of every client conversation, define priorities with greater visibility and clarity, and make sure all your code delivers maximum business value. (Description from