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Handbook of Measurements

Benchmarks for Systems Accuracy and Precision, 1st Edition

Edited by Adedeji B. Badiru, LeeAnn Racz

CRC Press

706 pages | 270 B/W Illus.

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Planning, measuring, and paying attention to details form the basis for all successful engineering operations. Measurements pervade everything we do and must be viewed from a systems perspective. A comprehensive all-encompassing guide to measurements, Handbook of Measurements: Benchmarks for Systems Accuracy and Precision focuses on high-level engineering computations essential for benchmarks and technical innovation. The book uses a systems framework and a technically rigorous approach to systems linking of measurements—an approach that sets it apart from other handbooks.

The popular saying "measure twice and cut once" bears out the importance of measurements in human endeavors. This handbook covers both qualitative and quantitative topics of measurement. It opens with a chapter on the fundamentals of measurement and includes coverage of human-centric measurements, such as measurement of personnel productivity and contractor performance. It concludes with three appendices on measurement, references, conversion factors, equations, formulas, and statistics for measurement.

It is well understood that humans cannot manage anything that cannot be measured. All elements involved in our day-to-day decision making involve some form of measurement, whether in the kitchen, retail, sports, service operations, geographical exploration, health care delivery, worker productivity, clothing design, engineering product design, or space craft launching. Measuring an attribute of a system and then analyzing it against some standard, some specification, some best practice, or some benchmark empower a decision maker to take appropriate and timely actions. This book gives you a guide for sustainable practices to ensure accurate measurements, helping you make decisions backed by metrics.


"This text fills an important gap in literature by condensing the subject of measurements into a single volume and hence acts as a reference material for students, practicing academics, and professionals wishing to take a systemic view of their subject domain."

—Dr Titus Kehinde Olaniyi, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria

"Badiru (Air Force Institute of Technology) and Racz (RAF Lakenheath, UK) have gathered the efforts of a wide array of scientists, engineers, academics, and professionals in this excellently curated collection. Beyond the basics of physical measurements and general statistical analysis, this book features well-chosen, cross-disciplinary chapters focusing on many different types of study. From investigating human factors and health to risk assessment and forecasting, economics, and science, chapter contributors address the most common devices, tests, limitations, and issues affecting their area of expertise. While many sections include some higher-level math and statistical techniques, these are usually contextualized in a way that is open to those simply getting started in the field. Lower-level readers may especially appreciate the history of and basic introduction to discipline-specific techniques, as well as an excellent appendix of definitions and illustrations of statistical concepts. As more fields and universities feature data-driven programs and research, more scholars are looking for materials that will introduce them to study techniques and methods. The Handbook of Measurements works well as both a quick reference and a more in-depth look into the issues affecting research in a wide variety of fields."

—CHOICE, July 2016 Issue

"Handbook of Measurements fills an important gap in measurement references, and I strongly recommend it to a wide audience of engineering educators, students, and practicing engineers in industry who are interested in the subject of measurements."

IEEE Industrial Electronics, September 2016

Table of Contents

Fundamentals of Measurement

Adedeji B. Badiru

Human Factors Measurement

Farman A. Moayed

Measurements of Environmental Health

LeeAnn Racz and Dirk Yamamoto

Measurement of Environmental Contamination

Stuart A. Willison, Matthew L. Magnuson, Adrian S. Hanley, and David W. Nehrkorn

Measurement of Land

Justin D. Delorit

Measuring Building Performance

Steven J. Schuldt

Energy Systems Measurements

Olufemi A. Omitaomu

Economic Systems Measurement

LeeAnn Racz

Measurement and Quantum Mechanics

David E. Weeks

Social Science Measurement

John J. Elshaw

Systems Interoperability Measurement

Thomas C. Ford

A Generalized Measurement Model to Quantify Health: The Multiattribute Preference Response Model

Paul F. M. Krabbe

Evolution of Large-Scale Dimensional Metrology from the Viewpoint of Scientific Articles and Patents

Fiorenzo Franceschini, Domenico Maisano, and Paola Pedone

Gaussian-Smoothed Wigner Function and Its Application to Precision Analysis

Hai-Woong Lee

Measurement Issues in Performance-Based Logistics

Kenneth Doerr, Donald R. Eaton, and Ira A. Lewis

Data Processing and Acquisition Systems

Livio Conti, Vittorio Sgrigna, David Zilpimiani, and Dario Aßante

Part A: Visualization of Big Data: Current Trends

Isaac J. Donaldson, Sandra C. Hom, Thomas Housel, Johnathan Mun, and Trent Silkey

Part B: Visualization of Big Data: Ship Maintenance Metrics Analysis

Isaac J. Donaldson, Sandra Hom, Thomas Housel, Johnathan Mun, and Trent Silkey

Defining and Measuring the Success of Services Contracts

Patrick Hagan, Joseph Spede, and Trisha Sutton

Measurement of Personnel Productivity: During Government Furlough Programs

Adedeji B. Badiru

Measurement Risk Analysis

Adedeji B. Badiru

Data Modeling for Forecasting

Adedeji B. Badiru

Mathematical Measurement of Project Parameters for Multiresource Control

Adedeji B. Badiru

Measurement and Control of Imprecision in Engineering Design

Ronald E. Giachetti

Fuzzy Measurements in Systems Modeling

Adedeji B. Badiru

Using Metrics to Manage Contractor Performance

R. Marshall Engelbeck

Low-Clutter Method for Bistatic RCS Measurement

Peter J. Collins

A: Measurement References and Conversion Factors

B: Measurement Equations and Formulas

Slides of Statistics for Measurement

About the Editors

Adedeji Badiru is a Professor of Systems Engineering at the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. His areas of interest include mathematical modeling, project modeling, economic analysis, and productivity analysis and improvement. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his teaching, research, service, publications, and managerial accomplishments.

LeeAnn Racz is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force and currently serves as a Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight Commander at RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom. Her past assignments have included Deputy Head of the Department of Systems Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as assignments in Texas, South Korea, and New Mexico. She has published numerous books and journal papers, holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), and Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE).

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