Armour Engineer, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint)

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It has only been within very recent years that any definite and well planned work has been carried out for the purpose of reducing the enormous losses that occur by fire every year in nearly all branches of industry. Previous to this time, the construction of a new building, or the arrangement of apparatus in it for the carrying on of an industry, was governed entirely by the immediate requirements of that industry, and little or no attention was paid to the fire hazard that was involved. The result was a very high rate of insurance and a constant risk of a conflagration. The profitableness of an investment in safeguards against fire gradually became evident however, not only because of the large reduction in insurance rates and the elimination of a great part of the clanger, but also because of the fact that the mere recovery of insurance after a fire will only compensate to a small extent for the delays and indirect losses involved, and that the effects of a fire last mentioned are best insured against by adequate means of protection applied in an intelligent manner.

As the number of appliances and methods for fire prevention increased, the problem of adjusting the insurance rates became exceedingly intricate and complex, and it came to be recognized that men of considerable education were needed in this field. In answer to the demand for such men, many eastern and a number of the western schools established courses in fire insurance, treating of this problem from the standpoint of the insurance company that was assuming a hazard. Such courses were comparatively short however, and were in some cases included as side line in a major course or placed in the curriculum of an evening school.

It remained for the Armour Institute of Technology to get down to the fundamentals of the problem and establish a course in Fire Protection Engineering. As the name of the course implies, it is not only designed for the study of the adjustment of fire insurance rates, but what is more important, but for the intelligent study of practical protective devices for hazards already in existence and of new protective measures applicable to hazards still to be constructed.

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EAN: 9781330499429
ISBN: 1330499425
Untertitel: Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Forgotten Books
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2015
Seitenanzahl: 254 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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