Handbook of Measurements: Benchmarks for Systems Accuracy and Precision

1st Edition

Adedeji B. Badiru, LeeAnn Racz

CRC Press
Published July 26, 2017
Reference - 706 Pages - 270 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138749405 - CAT# K32741
Series: Systems Innovation Book Series


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  • Explores measurement at the basis of performance in the context of systems engineering
  • Underscores the importance of measurement in the successful implementation of engineering projects
  • Addresses systems interoperability measurement, illustrating how the elements of any large complex system inter-operate to accomplish a desired end goal
  • Provides a rigorous basis for performing measurements using a systems viewpoint


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.

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