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David Smith - Author

About the Author

David Smith was born in Warwickshire in 1961. He studied Economics at Cambridge and has worked in industry for over 30 years, including periods in Switzerland, the USA and Turkey. He is currently a Chief Financial Officer and lives in West Sussex with his wife and three teenage children. David published his first novel, Searching for Amber, in 2014, and his second, Death in Leamington, in 2015.

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Knowledge, Groupware and the Internet

Knowledge, Groupware and the Internet

Author: David Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2017

Knowledge, Groupware, and the Internet details the convergence of modern knowledge management theory and emerging computer technologies, and discusses how they collectively enable business change and enhance an organization's ability to create and share knowledge. This compendium of authoritative articles explains the relationship between knowledge management and two major technologies enabling it: Groupware and the Internet. These critical technologies help an organization evolve from individual to group knowledge, quickly make tacit knowledge explicit, and enable people to use and apply this knowledge. Knowledge, Groupware and the Internet helps readers understand how to unite the people and technologies that define effective knowledge management.

Reliability, Maintainability and Risk Practical Methods for Engineers

Reliability, Maintainability and Risk Practical Methods for Engineers

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2017

Reliability, Maintainability and Risk: Practical Methods for Engineers, Ninth Edition, has taught reliability and safety engineers techniques to minimize process design, operation defects, and failures for 35 years. For beginners, the book provides tactics on how to avoid pitfalls in this complex and wide field. For experts in the field, well-described, realistic, and illustrative examples and case studies add new insight and assistance. The author uses his 40 years of experience to create a comprehensive and detailed guide to the field, also providing an excellent description of reliability and risk computation concepts. The book is organized into five parts. Part One covers reliability parameters and costs traces the history of reliability and safety technology, presenting a cost-effective approach to quality, reliability, and safety. Part Two deals with the interpretation of failure rates, while Part Three focuses on the prediction of reliability and risk. Part Four discusses design and assurance techniques, review and testing techniques, reliability growth modeling, field data collection and feedback, predicting and demonstrating repair times, quantified reliability maintenance, and systematic failures, while Part 5 deals with legal, management and safety issues, such as project management, product liability, and safety legislation.

Letters to Strabo

Letters to Strabo

Author: David Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2017

Set in the late 1970s, Letters to Strabo is the fictional autobiography of Adam Finnegan Black, or 'Finn', an innocent young American who is insatiably curious about life. His ambition is to be a travel writer, like his heroes; Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and the ancient Greek 'father of geography', Strabo. When Finn was young, his father Jerry went missing in a scuba diving accident in 1960's Alexandria. After graduating from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, Finn sets out to fulfil a promise made to his mother at her death: "e;Finn, promise me one day you'll find out what really happened to your father."e; Along the way, he's inspired through a series of adventures by the landscapes and people he meets travelling round the Mediterranean, but especially by the Letters to Strabo, written by Eve, his long-distance pen pal whom he dreams, one day, will become his wife... Through these letters, Finn gradually learns more about himself but also about how Eve is, in turn, struggling with an emotional trauma that she won't fully reveal. This is both a love story and coming-of-age tale, painted on the canvas of the radiant literary, cultural and physical geography of the Mediterranean. It is funny and provocative as Finn recounts, with disarming honesty, the excitement and mistakes of youthful energy, but ultimately life-affirming in the emergence of new hope from personal tragedy. The style is both richly descriptive and intimately human and will appeal to lovers of literary fiction and good travel writing, incorporating quotes from classic works spanning from Homer to Hemingway.

6 Steps to Moving Your Training Online

6 Steps to Moving Your Training Online

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2016

What instructional topics are the best candidates for virtual classrooms? How can I know if I'm reaching my learners when I can't see their faces? Can't I just move my PowerPoint slides to a virtual platform? Starting off in the virtual training world presents a variety of questions. 6 Steps to Moving Your Training Online provides answers and helps develop an engaging, interactive, and effective virtual classroom experience. In 6 Steps to Moving Your Training Online, you'll learn: how technology has changed the world for learning and development (L&D) professionals and learners the benefits and challenges to live, virtual training how to adapt to the virtual classroom as an L&D professional the six steps to moving face-to-face training to online training.

William Howe and the American War of Independence

William Howe and the American War of Independence

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

The first major work on this enigmatic British general for more than 40 years, William Howe and the American War of Independence offers fascinating new insights into his performance during the revolution in America. From 1775 to 1777, Howe commanded the largest expeditionary force Britain had ever amassed, confronting the rebel army under George Washington and enjoying a string of victories. However, his period in command ended in confusion, bitterness and a parliamentary inquiry, because he proved unable to crush the rebellion. Exactly what went wrong has puzzled historians for more than 200 years. For most Howe has been relegated to the role of a bit player, but, with the help of new evidence, this book looks afresh at his army, his relationships with key military and political figures and his own personal qualities. The result is a compelling reassessment of a forgotten general that offers a new perspective on a man who won his battles, but could not win his war.

Studies in the Land The Northeast Corner

Studies in the Land The Northeast Corner

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2016

Drawing on primary documents such as farmer's diaries, small rural papers of the 19th century, and the publications of state agricultural societies, this provocative study presents an intelligent overview into the driving forces of that shaped American history in the Northeast.

The Safety Critical Systems Handbook A Straightforward Guide to Functional Safety: IEC 61508 (2010 Edition), IEC 61511 (2015 Edition) and Related Guidance

The Safety Critical Systems Handbook A Straightforward Guide to Functional Safety: IEC 61508 (2010 Edition), IEC 61511 (2015 Edition) and Related Guidance

Author: David Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2016

The Safety Critical Systems Handbook: A Straightforward Guide to Functional Safety: IEC 61508 (2010 Edition), IEC 61511 (2016 Edition) & Related Guidance, Fourth Edition, presents the latest on the electrical, electronic, and programmable electronic systems that provide safety functions that guard workers and the public against injury or death, and the environment against pollution. The international functional safety standard IEC 61508 was revised in 2010, and authors David Smith and Kenneth Simpson provide a comprehensive guide to the revised standard, as well as the revised IEC 61511 (2016). The book enables engineers to determine if a proposed or existing piece of equipment meets the safety integrity levels (SIL) required by the various standards and guidance, and also describes the requirements for the new alternative route (route 2H), introduced in 2010. A number of other areas have been updated by Smith and Simpson in this new edition, including the estimation of common cause failure, calculation of PFDs and failure rates for redundant configurations, societal risk, and additional second tier guidance documents. As functional safety is applicable to many industries, this book will have a wide readership beyond the chemical and process sector, including oil and gas, machinery, power generation, nuclear, aircraft, and automotive industries, plus project, instrumentation, design, and control engineers.

Something Will Turn Up Britain's Economy, Past, Present and Future

Something Will Turn Up Britain's Economy, Past, Present and Future

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

As the prevailing winds of the global economy have changed, so Britain has been buffeted from boom to bust and back again. But how much is our country's economic landscape shaped by the huge forces of international capital - and the hope that 'something will turn up' - and how much by the individual men and women at the heart of our economic policy? David Smith forged his career as Britain's leading economic journalist during the country's traumatic transition from the 'workshop of the world' in the Midlands where he grew up, to an economy built on the sometimes shaky foundations of services and the City. Something Will Turn Up is his account of the chancellors, prime ministers, Bank of England governors and senior officials he has encountered and interviewed over the last five decades, and their impact on the realities of modern British life since the war. Smith leads us through the mire of government policy and long-term trends with wit and clarity to paint a vivid, personal picture of how we got to now - and where we might go from here.

Love in Lindfield

Love in Lindfield

Author: David Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2016

As Harry researches locations for a BBC drama in rural Sussex, he begins to fall for Ellie, a spirited and independently-minded local artist. Ellie is cataloguing the former home of the largely forgotten Victorian stained glass artist Charles Eamer Kempe, at the request of its unscrupulous and domineering owner Serena Ross. The two unwittingly become embroiled not only in a tragic love triangle of their own, but also in the echoes of the life and loves of the great master himself. Little do they realise that the events that gradually engulf them are driven by a violent and ghoulish passion, born of a monstrous greed. Set in locations on the coast near Brighton and Kempe's adopted home of Lindfield, the story switches between Harry's surprising discoveries about Kempe's previously unrecorded loves and his modern-day interactions with the dysfunctional Ross family. Love in Lindfield will appeal to romantics, particularly those with a love of history and literature.

Camden 1780 The annihilation of Gates' Grand Army

Camden 1780 The annihilation of Gates' Grand Army

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2016

As the American Revolution continued, the British refocused their fight on the southern colonies in the hopes of triggering an outbreak of loyalism that would sweep the rebels aside. Under Sir Henry Clinton they captured Savannah at the end of 1778, and Charleston in May 1780, with Lord Cornwallis being left in command with just 8,500 men under him. Too thinly spread to guard the 15,000 square miles he was responsible for, Cornwallis went on the offensive, invading North Carolina and using Camden as a launch pad. This new history reveals how Cornwallis was able to use his aggressive strategy to great effect and how the overconfidence of the re-formed American forces under Horatio Gates was to result in a shocking defeat on the night of 15 August 1780 - a defeat that would allow Cornwallis to push deep into North Carolina the following year, where he would only be stopped by the American victory at Yorktown.

Texas Spirit

Texas Spirit

Author: David Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 23/03/2016

In <B><i>The Texas Spirit</B></i> David M. Smith has written a series of spirited and insightful essays about the chemical industry, events and personalities in his life, and his views on trends in the national economy and other aspects of American life that concern him. The zesty style, folksy humor, and unabashed candor combine in this admirable example of the <i>Texas Spirit</i>.

Stations of Coastal Command Then and Now

Stations of Coastal Command Then and Now

Author: David Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2016

Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars: IB History Print and Online Pack: Oxford IB Diploma Programme

Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars: IB History Print and Online Pack: Oxford IB Diploma Programme

Author: David Smith Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 08/10/2015

Drive critical, engaged learning and advanced skills development. Enabling comprehensive, rounded understanding, the student-centred approach actively develops the sophisticated skills key to performance in Paper 2. Developed directly with the IB for the 2015 syllabus, this Course Book fully supports the new comparative approach to learning. Cover the new syllabus in the right level of depth, with rich, thorough subject content. Developed directly with the IB, with the most comprehensive support for the new syllabus with complete support for the comparative approach. Truly engage learners with topical, relevant material that convincingly connects learning with the modern, global world. Streamline your planning, with a clear and thorough structure helping you logically progress through the syllabus. Build the advanced-level skills learners need for Paper 2, with the student-led approach driving active skills development and strengthening exam performance. Integrate approaches to learning with ATLs like thinking, communication, research and social skills built directly into learning. Help learners think critically about improving performance with extensive examiner insight and samples based on the latest exam format. This pack includes one print Course Book and one online Course Book. The online Course Book will be available on Oxford Education Bookshelf until 2023. Access is facilitated via a unique code, which is sent in the mail. The code must be linked to an email address, creating a user account. Access may be transferred once to an additional user.

Oxford IB Diploma Programme: Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars Course Companion

Oxford IB Diploma Programme: Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars Course Companion

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2015

Drive critical, engaged learning and advanced skills development. Enabling comprehensive, rounded understanding, the student-centred approach actively develops the sophisticated skills key to performance in Paper 2. Developed directly with the IB for the new 2015 syllabus, this Course Book fully supports the new comparative approach to learning. Cover the new syllabus in the right level of depth, with rich, thorough subject content Developed directly with the IB, with the most comprehensive support for the new syllabus with complete support for the comparative approach Truly engage learners with topical, relevant material that convincingly connects learning with the modern, global world Streamline your planning, with a clear and thorough structure helping you logically progress through the syllabus Build the advanced-level skills learners need for Paper 2, with the student-led approach driving active skills development and strengthening exam performance Integrate approaches to learning with ATLs like thinking, communication, research and social skills built directly into learning Help learners think critically about improving performance with extensive examiner insight and samples based on the latest exam format Build an advanced level, thematic understanding with fully integrated Global Contexts, Key Concepts and TOK Also available as an Online Course Book

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