Principles of Engineering Economic Analysis

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2012-03-27
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

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This concise book provides engineers with the tools to evaluate the cost of their work and convey the project to key decision makers. It follows an integrative approach that arms them with a seven-step Systematic Evaluation and Analysis Technique as well as a strong understanding of cash flows. The new fifth edition has also been expanded from eight to 16 chapters, covering critical topics such as time value of money, measures of worth, depreciation, inflation, and capital rationing. Practicing engineers will be able to apply these principles and techniques to make the most effective economic decisions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Engineering Economic Analysis

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Time Value of Money

1.3 Ten Principles of Engineering Economic Analysis

1.4 Systematic Economic Analysis Technique (SEAT)

1.5 When the Time Value of Money Need Not Be Considered

1.6 Summary

Chapter 2 Time Value Of Money

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Cash Flow Diagrams

2.3 Simple Interest Calculations

2.4 Compound Interest Calculations

2.5 Multiple Compounding Periods in a Year

2.6 When Compounding and Cash Flow Frequencies Differ

2.7 Special and Limiting Cases of Time Value of Money Factors

2.7 Summary

Appendix 2.A Continuous Compound Interest Calculations (brief treatment)

2.A.1 Discrete Cash Flows

2.A.2 Continuous Cash Flows

Chapter 3 Borrowing, Lending, And Investing

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Four Methods of Repaying Loans

3.3 Which Repayment Method Is Best for the Borrower?

3.4 Real Estate Investment

3.5 Interest Payments and Principal Payments

3.6 Retirement Planning

3.7 Equivalence and Indifference

3.8 Purchasing and Selling Bonds

3.9 Variable Interest Rates

3.10 Summary

Chapter 4 Establishing The Planning Horizon And The Minimum Attractive Rate Of Return

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Choosing the Planning Horizon

4.3 Specifying the Minimum Attractive Rate of Return

4.4 Summary

Chapter 5 Present Worth Analysis

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Comparing Alternatives

5.3 Present Worth: Single Alternative

5.4 Present Worth: Multiple Alternatives

5.5 Present Worth: "One Shot" Investments

5.6 Discounted Payback Period: Single Alternative

5.7 Discounted Payback Period: Multiple Alternatives

5.8 Capitalized Worth: Single Alternative

5.9 Capitalized Worth: Multiple Alternatives

5.10 Summary

Chapter 6 Future Worth Analysis

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Future Worth: Single Alternative

6.3 Future Worth: Multiple Alternatives

6.4 Maximizing the Investment Portfolio

6.5 More on Unequal Lives

6.6 Summary

Chapter 7 Annual Worth Analysis

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Annual Worth: Equal Lives

7.3 Annual Worth: Multiple Alternatives

7.4 Least Common Multiple of Lives Assumption

7.5 Unequal Lives Re-Visited

7.6 Capital Recovery Cost

7.7 Summary

Chapter 8 Rate Of Return Analysis

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Internal Rate of Return: Single Alternative

8.3 Internal Rate of Return: Multiple Alternatives

8.4 External Rate of Return: Single Alternative

8.5 External Rate of Return: Multiple Alternatives

8.6 Analyzing Alternatives with No Positive Cash Flows

8.7 Summary

Appendix 8.A Modified Internal Rate of Return

8.A.1 Single Alternative

8.A.2 Multiple Alternatives

Chapter 9 Depreciation Methods

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Background on Depreciation Accounting

9.3 Straight Line Depreciation (SLN)

9.4 Declining Balance and Double Declining Balance Depreciation (DB and DDB)

9.5 Switching from DDB to SLN with VDB

9.6 Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS)

9.7 Comparison of Depreciation Methods

9.8 Summary

Appendix 9.A Sum-of-Years-Digits Depreciation

Appendix 9.B Other Depreciation Methods

9.B.1 Unit of Production Method

9.B.2 Operating Day (Hour) Method

9.B.3 Income Forecast Method

Appendix 9.C Depletion

Chapter 10 After-Tax Economic Analysis.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Tax Concepts.

10.3 Corporate Income Taxes.

10.4 After-Tax Cash Flow without Borrowing.

10.5 After-Tax Comparison of Alternatives.

10.6 After-Tax Cash Flows with Borrowing.

10.7 How Much Money Should a Company Borrow?

10.8 Additional Tax Considerations.

10.9 Timing of Investment versus First Year's Depreciation Charge.

10.10 Summary.

Chapter 11 Replacement Analysis.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Cash Flow Approach.

11.3 Opportunity Cost Approach.

11.4 Section 1031 Exchanges.

11.5 Optimum Replacement Interval.

11.6 Summary.

Chapter 12 Inflation Effects.

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Using Indexes to Measure Inflation.

12.3 Before-Tax Analysis in Inflationary Conditions.

12.4 After-Tax Analysis in Inflationary Conditions.

12.5 After-Tax Analysis with Inflation and Borrowed Capital.

12.6 Summary.

Chapter 13 Supplementary Analysis.

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Breakeven Analysis.

13.3 Sensitivity Analysis.

13.4 Risk Analysis.

13.5 Summary.

Appendix 13.A Decision Tree Analysis.

Chapter 14 Economic Analysis In The Public And Regulated Sectors.

14.1 Introduction - The Nature of Public Projects.

14.2 Build-Operate-Transfer.

14.3 Objectives in Public Project Evaluation.

14.4 Guidelines in Public Sector Evaluation.

14.5 U.S. Federal Government Guidelines.

14.6 Using SEAT in Public Sector Evaluations.

14.7 Benefit-Cost and Cost-Effectiveness Calculations.

14.8 Important Considerations in Evaluating Public Projects.

14.9 Introduction - The Revenue Requirements Method.

14.10 Definition of Terms.

14.11 Determining the Minimum Revenue Requirement.

14.12 Showing Equivalence between Revenue Requirement and ATCF Methods.

14.13 Summary.

Appendix 14.A OMB Circular No. A-94, Revised Table of Contents.

Chapter 15 Capital Budgeting.

15.1 Introduction.

15.2 The Classical Capital Budgeting Problem.

15.3 Unequal Investment Durations.

15.4 Capital Budgeting with Divisible Investments.

15.5 Using Excel to Solve the Capital Budgeting Problem with Divisible Investments.

15.6 Practical Considerations in Capital Budgeting.

15.7 Summary.

Chapter 16 Obtaining And Estimating Cash Flows.

16.1 Introduction.

16.2 Cost Terminology.

16.3 Cost Estimation.

16.4 General Accounting Principles.

16.5 Cost Accounting Principles.

16.6 Summary.


A. Discrete Compound Interest Tables.

                a. Single-Sum, Uniform Series, and Gradient Series Interest Factors.

                b. Geometric Series Present Worth Interest Factors.

                c. Geometric Series Future Worth Interest Factors.

B. Continuous Compound Interest Tables.

                a. Single-Sum, Uniform Series, and Gradient Series Interest Factors.

                b. Continuous Flow Interest Factors.

Answers To Even-Numbered Problems.

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