Modulus offers a range of services to help you to make the most of your technical publications, including books, design guides, marketing brochures and web pages.
Civil and structural engineers regularly refer to technical information to assist them in their designs; they need to be able to use the technical content efficiently and with confidence. At Modulus we are experienced in meeting these requirements and can help you to ensure your publications meet the needs of your target audience.
We have a broad experience across civil and structural engineering with specialist knowledge of concrete, Eurocodes and buildings.
We can meet your requirements in three ways:
At Modulus we offer a number of services to help you with the authoring and production of your civil and structural engineering publications, ranging from subject research through to managing the writing process of a task group or panel. Our services are bespoke to suit your needs:
Research and Authoring
Many technical experts and specialists have a detailed knowledge of their subject, but conveying that knowledge and experience is a skill in its own right. Time and other work priorities are also a barrier to producing technical information. We are experienced in taking the technical knowledge and using it to produce books, design guides, marketing brochures and web pages that meet the needs of the target audience.
We can meet with your technical experts to draw out the knowledge that you want to convey. We can then produce the text, diagrams, charts and images and then plan the layout in an easy-to-use and attractive format for your approval.
Managing the Authoring Process
When technical publications are produced by a panel of volunteer experts, the authoring process can become drawn out, especially where one of those experts is also chairing the panel. We can assist by supporting the panel in the following ways:
- Collating contributions
- Arranging meetings
- Taking minutes
- Setting realistic and achievable timescales
- Prompting contributors to ensure that deadlines are met
- Advising on technical editing issues at an early stage
- Ensuring the draft document is in a format that is compatible with the design and print production process.
There is a great skill in conveying technical information in an easy to understand way – we can help you to improve the quality and ease of use of your technical information.
The question that is frequently asked is “Why do I need a technical editor?” A technical editor can make a huge improvement to your publication. The editor will go beyond checking for grammar, punctuation and spelling to address the following issues:
- Ease of reading
- Conforming with house style or ensuring that the style is consistent within the publication
- Publication layout
- Ensuring the publication is suitable for the target audience
- Improving poorly structured sentences
- Reviewing the scientific terms, units and dimensions for accuracy
- Dealing with the numerical accuracy, layout and consistency
- Resolving issues of Technical ambiguity
- Enhancing the synopsis, content, index, headings and subheadings
- Improving data and chart presentation
- Ensuring that diagrams and data are clear, consistent and easy to understand
- Checking citations
- Checking and proof reading and ensuring that the layout does not waste paper
The work of a good technical editor will rarely be seen; it is only poor editing that is obvious to the reader. A good editor will ensure that the document flows, is easy to navigate and that figures and tables are easy to find and understand.
Typically, the time required for the publication process is underestimated – we can help you to meet your critical deadline.
In our experience, most people consistently underestimate how much time is required to draft, review, check, edit, design, proof and finally print a publication. With our experience of producing a variety of technical publications, Modulus can advise how much time is required for each of the stages and will manage the process more effectively to ensure that you meet your critical deadline.
We can carry out the following tasks:
- Produce a realistic publication schedule
- Manage the work to ensure that the schedule is followed
- Authoring and/or technical editing
Our involvement in managing the process depends on your needs and experience; it can range from ensuring deadlines are met through to managing the work of external authors or contributors and chairing appropriate meetings.
Owen Brooker is the best project manager I have met in my career. He combines an awareness of the necessity to start in good time with an appreciation of the processes involved throughout the whole project and a quiet, yet effective, method of getting what he wants done by others. All this leads to an efficiently run project delivered on time with minimum ‘drama’.
Gillian Bond, Principal, Words and Pages.