Engineering Books

This is a list of books that you may find helpful in your studies in the field of subsea design and engineering.

NoBook TitleDescription
1Subsea Pipeline Design, Analysis, and Installation by Qiang Bai (Author), Yong Bai (Author)This is one of the best books I have read on this topic. It is very thorough and has detailed explanations and calculations that we engineers can learn and use. Highly recommended.
2Subsea Pipeline Engineering by Andrew C. Palmer, Roger KingThis is another good book by a good author but I think this book is a bit too simplified without much calculations. This is a more high level book that the Yong Bai book. Still its a good read.
3Subsea Engineering Handbook by Yong Bai, Qiang BaiThis book is more on the subsea structures rather than pipelines. It exposes you to the purpose of PLEM’s, PLET’s, subsea manifold, Christmas trees, pig launchers and so forth.
4Subsea Pipelines and Risers by Yong Bai, Qiang BaiThis was the only book I could find on the design of subsea risers. Although similar in principal to pipelines, risers have more stringent requirements.
5Fracture Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications by Ted L. AndersonThis is the Bible of fracture mechanics that everyone should have. The concepts are explained clearly and thoroughly.

Books on Life and Productivity

This is a list of books about life and productivity that I have found to be of value.

NoBook TitleDescription
1Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James ClearImagine waking up every morning with a sense of purpose and direction, knowing that you’re one step closer to achieving your goals.

“Atomic Habits” offers a proven framework for building good habits and breaking bad ones, empowering you to create lasting change in your life.

Here are 5 key points that make this book a must-read:
Small Wins Add Up: Discover how tiny, incremental changes can lead to remarkable results over time, making it easy to stay motivated and focused on your goals.

Focus on Systems, Not Goals: Learn how to shift your attention from outcome-based thinking to building sustainable systems that drive long-term success.

The 4 Laws of Behavior Change: Master the simple yet powerful framework of cue, craving, response, and reward to create habits that stick.

Identity-Based Habits: Understand how your habits shape your identity and how to align your daily actions with the person you want to become.

Make It Easy, Attractive, Easy, and Satisfying: Apply practical strategies to design an environment that supports your habits, making it easy to stick to them and celebrate your progress.
248 Laws of Power by Robert Greene“The 48 Laws of Power” is a thought-provoking and insightful book that delves into the dynamics of power and how to navigate them effectively.

This book is not just about gaining power but also about understanding how to use it ethically and responsibly.

I consider this book to be a dangerous book as some of its laws can be misused.

Here are the key points that make this book a must-read:

Understand the Nature of Power: Power is amoral, and it’s neither good nor evil. It’s a game that requires strategy and cunning to win.

Master the Art of Indirection: Learn how to use indirect methods to achieve your goals, such as flattery, deception, and manipulation.

Protect Your Reputation: Your reputation is your most valuable asset. Guard it fiercely and avoid actions that could tarnish it.

Court Attention at All Costs: Visibility is power. Make yourself seen and heard to gain influence and control.

Use Others to Do Your Work: Leverage the skills and talents of others to achieve your objectives while maintaining control and credit.

Win through Action, Not Argument: Demonstrate your power through actions rather than words. This will earn you respect and admiration.

Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky: Associate with people who are successful and happy. Avoid those who are miserable and unlucky, as their negative energy can infect you.

Concentrate Your Forces: Focus your energy and resources on a single goal to achieve maximum impact.

Play the Perfect Courtier: Master the art of political dexterity and learn how to navigate complex social situations with ease.

Re-Create Yourself: Forge a new identity that commands attention and respect. Use dramatic devices to enhance your public image.
3Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Why Your Thinking Is the Beginning & End of Suffering by Joseph NguyenThese days how do you know what to believe or not to believe? Especially with AI in the background churning out information.

This book offers a transformative approach to overcoming anxiety, self-doubt, and self-sabotage without relying on motivation or willpower.

Here are the key points that make this book a must-read:

The Power of Thoughts: Your thoughts shape your reality, and understanding this can help you overcome negative mental patterns.

The Root Cause of Suffering: Suffering is optional, and it begins and ends with your thinking.

The Importance of Mindfulness: Cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness to break free from unnecessary pain and suffering.

The Distinction Between Thoughts and Thinking: Thoughts are nouns, while thinking is a verb. Recognize the difference to live more happily.

The Path to Inner Peace: Discover how to achieve total peace, unconditional love, complete fulfillment, and an abundance of joy in your life.
4Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection by Charles Duhigg“Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection” is a game-changing guide to mastering the art of effective communication.

Duhigg reveals that every conversation falls into one of three categories: practical, emotional, or social.

By understanding these types and aligning with others, you can unlock deeper connections and achieve meaningful communication.

With engaging stories and practical tips, this book shows you how to listen, ask the right questions, and navigate conversations to build stronger relationships and achieve success in both personal and professional life.
5Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor FranklImaging being in prison and fearing that at anytime, someone would come and decide you’re next to be burnt or killed.

In “Man’s Search for Meaning,” Viktor Frankl recounts his harrowing experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Despite the unimaginable suffering, Frankl finds hope and meaning in the midst of unimaginable horror.

This is not a feel good book. This is how Frankl uses his knowledge to stay alive.

He develops logotherapy, a psychological approach that emphasizes finding purpose and meaning in life. Through his story, Frankl shows that even in the darkest times, individuals have the power to choose their attitude and find ways to survive and thrive.

This powerful memoir is a testament to the human spirit and its capacity for resilience and hope.