Editing and Writing Case Studies
Lexical engineering = editing + writing
Project: strategic use of Internet study
Client: national transportation organization
Description: The client had a website that was designed and maintained by a professional staff. The client, familiar with Tim's background in the specific industry and his experience with effective use of the Internet, asked him to evaluate the existing site and make recommendations for improvements to structure and content. The client also asked Tim to recommend how the web could be used for educating the public more effectively in spreading the organization's message. The deliverable was a report in electronic and printed format with executive summary, photographs, external references, and detailed site analysis in annexes.
Project: organization of background data and documentation
Client: national professional organization
Description: The client had a number of text and photo documents in diverse formats that it needed to distribute to members as an information data base. Tim put the documents in a standard format, organized them with a logical menu system, and put them all on a CD suitable for use on different types of computers. The deliverable was a self-starting master CD that the client duplicates and distributes to new and existing members.
Project: background study on nuclear energy
Client: prominent scientific research organization
Description: The client had been contracted by a provincial government to prepare a technical report on the tradeoffs of nuclear energy in the provincial context. The target audience of the report included political decision makers and the general public. Tim coordinated the work of ten Canadian and American scientists working on disjointed schedules over a six-week period to produce a readable 130-page report complete with illustrations, graphs, data, references, and glossary to meet a hard deadline. In doing so, he rewrote major sections and balanced all the inputs to ensure consistent language, tone, format, and reading level throughout. Tim's engineering expertise was invaluable on this project because he was able to identify logic faults and technical inconsistencies in the subject matter and have them resolved before final publication. The deliverable was the final document in several different electronic formats.
Project: transportation engineering papers (English as a second language)
Client: professor in prestigious Asian university
Description: The client had written a series of technical papers to be published in international peer-reviewed engineering journals. Even though his command of English (his second language) was quite good, the client realized that successful publication required the expertise of an English-language editor with experience in engineering subjects. Tim copyedited these papers in several iterations with the client, each over a compressed schedule to meet review and publication deadlines. He also edited the required revisions after peer review. Because of the high standard of initial editing and the general technical check that Tim had been able to apply, the revisions were minor. The inputs to this process were in Word or Latex format; the deliverables were the revised Word or Latex files with PDF proofs available for the client's password-protected download from a website.