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ASCE, the American Society of Civil Engineers, is a nonprofit organization that develops and publishes standards utilized by civil engineers in their widely ranging industries. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., United States, ASCE has over 140,000 members worldwide, with over 6,200 of those participating in technical committees to develop ASCE standards. ASCE also serves as the administrator for the U.S. TAGs (United States Technical Advisory Group) to ISO/TCs 98, 165 and 218 (International Organization for Standardization/Technical Committee). Standards from ASCE are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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ANSI/ASCE/EWRI 56-10 57-10

Guidelines for the Physical Security of Water Utilities (ANSI/ASCE/EWRI 56-10); Guidelines for the Physical Security of Wastewater/Stormwater Utilities (ANSI/ASCE/EWRI 57-10)

Standards ASCE/EWRI 56-10 and 57-10 offer guidelines that apply to the physical security of facilities with potable water source, treatment, and distribution systems, as well as with wastewater collection and treatment systems and stormwater systems.

ASCE/SEI 7-2016

Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures

Standard ASCE/SEI 7-16 provides requirements for general structural design and includes means for determining various loads and their combinations, which are suitable for inclusion in building codes and other documents.


Standard for the Structural Design of Composite Slabs (ANSI/ASCE 3-91) and Standard Practice for Construction and Inspection of Composite Slabs (ANSI /ASCE 9-91)

American Society of Civil Engineers Standard for the Structural Design of Composite Slabs, ASCE Standard Practice for Construction and Inspection of Composite Slabs (ASCE 3-91 and ASCE 9-91 respectively) presents standards for the structural design and testing of composite slabs and for good construction practice and inspection procedures. In addition, commentaries on both standards are included. The ``Standard for the Structural Design of Composite Slabs'' (ASCE 3-91) and its ``Commentary'' cover such topics as loads, construction stage, strength design, service load design, test procedures, and test results evaluation. The ``Standard Practice for the Construction and Inspection of Composite Slabs'' (ASCE 9-91) and its ``Commentary'' discuss such topics as damage control, connections, concrete placement, shore removal, holes and hole reinforcement. These standards are written in such a form that they may be adopted by reference in a general building code.

ANSI/ASCE/T+DI 21-2013

Automated People Mover Standards

Prepared by the Automated People Mover Standards Committee of the Standards Council of the Transportation and Development Institute of ASCE Automated People Mover Standards, ANSI/ASCE/T&DI 21-13, establishes the minimum requirements necessary to achieve an acceptable level of safety and performance for an automated people mover (APM) system. An APM is defined as a guided transit mode that is fully automated, featuring vehicles that operate on guideways with exclusive right-of-way. This Standard covers design, construction, operation, and maintenance of APM systems. This fully updated revision consolidates all four parts of ASCE 21 that previously were published separately. Topics include: operating environment; safety requirements; system dependability; automatic train control; audio and visual communications; vehicles; propulsion and braking; electrical equipment; stations; guideways; security; emergency preparedness; verification and demonstration; operations, maintenance, and training; and operational monitoring. One mandatory annex covers requirements for system safety programs. Nonmandatory annexes include a bibliography; recommended practice for acceptance of an APM system application; inspection and test guidelines; and recommended practice for working safely near APM systems. This Standard may be used in a safety certification process. It will be helpful to anyone who owns, operates, maintains, designs, test, insures, oversees, or certifies APMs. It will also be valuable to transportation engineers, safety engineers, and contractors for APM systems or other innovative technology transit systems.

ASCE/SEI 37-2014

Design Loads on Structures during Construction

Standard ASCE/SEI 37-14 describes the minimum design requirements for loads during construction, load combinations, and load factors affecting buildings and other structures that are under construction.

SEI/ASCE 11-99

Guideline for Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings

Changing economic conditions, concerns for historic preservation, emphasis on fully utilizing conveniently located structures, space shortages, and increasing cost of materials and products used in the construction of new buildings have resulted in a need to evaluate and more fully utilize the existing building inventory. To this end, the standard Guideline for Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings (ASCE 11-90) was developed to provide the design community with guidelines for assessing the structural conditions of existing buildings constructed of combinations of materials including concrete, masonry, metals, and wood. This edition (SEI/ASCE 11-99) replaces ASCE 11-90. It consists of an overview of preliminary and detailed assessment procedures, of materials properties and test methods, and of evaluation procedures for various physical conditions of the structure. The standard is not intended to be inclusive or prescriptive but is expected to serve as a resource document for engineers, owners, and regulatory officials.

SEI/ASCE 32-01

Design and Construction of Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations

This standard addresses the design and construction of frost-protected shallow foundations in areas subject to seasonal ground freezing. Foundation insulation requirements to protect heated and unheated buildings from frost heave are presented in easy-to-follow steps with reference to design tables, climate maps, and other necessary data to furnish a complete frost-protection design. The advantages of this technology include improved construction efficiency over conventional practices, increased energy efficiency, minimized site disturbance, and enhanced frost protection. A commentary is included to provide background information and important technical insights.

ASCE 20-96

Standard Guidelines for the Design and Installation of Pile Foundations (ASCE 20-96)

This Standard provides a guideline for an engineering approach to the design and subsequent installation of pile foundations. The purpose is to furnish a rational basis for this process, taking into account published model building codes and general standards of practice. It covers such topics as: 1) Administrative requirements; 2) pile shaft strength requirements; 3) soil-pile interface strength requirements and capacity; 4) design loads; 5) design stresses; 6) construction and layout guidelines for pile design; and 7) installation guidelines for pile construction. In addition, the Standard includes information on applicable standards from ASTM, AWPA, and ACI. It concludes with an Appendix on partial factors of safety.

ASCE/SEI 43-05

Seismic Design Criteria for Structures, Systems, and Components in Nuclear Facilities

ASCE/SEI 43-05 provides stringent design criteria for nuclear facilities. Nuclear facilities must have a lower probability that structural damage will be caused by earthquakes than do conventional facilities because of the potential risk associated with nuclear facilities can withstand the effects of earthquake ground shaking with the desired performance. This Standard will be of use to any designers or analysis involved in the design of new nuclear structures, systems, or components.

ASCE/SEI 59-11

Blast Protection of Buildings

This standard provides minimum requirements for planning, design, construction, and assessment of new and existing buildings subject to the effects of accidental or malicious explosions.


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