Codes & Standards

      • ASCE Standards provide technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in civil engineering. Many of our standards are referenced by model building codes and adopted by state and local jurisdiction. They also provide guidance for design projects around the world.

        Standards Development Process

        Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASCE has a rigorous and formal process overseen by the Codes and Standards Committee (CSC). Standards are created or updated by a balanced, volunteer standards committee, followed by a public review period.

        All standards are updated or reaffirmed at least every 5 years. ASCE's standards program is regularly audited to ensure compliance with the ASCE Rules for Standards Committees and that it is consistent with ANSI requirements.

        Anyone can submit a proposal to change or create a standard. Please contact  Codes and Standards Director for proposal form.

        Step 1: Proposal

        • Proposal for New Standards Activity
        • Propose new or change to existing standard
        • Propose an amendment to an ASCE Standard

        Step 2: Balloting

        The committee shapes a proposal into a standard through meetings and ballots. The volunteers writing standards are experts with knowledge and expertise in the particular field.

        Upcoming Meetings

        ASCE rules require a 30 day advance meeting announcement.  Please click here to submit a meeting date and time.

        • Utility As-Built Standard Committee will be holding a joint meeting with the ASCE 38 Committee on May 6 at FDOT Regional Office in Orlando, FL - Contact us for questions 
        • Nuclear Standards DANS Subcommittee Meeting on May 12/13 at Sargent & Lundy offices in Chicago IL - Contact us for questions
        • Urban Drainage (ASCE/EWRI 12, 13, 14, 45, 46 & 47) Committee Meeting on May 22 at the Marriott in West Palm Beach FL Contact us for questions
        • MPCES Standards CommitteeMeeting May 23 at West Palm Beach Convention Center/Conference Call in West Palm Beach FL - Contact us for questions
        • Atmospheric Water Management (ASCE/EWRI 39, 42 & 44) Committee Meeting May 22 through 26 at the EWRI Congress 2016 Session in West Palm Beach, FL - Contact us for questions
        • Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves Committee Meeting June 14 at the New Orleans Marriott - 555 Canal Street in New Orleans LA - Contact us for questions
        • Seismic Rehabilitation (ASCE/SEI 31/41) Committee Meeting July 21 at TBD in San Francisco CA - Contact us for questions
        • Schedule Delay Analysis Standard Committee Meeting July 21 and 22 at TBD in Denver CO - Contact us for questions

        Step 3: Public Comment

        Public comment- In accordance with ASCE Rules for Standards Committees, ASCE conducts a minimum 45-day Public Comment period on any new, revised, or reaffirmed standard. Any individual who is not a member of a Committee shall be permitted to participate in a public comment period on a standard. Comments submitted after the close of the public comment period will, at the discretion of the chair, be resolved during the current public comment period or will be considered during the next revision cycle of the standard.

        Please find Standards accepting Public Comments

        Public Comment for Standard Guidelines for the Design of Stormwater Impoundments, Standard Guidelines for the Installation of Stormwater Impoundments, Standard Guidelines for the Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Impoundments.- Deadline for comments May 21, 2016.

        Public Comment for ASCE/CI 15 Standard Practice for Direct Design of Buried Precast Concrete Pipe Using Standard Installations (SIDD) - Deadline for comments June 06, 2016

        Public Comment for ASCE/CI 27 Standard Practice for Direct Design of Precast Concrete Pipe for Jacking in Trenchless Construction - Deadline for comments June 10, 2016

        Accessing the Public Comment System will require using or creating an ASCE web user account. For additional questions please contact ASCE’s Codes and Standards Coordinator  contact James Neckel, or (703) 295-6176.

        Step 4: Publication

        There are over 60 published ASCE Standards.