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

        • Join an ASCE Standards Committee.
        • Standards in balloting process Web-based balloting

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

        • Structural Condition Assessment of Bldgs. (ASCE/SEI 11 & 30) Committee Meeting 2016-02-16 at 2016 Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress in Phoenix AZ - Contact us for question
        • Design Loads During Construction (ASCE/SEI 37) Committee Meeting 2016-02-16 at 2016 Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress in Phoenix AZ - Contact us for questions   
        • Disproportionate Collapse Mitigation Standard Committee Meeting 2016-02-15 at 2016 Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress in Phoenix AZ - Contact us for questions
        • SEI Wind Speed Estimation in Tornadoes Committee 2016-03-02 through 03-04 at National Weather Center in Norman OK - Contact Us for questions
        • Seismic Rehabilitation (ASCE/SEI 31/41) Committee Meeting 2016-03-17 at SF Green Space in San Francisco CA - Contact us for questions
        • Automated Peoples Mover Standards Committee Meeting 2016-4-20 and 21 at the Royal York hotel in Toronto Canada - Contact Us for questions
        • Seismic Rehabilitation (ASCE/SEI 31/41) Committee Meeting 2016-7-21 at SF Green Space in San Francisco CA - 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 Period for ASCE/SEI 55 Tensile Membrane Structures – Deadline for comments 02-25-1016

        Public Comment Period for ASCE/CI Schedule Delay Analysis – Deadline for comments 03/07/16

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

        Step 4: Publication

        There are over 60 published ASCE Standards.

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