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      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 complete this form, to request a meeting date and time.

        Nuclear Standards (ASCE/SEI 1, 4, & 43) DANS Committee will meet on Thursday/Friday, April 27/28, 2017 at ASCE Headquarters in Reston, VA. Contact Mike Salmon for information.

        Utility Data Collection (ASCE/CI 38) Standards Committee will meet on Thursday/Friday, May 4/5, 2017 at Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown, Indianapolis IN. Contact  Jim Anspach for information.

        Nuclear Standards (ASCE/SEI 1, 4, & 43) Standards Committee will meet on Thursday/Friday, May 18/19, 2017 at Kleinfelder Office; 1330 Broadway, Suite 1200 in Oakland, CA. Contact Zia Zafir for information. 

        Urban Drainage Standards Committee will meet Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the 2017 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Sacramento, CA. Contact Kathlie Bulloch for information.

        Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) Standards Committee will meet Sunday, May 21, 2017 at EWRI Congress in Palm Beach, FL. Contact Ben Willardson for information.

        Management Practices for Controlling Erosion and Sediment Standards Committee will meet Monday, May 22, 2017 at the 2017 EWRI Congress meeting site in Sacramento, CA. Contact Dennis Richards for information.

        Atmospheric Water Management Standards Committee will meet Tuesday-Wednesday, 23–25 May 2017 at EWRI Congress meeting site in Sacramento, CA. Contact Conrad Keyes for information.

        Steel Transmission Towers Standards Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at RISC Corporate Office in Magnolia TX. Contact  Mary Jane McMillen for information. 

        Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves Standards Committee will meet on Thursday-Friday, 20-21 July 2017 at BP Energy Center, 900 E Benson Blvd. in Anchorage, AL Contact Gayle Johnson  for more Information

        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.

        ASCE/SEI 41 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings. All standard chapters are available for comment and the commentary chapters are information only. The public comment period will be held from March 31, 2017 to May 15, 2017.  

        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 James Neckel or at (703) 295-6176.

        Step 4: Publication

        There are over 60 published ASCE Standards.