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Policy Statement 146 - Relationships with International Engineering Organizations

ASCE Policy Statement                                                                                                           146




 Approved by the International Activities Committee April 12, 2012
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on May 4, 2012
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 12, 2012



The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) encourages the development and growth of civil engineering societies in all countries to help communicate, share, and grow the accumulated knowledge and experience of engineering professionals.

Where an engineering society representing the civil engineering profession exists in another country, ASCE will pursue and develop an Agreement of Cooperation with that society.  Such agreements will ensure mutual self-interest and embody terms that encourage exchange of knowledge through publications, electronic media, personal visits, and other means as appropriate, and that promote reciprocal memberships.   

ASCE will seek to expand and evolve the agreements, when mutually beneficial, into substantive partnerships by adding value through new and existing products and services, by developing an international civil engineering body of knowledge (BoK), within the shared values of Vision 2025 and by enhancing professional practice.

Under such agreements, ASCE will extend hospitality, courtesies and guest privileges to members of cooperating societies who attend ASCE functions in the United States and abroad.


There are many countries throughout the world which have engineering societies that represent the civil engineering profession.  There is a significant opportunity for these societies and their members to share knowledge and experience on a worldwide basis.  ASCE also encourages the undertaking of international activities by all ASCE technical and programmatic elements and all national and international engineering societies.


"The advancement of the science and profession of engineering to enhance the welfare of humanity" is the objective of the American Society of Civil Engineers, as established in the Constitution of the Society.

ASCE promotes the advancement of civil engineering by the study of technology and scientific principles and organizes meetings, visits, conferences, other technical and professional functions, and publishes material of interest to its members.  Participation of engineers from all parts of the world enriches these efforts.

Reciprocal international participation in professional engineering organizations provides opportunities through which ASCE can regularly contribute to the exchange of engineering information, as well as the creation of international understanding. Through Agreements of Cooperation, the bond of professional friendship with the international civil engineering community is formally strengthened.

The offering of guest privileges through regular invitations to attend ASCE annual meetings promotes good will, international networking opportunities, and exchange of technical information and knowledge.

Both society and civil engineers will benefit from international activities in all professional engineering societies.


ASCE Policy Statement 146 
First Approved pre-1974