Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge

  • Civil engineering is a demanding field that requires a broad knowledge base and combinations of skills to practice successfully as a professional.

  • The purpose of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, Second Edition is to define

    1. What are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to enter into professional practice,
    2. How can the Body of Knowledge be fulfilled by tomorrow's aspiring engineers, and 
    3. Who should guide the learning of the engineering student and engineer intern.

    Download a free copy of the Second Edition or purchase a bound copy of the complete report from ASCE's bookstore.


    Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee


    ASCE is preparing to review the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge to determine if a third edition is needed to reflect the ever-changing demands to practice as a professional civil engineer. The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee (BOK3TC) will officially convene in October 2016.

    Who should serve on the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee?
    We are seeking a diverse collection of civil engineering minds to look critically at what it takes to enter the profession of civil engineering: the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to practice as a professional civil engineer.
    This could include:

    • ASCE members (required)
    • Educators
    • Practitioners
    • Institute members and leaders
    • Leaders in other ASCE areas with a related interest:
    • Institute education and professional practice committees
    • Other ASCE Society & Strategic Initiative Committees


    Background


    The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century was originally developed by a task committee of ASCE members and published in 2004. In 2008, a second edition was published, reflecting additional study and deliberation on the subject. Following the publication of the second edition, an 8-year cycle for review of the Body of Knowledge was established.
    The second edition of the Body of Knowledge formed the basis for the revised Civil Engineering Program Criteria used to review Civil Engineering programs through ABET, effective for ABET reviews beginning in Fall 2016.

    The application period for the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee has closed. 


    The members of the new task committee will be selected in late Summer 2016 and the new committee will convene in October 2016.


    Questions? Contact Leslie Nolen, ASCE Staff.

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