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SEI Codes & Standards Division

  • SEI Codes & Standards Division (CSAD) committees develop and maintain leading design standards that are used worldwide. The CSAD Executive Committee manages 28 committees with 20 subcommittees.


    Coordinate all activities of ASCE related to the establishment, use, or discontinuance of standards in the area of buildings.

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  • Standard Committees

  • Purpose: Define magnitudes of loads  suitable for the design of buildings and other structures, including  dead loads from the weight of construction materials and fixed  installations, live loads caused by the user, and environmental loads  such as those which arise from the effects of wind, snow, and  earthquakes. Develop loading criteria for assuring safety,  serviceability, and integrity which are applicable to wide class of  construction technologies 

  • Purpose: To develop standards for blast resistant design and construction of new and existing structures.

  • Purpose: Develop standards for design loads on construction related structures.

  • Purpose: To develop a consensus standard for disproportionate collapse mitigation of building structures. The content of the standard will be based on available technical information including the technical documents produced by the SEI/TAD disproportionate collapse committee, the GSA/DoD Guide, other available guides and standards, and published research papers and reports. 

  • Purpose:  To develop standards for earthquake actuated automatic gas shutoff systems as updates of ASCE 25 Standard. 

  • Purpose: To develop standards for design, fabrication, and erection of composite structural members for buildings and constructed facilities and for design and installation of plastic pipe for sewer force main non-pressure gravity flow and underdrain applications.  

  • Purpose: To develop a national consensus standard for fiberglass walkway gratings.

  • Purpose: Create a consensus standard for the design, fabrication, erection and maintenance of free-standing, self supporting wind-exposed FRP stacks.

  • Purpose: Develop standards for flood resistant design and construction.

  • Purpose: Provide detailed information on the design and construction of FPSF.

  • Purpose: To advance the development and coordination of nuclear engineering standards as related to the practice of civil engineering. As appropriate, standards will be written and committee activities will be coordinated with other nuclear standard writing organizations for maximum effectiveness as updates of ASCE 4 Standard.

  • Purpose: Develop consensus standards for the seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings.

  • Purpose: Develop standards for the design of cold-formed stainless steel sections using the AISI Cold-Formed  Structural Design Manual 1974 Edition as a resource document.

  • Purpose: To revise ASCE Standard 19-96 considering technological advances in materials, structural analysis, research, and construction methods. The Standard is to state requirements for the structural design, construction contract documents, shop drawings, fabrication, and installation of cables for use as structural elements of buildings and pedestrian bridges.   

  • Purpose: Identify engineering issues,  develop solutions, and prepare consensus standards for the structural  condition assessment and rehabilitation of buildings. This will include  the assessment of materials, components and systems; identification of  risks and setting of priorities; and selection and implementation of  strengthening techniques.

  • Purpose: Identify needs and to develop consensus standards for the condition  assessment of existing building structure including the overall  evaluation process and specific considerations of building materials,  components and systems. Both documentation of available condition  assessment methods and formulation of new procedures will be included.

  • Purpose: Identify needs and to develop standard guidelines containing procedures for the condition assessment of existing building walls and roofs. Only those issues affecting structural integrity will be considered. The  guidelines will cover load bearing and non-load bearing walls,  fenestrations, cornices, parapets and ornamentation. Roof systems to be  covered include the primary load carrying system, and membrane and other water proofing systems. Whenever possible, existing standards for  evaluating the performance of the building envelope will be referenced.

  • Purpose: Develop standards for structural design for fire conditions.The current standard is ASCE 29-99 Standard Calculations for Structural Fire Conditions. The calculation methods provided in the document are intended to produce fire resistance rating times that are equivalent to the results obtained from the standard fire test, ASTM E119 Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials. The calculation methods of this standard are for use as an alternative to the laboratory test results. These calculation methods are applicable only to structural steel, plain concrete, reinforced concrete, timber and wood, concrete masonry, and clay masonry.

  • Purpose: To develop design standards for  the following structure types: tensile membranes, air-supported  membranes, air-inflated membranes, and frame-supported membranes.

  • Purpose: provide minimum requirements for wind tunnel tests to determine wind loads on and response of buildings and other structures. 

  • Purpose: To develop standardized methods for estimating the intensity of tornadoes and other severe wind storms.

  • Purpose: To develop a standard for the proper specification, design, installation, and on-going maintenance of athletic field, or other similar large area lighting system support structures.

  • Purpose: To develop a standard for the design of steel transmission poles.

  • Purpose: To develop a standard for design of steel transmission towers using the updated ASCE Manual 52 Guide for Design of Steel Transmission Structures as a resource document, as updated in ASCE 10 Standard.