ASCE Tackles Standards

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 8, Pg. 64-69

Document Type: Feature article


ASCE is sharply expanding its standards activity. Standards committees are at work in the fields of building loads, fire safety of structures, steel box-girder bridges, nuclear power plants and excavations for foundations. Hopefully an environmental standards committee will be formed soon. ASCE will work towards standards only when there is an unmet need in its field. An ASCE Technical Council of Codes & Standards will be established in October, 1967; member enrollment is invited, and eventually a journal will be published (jointly with other Technical Councils). Described are case histories of landmark failures in the history of U.S. standards, how a standard is written now, procedures in committee makeup and standards-writing procedures. Thoughts of the chairmen of each ASCE standards committee, as to the key for standards in his area, are given (Except for excavations-foundations, which will be the subject of a later feature article).

Subject Headings: Standards and codes | Fire resistance | Structural safety | Steel structures | Steel bridges | Bridge foundations | Power plants | Excavation

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