Industry Standards for Erosion Control Products—Future Tools for Civil Engineers

by David T. Williams, (F.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


In 1990, the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) formed a Cooperative Standards Program (CSP), directed by the IECA Committee on Standards. The purpose of the CSP is to develop industry standards that will cover the complete range of information needed to evaluate products used to control erosion and sediment, from the characteristics of the materials and testing methods, to installation. Once completed, the standards will provide a common basis for testing and product descriptions, provide design data and increase the overall efficiency of erosion control applications. This paper describes the purpose and organizational structure of the IECA's Committee on Standards, the types and subject areas of the standards, the process of standards writing and approval, status of current standards, and anticipated benefits for design professionals once standards are available for use.

Subject Headings: Industries | Standards and codes | Erosion | Material tests | Materials characterization | Material properties | Organizations | Sediment

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