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Civil Engineering Research: Standards & Specifications


The UB Libraries have a selected collection of standards and specifications. Some are in print while others are accessible online. Major sets that relate to civil engineering are listed below.

AA - Aluminum Association

We have a few AA standards, listed below. Information about other AA standards is available via the Aluminum Association website.

  • Aluminum Standards and Data (2003)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TA 480 .A6 A77
  • Aluminum Design Manual (2015)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TA 690 .A45

AASHTO - American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

We keep current with certain selected AASHTO standards and specifications, including those listed below.  Information about other AASHTO standards is available online from the AASHTO website.

  • Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (6th edition, 2011) (aka "The Green Book")
    APL Book Collection in the Health Sciences Library TE 175 .A55 2011
  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (2012 ed.)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TE 228.1 .M8 2012; also available at: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/
  • Manual for Bridge Evaluation (2nd edition, with 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 interim revisions)
    Available online via our subscription to Knovel E-Books
  • LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (7th edition, 2014) with 2015 and 2016 interim revisions
    Available online via our subscription to Knovel E-Books
  • LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (6th edition, 2012) with 2012 and 2013 interim revisions and 2012 errata
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TG 23 .A25 2012; also available online via our subscription to Knovel E-Books (online version includes 2012 and 2013 interim revisions and 2012 errata)
  • LRFD Bridge Construction Specifications (3rd ed., with 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 interim revisions)
    Available online via our subscription to Knovel E-Books
  • Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges (17th edition, 2002)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TG 310 .A6
  • Guide Specifications for Seismic Isolation Design (3rd edition, 2010)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TG 265 .A43
  • Guide Specifications for LRFD Seismic Bridge Design (2nd ed., 2011, with 2012, 2014, and 2015 interim revisions)
    Available online via our subscription to Knovel E-Books
  • LRFD Guide Specifications for the Design of Pedestrian Bridges with 2015 Interim Revisions (2nd edition)
    Available online via our subscription to Knovel E-Books; note: the earlier, 2009 edition is in print and available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection, call number: TG 428 .L74 2009
  • Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaires, and Traffic Signals (6th edition, 2013)
    Lockwood Library Book Collection TE 228 .S72 2013
  • AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5:2015 Bridge Welding Code (7th edition, 2015)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TG 315 .B75 2015

ACI - American Concrete Institute

  • ACI Manual of Concrete Practice (2016 edition)
    Lockwood Library Sc & Engr Reference Collection TA 439 .A358

    This multi-volume set (issued annually) contains all of the widely used ACI concrete and masonry code requirements, specifications, guides, and reports. The most recent edition is shelved in Reference. Older editions are shelved in the Lockwood Book Collection or in the Annex under the same call number.  Please Note: Since ACI does not print the full text of every standard and guide annually, you may find only a single-page synopsis for the desired standard or guide in the most current edition. If you find such a synopsis page, you will need to go to the older editions and work your way back chronologically until you find the latest year that provides the full text.

See the ACI website for additional information about ACI standards and standards-related activities.

AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction

  • Seismic Design Manual (2nd edition, 2012)
    Lockwood Library Book Collection TA 658.44 .S399 2012
  • Selected AISC standards are available for free from the AISC wesbite.  These include the following:

ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers

  • We have most current ASCE standards in print. These are shelved either in the Lockwood Science & Engineering Reference Collection on the 1st floor of Lockwood Library or in the Lockwood Book Collection. To locate them in the UB Libraries' collections, use the listing on the ASCE standards webpage to get the full title and then search by the title in the UB Libraries Catalog to get the library location and call number information or contact the Engineering Librarian at schiller@buffalo.edu.

ASTM International (formerly, American Society for Testing & Materials)

  • Annual Book of ASTM Standards (2017 & 2014 editions are kept in Reference)
    Lockwood Science & Engineering Reference Collection TA 401 .A64

    Volume 1 of this multi-volume work is the index for the set and contains both a subject and alphanumeric listing of all of the standards and test methods included in the collection. The ASTM website also provides access to an online catalog that can be searched by keyword or standard number to help you identify relevant standards in this printed set. The 2017 edition, shelved in the Lockwood Library Science & Engineering Reference Collection, is the most recent set we have. The 2014 edition is also available in the Lockwood Library Science & Engineering Reference Collection. Older editions are shelved in the Lockwood Book Collection under the same call number or in the Annex.

NESC - National Electrical Safety Code

  • National Electrical Safety Code - The full text of the NESC 2012 edition is available to UB staff, faculty, and students via IEEE Xplore.  Once connected, from under Browse, select Standards, and then in the keyword search box type in "National Electrical Safety Code" or try directly linking via http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5967877/.

NFPA - National Fire Protection Association

We have access to all NFPA codes, standards, and handbooks through the database below.  This includes the National Fire Code (NFPA-1) and the National Electrical Code (NFPA-70).

  • National Fire Protection Association Codes, Standards, Handbooks provides online access to all NFPA codes, standards, and handbooks. The handbooks contain expert commentary and graphics to help clarify code concepts. 

    Among many other titles, we have access to:

    • NFPA 1: National Fire Code, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2009, and 2006 editions
    • NEC 70: National Electrical Code, 2017, 2014, 2011, 2008, and 2005 editions (Note: Older editions of the NEC [incomplete, 1978-2014] are in print shelved in the Lockwood Book Collection under the call number TK223 .N27)
    • NEC 70E: Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2009, and 2004 editions
    • NFPA 54: ANSI Z223.1-2018 National Fuel Gas Code, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2009, and 2006 editions
    • NFPA 58: Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, 2017, 2014, 2011, 2008, and 2004 editions
    • NFPA 101: Life Safety Code, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2009, and 2000 editions
  • We also have the latest edition (2017) of the National Electrical Code in print in the Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TK223 .N27. We have a standing order to receive the latest edition in print when a new edition is published.  Older editions in print (incomplete, 1978-2014) are shelved in the Lockwood Library Book Collection under the same call number.

Engineering Librarian

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Nancy Schiller
Contact:
119 Lockwood Library
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
716-645-1338

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