The University of Texas

If we are offline email the Engineering Librarians or try Ask a Librarian

Finding Engineering Standards

Databases | In Print | Websites | Standards FAQ


Databases

Our subscription only includes the current standards. NOTE: We don't subscribe to ANSI standards, UNLESS they are co-sponsored by one of the following groups:

Society Database Notes
AASHTO - American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
ACI - American Concrete Institute IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
API - American Petroleum Institute IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
ASHRAE handbooks [older print handbooks can be found in the catalog] IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"to search for standards.

For ASHRAE handbooks type "ashrae handbook" in the keyword search field
ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code BPVC IHS Once in the database select "ASME BPVC Advantage"
ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
AWS - American Welding Society IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
ICC - International Code Council IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
IEEE, IEE IEEE Xplore Click on Browse at the top left and select Standards
IESNA - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
NFPA - National Fire Protection Association IHS Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.
SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers Handbook
Ground vehicle standards: J Reports (2008)
SAE Handbook Available only in the University of Texas Libraries on library work stations.

Search Tips:

  • Do not include dates (ASTM F1511-2005)
  • Do not search for general terms such as "pump standards." Search by document title or number; if you don't have this information type specific words that should appear in the title, for example "titanium welding."
  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail the Engineering Library or call us at (512) 495-4511

PLEASE NOTE: International Standards (ISO, IEC, ITU, DIN, etc.) are not collected or purchased by the University of Texas Libraries.  Go to the IHS Standards Store to purchase copies of standards from all national or international organizations and many companies.

In Print at the Library

ACI (American Concrete Institute) Manual of Concrete Practice. Now available online via our IHS subscription

TA 439 A252 V.1- V.6 Most recent edition is available in Engineering Library Reference LIBRARY USE ONLY
Check the catalog for older volumes

International Building Code - International Code Council. Now available online via our IHS subscription

KF 5701 A329 I524 2015 - only available in print in the Architecture Library

International Existing Building Code. Now available online via our IHS subscription

TH 420 I573 2006 - Architecture Library Reference Collection LIBRARY USE ONLY
TH 420 I573 2003 - PCL - Engineering Collection - PCL Stacks 6AA-BB

NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers ) International book of standards

TA 462 N334 2001 V.1 - V.2 - PCL - Engineering Collection - PCL Stacks 6AA-BB

Military and Federal Agencies

Commercial Providers 

top


Standards FAQ

What is a standard?

"A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose." - ISO

Types of standards:

  • Category, type, dimension, structure, equipment, quality, grade, component, performance, durability, or safety 
  • Methods of manufacturing, methods of designing, methods of drawing, methods of using, or methods of operation of safety condition of production
  • Methods of testing, analyzing, appraising, verifying, or measuring 
  • Terms, abbreviations, symbols, marks, preferred numbers, or units 
  • Design, methods of execution, or safety conditions

What are some points to remember when using standards? 

  • Some standards are government-mandated, and others are voluntary.  There may be various penalties associated with not adhering to the standard. 
  • Standards are updated frequently to keep pace with changing technology -- check to see if the standard you are using is the latest version. 
  • Older, superceded versions of standards may be useful in many cases, such as legal disputes concerning the performance of a product that was manufactured when the older standard was in force.  The Engineering Library DOES NOT maintain historical or superceded standards. 

Learn more about standards

Who creates standards?

Standards are created by a wide variety of organizations.  The most common are:

  • Professional societies, such as the IEEE 
  • Industrial or manufacturing associations, such as the American Wire Rope Manufacturers 
  • Governmental agencies or bodies, such as the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Companies, such as General Motors [Company standards are often proprietary and therefore are available only to approved subcontractors.]  
  • International bodies

Many countries also have national standardization organizations.  Country standards are in the language of the country.  English translations are not typically available.

There is also the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  The ISO is a non-governmental organization that both creates and approves international standards.  ISO deals with all subject areas except electrical and electrotechnical matters; these are handled by the International Electrotechnical Association (IEC).

Notes:

  • Company standards are often proprietary and therefore are available only to approved subcontractors. 
  • Country standards are in the language of the country.  English translations are not typically available.

What is a specification?

Specifications are concise statements of requirements for materials, products or services that are to be purchased by an industry or government agency.  Specifications are limited to a specific project or government agency. Standards are specifications that are recognized as the most practical and appropriate current solution, that is agreed upon by a recognized authority, for a recurring problem.

top

MAIN LIBRARY

Perry-Castañeda Library
101 East 21st St.
Austin, TX. 78713

Phone: (512) 495-4350

Connect with UT Libraries

Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr Google Plus Flickr Pinterest YouTube

© The University of Texas at Austin 2016   UTDIRECT