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|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.|
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|ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers||IHS||Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.|
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|ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials||IHS||Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" to search for standards.|
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|IEEE, IEE||IEEE Xplore||Click on Browse at the top left and select Standards|
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|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.|
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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
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
"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
- ANSI Through History With Standards Overview
- Standards.gov - offers background materials and useful links for locating information about the use of standards in government. Our primary focus is on federal agency use of standards for regulatory and procurement purposes.
- www.StandardsLearn.org - This web resource provides easy-to-use, self-paced educational tools for everyone who wants or needs an introduction to standards and conformity assessment activities.
- ASME Standards - Examples of Use of Codes and Standards for Students in Mechanical Engineering
- University Outreach Program - ANSI Education and Training
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).
- 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.
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.