CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECTS TESTING PROCEDURE ORGANIZATIONS

TESTING PROCEDURE ORGANIZATIONS IN USA FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECTS
What Are The Testing Procedure Organization In USA For Civil Engineering Projects?


Numerous organizations that are involved with the construction industry have testing as part of their specifications. Below is a list of those special organizations (not inclusive).

These organizations have set up procedures for testing every component on a construction site. The architects and consultants that have developed the contract drawings and specification usually include in these documents the tests that are required for the project.

These testing procedures are taken from the organizations listed in the list. In the urban environment, the local, state, and municipal governments have established additional testing requirements that must be followed.

In a majority of cases, outside testing laboratories are used to determine the capability of the components. The testing laboratories used should be completely independent from the party requesting the tests and are usually retained by the owner.

The names of the local testing laboratories can be obtained through the Internet, local yellow pages,
local contractors, or municipal agencies.


The following is a list of organizations (not inclusive) that have testing as part of
their specifications:

1. ACI (American Concrete Institute)—http://www.concrete.org/general/home.asp
2. AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction)—http://www.aisc.org/
3. ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials)—http://www.astm.org/
4. NEC (National Electrical Code)—http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?pid= 7008SB&src=nfpa&order_src=A292
5. ASHRAE (American Society of Heating Refrigeration Air Conditioning
Engineers)—http://www.ashrae.org/
6. IBC (International Building Code)—http://www.iccsafe.org/
7. NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association)—http://www.nfpa.org/
8. UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.)—http://www.ul.com/

9. Local building codes—Will vary depending upon location
10. ANSI (American National Standards Institute)—http://www.ansi.org/
11. AWS (American Welding Society)—http://www.aws.org/w/a/
12. SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National
Association)—http://www.smacna.org/
13. ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)—http://www.asme.org/
14. SIGMA (Sealed Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association)—401 N. Michigan
Ave., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 644-6610
15. AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association)—
http://www.aamanet.org/
16. FM (Factory Mutual)—http://www.fmglobal.com/
17. NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association)—http://www.nema.org/
18. NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)—http://www.nist.gov/
19. PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute)—http://www.pci.org/intro.cfm
20. ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)—http://www.asce.org/asce.cfm

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