Design Standards for the Civil and Structural Engineering (SE) Exams


Structural Design Standards

Designated by NCEES as effective beginning with the April 2010 examinations.

Per NCEES, solutions to examination questions that reference a standard of practice are scored based on this list. Solutions based on other editions or standards will not receive credit. All problems are in English units.

AASHTO: LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, 4th edition, 2007, with 2008 Interim Revisions, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC.

IBC: International Building Code, 2006 edition (without supplements), International Code Council, Falls Church, VA.

ASCE 7: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, 2005, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY.

ACI 318: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, 2005, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI.

ACI 530 & ACI 530.1-05: Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry Structures (and related commentaries), 2005; American Concrete Institute, Detroit, MI; Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA; and The Masonry Society, Boulder, CO.
Note: Examinees will use only the Allowable Stress Design (ASD) method, except strength design section 3.3.5 may be used for walls with out-of-plane loads.

AISC: Steel Construction Manual, 13th edition, American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc., Chicago, IL.
Note: Examinees may choose between the AISC/ASD and AISC/LRFD design following the 13th edition only.

AISC: Seismic Design Manual, American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc., Chicago, IL.
Note: This manual was released to the public in spring 2007. It includes 341-05 and the 2006 supplement.

NDS: National Design Specification for Wood Construction ASD/LRFD, 2005 edition & National Design Specification Supplement, Design Values for Wood Construction, 2005 edition, American Forest and Paper Association (formerly National Forest Products Association), Washington, DC.

PCI: PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete, 6th edition, 2004, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago, IL.

Please click on the following links to download the updated NCEES Civil: Structural or Structural Engineering (SE) exam specifications and design standards.


Transportation Design Standards

Designated by NCEES as effective beginning with the April 2010 examinations.

AASHTO: A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 2001 edition (4th edition), American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC. Available here.

AASHTO: AASHTO Guide for Design of Pavement Structures (GDPS-4-M) 1993, and 1998 supplement, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC.

AASHTO: Roadside Design Guide, 3rd edition with 2006 Chapter 6 Update, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC.

AI: The Asphalt Handbook (MS-4), 2007, 7th edition, Asphalt Institute, Lexington, KY.

HCM: Highway Capacity Manual (HCM 2000), 2000 edition, Transportation Research Board—National Research Council, Washington, DC. Available here.
Note: Including all changes adopted through November 14, 2007.

MUTCD: Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, 2009, U.S. Department of Transportation—Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC.

PCA: Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 2002 (rev. 2008), 14th edition, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, IL.

ITE: Traffic Engineering Handbook, 2009, 6th edition, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, DC.

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Construction Design Standards

Designated by NCEES as effective beginning with the October 2008 examinations.

ASCE 37-02: Design Loads on Structures During Construction, 2002, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA, www.asce.org.

NDS: National Design Specification for Wood Construction, 2005, American Forest & Paper Association/American Wood Council, Washington, DC, www.awc.org.

CMWB: Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls During Construction, 2001, Council for Masonry Wall Bracing, Mason Contractors Association of America, Lombard, IL, www.masoncontractors.org.

AISC: Steel Construction Manual, 13th edition, American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc., Chicago, IL, www.aisc.org.

ACI 318-05: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, 2005, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI, www.concrete.org.

ACI 347-04: Guide to Formwork for Concrete, 2004, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI, www.concrete.org (in ACI SP-4, 7th edition appendix).

ACI SP-4: Formwork for Concrete, 7th edition, 2005, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI, www.concrete.org.

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry, 29 CFR Part 1926, (U.S. federal version), U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC.

MUTCD-Pt 6: Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices—Part 6 Temporary Traffic Control, 2009, U.S. Federal Highway Administration, www.fhwa.dot.gov.

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