The 10 Bestselling ASCE Books of 2017

December 11, 2017

What do you get for the civil engineer on your list this gift-giving season?

It’s a tough decision, but the ASCE Publishing Best-Sellers List is a good place to start.

It was a major year in publishing at ASCE, topped by the release in the summer of the much-anticipated standard, ASCE 7-16.

Here’s a look at the Top 10 ASCE print book titles sold in 2017:



Engineer Entrepreneur_front.indd10. Engineer to Entrepreneur: Success Strategies to Manage Your Career and Start Your Own Firm

Starting, managing, and owning an engineering firm can be a daunting experience. This book by Rick De La Guardia provides practical steps at key career points to reach professional goals in any engineering discipline.



ASCE Standards_August 2016_new green.indd9. Tensile Membrane Structures (standard 55-16)

This standard provides the minimum criteria required for analysis, design, and performance of membrane-covered cable and rigid member structures. It was prepared by the Tensile Membrane Structures Standards Committee of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Codes and Standards Activities Division.



Wind Loads8. Wind Loads: Guide to the Wind Load Provisions of ASCE 7-10

This guide, by Kishor C. Mehta and William L. Coulbourne, focuses on wind load provisions in Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE/SEI standard 7-10, affecting the planning, design, and construction of residential and commercial buildings.



Engineering Ethics_front.indd7. Engineering Ethics: Real World Case Studies

Organized by the canons of the ASCE Code of Ethics, this guide by Steven K. Starrett, Amy L. Lara, and Carlos Bertha, benefits civil engineers in all disciplines and career stages, including practitioners, consultants, government engineers, engineering educators, and students.




Seismic Evaluation6. Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings (standard 41-13)

Using performance-based principles, this standard lays out deficiency-based and systematic procedures used to assess and retrofit existing buildings to better withstand the effects of earthquakes.



Environmental Engineering5. Field Guide to Environmental Engineering for Development Workers: Water, Sanitation, and Indoor Air

Fully illustrated, the guide is a complete handbook for international engineering service projects that involve water supply and treatment, watersheds, sanitation systems, and indoor air quality. Authors James R. Mihelcic, Lauren M. Fry, Elizabeth A. Myre, Linda D. Phillips, and Brian Barkdoll provide the tools necessary to implement the right technology in developing regions around the world. A foreword by President Jimmy Carter provides incentive.


Flood Resistant Design

4. Flood Resistant Design and Construction (standard 24-14)

Prepared by the Flood Resistant Design and Construction Committee of the Codes and Standards Activities Division of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute, ASCE/SEI 24-14 provides minimum requirements for design and construction of structures located in flood hazard areas and subject to building code requirements.


Geotechnical Testing3. Geotechnical Testing, Observation, and Documentation, Second Edition

An in-depth field manual for soil technicians and geotechnical engineers, this reference guide by Tim Davis is organized for use during the investigation, grading, and construction phases of geotechnical projects.



Design Loads2. Design Loads on Structures During Construction (standard 37-14)

Prepared by the Design Loads on Structures during Construction Standards Committee of the Codes and Standards Activities Division of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute, ASCE/SEI 37-14, describes the minimum design requirements for construction loads, load combinations, and load factors affecting buildings and other structures that are under construction.


Standard 7-16_front.indd1. Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (7-16) and Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (7-10)

Prepared by the Committee on Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures of the Codes and Standards Activities Division of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute, ASCE/SEI 7-16, provides the most up-to-date and coordinated loading standard for general structural design. A comprehensive online edition of 7-16 and 7-10, featuring robust searching, redlining, annotation and sharing tools, will be available in early 2018 at

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