ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith

For the first time, we will release our flagship U.S. building codes, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE/SEI 7-16), in an easy-to-use online platform.

This represents a giant leap in the evolution of our standards to meet the challenges faced by engineers today, while allowing us to constantly maintain and update our standards and improve accessibility for the user.

The new edition features several important technical updates from the 2010 edition, including new wind-speed and seismic maps, new state-coordinated snow data for seven mountainous states, and entirely new chapters on tsunami and fire design.

The online platform includes many user-requested, interactive features such as corporate and personal note-taking features, side-by-side display of provisions and commentary, redlining features to spot changes, real-time updates of supplements and errata, and more.

Also, releasing midmonth is the dynamic ASCE 7 Hazard Tool, featuring easy-to-use mapping that will offer a better way to search key design parameters specified by Standard ASCE 7. This site will enable the user to pull precise hazard data for wind, seismic, flood, snow, rain, ice, and tsunami risk, and it will generate a report showing hazard data for your location.

The Tsunami Loads and Effects Subcommittee of the ASCE/SEI 7 Standards Committee has developed a new Chapter 6 – “Tsunami Loads and Effects.” This chapter will become the first national, consensus-based standard for tsunami resilience for use in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.

The standard will be available in print and as an e-book for purchase midmonth in the ASCE Library. The Hazard tool testing is now complete and the beta-testing site will run for free for our members from mid-June until August, with the wind and tsunami maps remaining free to access indefinitely. We will offer yearly subscriptions for the full tool after the free beta period.

We are also finalizing the all-new online version of the standard, which provides access to both ASCE 7-10 and 7-16 with enhanced features to make it faster and easier to work in. Look for its release in late summer.

Ultimately, as stated in the first Canon of ASCE’s Code of Ethics, it is the engineers’ job to hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public and to strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development in the performance of their professional duties. To stay true to this promise, engineers must stay up to date on the latest building codes.




In case you missed them, here are some other exciting developments around the ASCE community:

Share your summer vacation pics of civil engineering landmarks with us

If you’re like me, you’ve experienced how ASCE’s Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks make great vacation stops. Will you be seeing any this summer? Take a photo of yourself at a landmark, share it on our social media channels, and it may be featured in our gallery of great landmark photos. Tag your public photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #VisitASCELandmarks. You can find landmarks to visit in your neck of the woods with your iPhone or Android using the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card app.

Want a change of pace from the summer blockbusters? See Dream Big with your friends and family

Take your friends and family to the eye-popping IMAX 3D experience that will make them and you proud of what you do – Dream Big: Engineering Our World, now playing and coming soon to many museum theaters. See the list of theaters to find Dream Big playing in a place near you.

Aspiring to be a young engineering leader? Secure a spot for this year’s Younger Member Leadership Symposium

For members 35 and under who want to step into a leadership role, this year’s Younger Member Leadership Symposium, Aug. 4-6, will provide skills to help you succeed in the workplace. You’ll study key leadership traits that contribute to successful project management, engage in self-reflection on your personal management style, and have common leadership myths debunked. You’ll also get to meet ASCE Younger Members from across the country. Space is limited, so register and book a room today.

Should you become an expert in a defined engineering niche? Turn to “Ask Anthony”

For a recent post in his ASCE News series, engineering career adviser Anthony Fasano draws on experience as a civil engineer to offer tips on whether you’ll better your career position by developing expertise in a niche of civil engineering. Read his latest Ask Anthony post, plus the archive of his past posts.

Rack up vital PDHs in Las Vegas at ASCE Week

ASCE Week allows members to make a lot of headway toward license renewal in one place. Collect as many as 42 PDHs at the next ASCE Week in Las Vegas this fall. Choose from 11 of our most popular face-to-face seminars and take part in a newly upgraded, private Hoover Dam tour. Register for two seminars and save up to $1,100, or save up to $450 off one seminar. Mark your calendar for Sept. 24-29, and sign up now for the deepest discounts.

Free collections of papers and journals available for limited time

View free collections of papers available courtesy of the newly renovated ASCE Library online. These collections are put together surrounding ASCE conferences or events to help you gain some background knowledge in the field of choice.

To read the collection of papers register with the ASCE library. ASCE Membership is not required.

View the full collection list or choose from the list below:

60th Anniversary of Flagship Journals, free through Dec. 31
Concrete Canoe, free through June 17
Geotechnical Frontiers, free through June 30
Structures Congress, free through July 31
Tsunami Loads and Effects, free through Aug. 31

Get a colleague to join ASCE and you both reap rewards

Know someone you work with who would benefit from ASCE but is somehow still not a member? Invite your peers through ASCE’s referral program, and you’ll also benefit when they join. Claim your reward in three easy steps.

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