Structural Steel Design
American Institute of Steel Construction.
AISC develops standards for the design of steel structures,
publishes the Steel Construction Manual
and certifies steel fabrication and erection firms.
Structural Stability Research Council.
SSRC (formerly the Column Research Council) investigates requirements for the stability of
steel structures. Organizes the annual Stability Conference and publishes
the Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures.
Research Council on Structural Connections.
RCSC conducts research on structural connections.
Developed the Guide to Design Criteria for Bolted and Riveted Joints and
the Specification for Structural Joints Using ASTM A325 or ASTM A490 Bolts.
James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation.
Founded in 1936 to promote arc welding.
Although historically related to the Lincoln Arc Welding Company,
the Foundation is a non-profit organization publishing vendor-independent research
and manuals on welding design -
including the fabrication of complex and/or highly-restrained weldments.
Technical papers are available for free download.
Comprehensive design and reference manuals are available at nominal cost.
Steel Deck Institute.
Provides data on the design and construction of structural floors and roofs
using cold-formed steel decking.
Publishes manuals, handbooks, whitepapers, and position papers,
on composite decks, form decks, cellular decks, and roof decks,
and also diaphragm design.
Steel Joist Institute.
Develops standards and regulations for the open web steel joist industry.
Publishes manuals and design guides including the
Catalog of Standard Specifications and Load Tables...,
also a CD-ROM of data on all open-web joists since 1927.
Association of Iron & Steel Technology.
Formed in 2004 when the Association of Iron & Steel Engineers (AISE)
and the Iron & Steel Society merged.
Many books and papers available from their Steel Library
Much is related to metallurgy and steel manufacturing,
rather than design and construction, but includes
TR 13 Guide to the Design and Construction of Mill Buildings
and other publications about overhead cranes.
Steel Tank Institute / Steel Plate Fabrication Association.
Develops standards and guidelines for
the fabrication, erection, operation and maintenance of
steel tanks and similar structures.
Reinforced Concrete Design
American Concrete Institute.
ACI develops standards for concrete design and construction including
"ACI 318" (Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete) and for
evaluating existing structures.
Also publishes the multi-volume Manual of Concrete Practice.
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute.
CRSI publishes manuals on the fabrication, placement, and inspection of rebars.
Also publishes design information and data on proprietary reinforcing systems that
were used in old concrete buildings.
Portland Cement Association.
An organization of cement companies to improve and extend the uses of Portland
cement and concrete through market development, engineering research, education and
public affairs work. Publishes much useful data including Notes on ACI-318.
Post Tensioning Institute.
PTI publishes standards and recommended practices for post-tensioning systems and applications.
Wire Reinforcement Institute.
WRI publishes standards and recommended practices for structural welded-wire reinforcement (WWR)
and related products for concrete reinforcement.
Most publications are available as PDFs for free download.
Light Gauge Steel and Metal Building Systems
American Iron and Steel Institute.
Organization for the steel industry. AISI also develops design standards
and manuals for light-gauge cold formed steel structures.
Metal Building Manufacturers Association.
MBMA is a trade organization for the metal building industry. Publishes design information
in the Metal Building Systems Manual and
the Metal Roofing Systems Design Manual.
Light Gauge Structural Institute.
LGSI is a nonprofit organization of member companies who manufacture light gauge cold formed sections.
Publishes the Light Gauge Structural Steel Framing Systems Design Handbook.
Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures.
CCFSS is a research center at the Missouri University of Science & Technology
(formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). Good source of information and links to
Cold-Formed Steel Council
part of SBCA (see below) -
CFSC focuses on the design, erection, and bracing of light-gauge steel trusses
and wall panels.
Structural Wood Design
The American Wood Council.
The AWC of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)
publishes the National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction
and related documents. These are the primary guides for the design and
construction of wood structures.
The Engineered Wood Association (formerly the American Plywood Association) develops standards
and guides for designing structures made of plywood and other engineered wood (OSB, LVL,
Engineered Wood Products Association (EWPA)
Trade association of manufacturers and distributors of dimension lumber, glulam, wood I-joists,
structural composite lumber (LSL, LVL, PSL, OSB), trusses, wall and structural panels.
Does not publish standards, but has links to many other associations.
EWPA is different from APA/EWA (above) which publishes design standards.
American Institute of Timber Construction.
AITC is the trade association of the structural glued laminated (glulam) timber industry.
It publishes the Timber Construction Manual which is the industry guide to
designing heavy structures and trusses.
Western Wood Products Association.
Develops grading rules for softwood lumber from the western states.
Provides strength values used in the NDS. Many publications available.
Wood I-Joist Manufacturers Association.
Develops design guides for the use of wood I-joists in light construction.
Truss Plate Institute.
Develops design guides for manufacturing and installing light wood trusses assembled using metal plates.
Wood Truss Council of America (WTCA)
renamed in 2008 to the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA)
provides information on lightweight wood trusses, wall panels and related components.
SBCA also includes the Cold-Formed Steel Council (see above).
Leading manufacturer of metal connector hardware for wood construction.
Much design information is available.
USP Structural Connectors.
Manufacturer of metal hardware for wood construction. Much design information is available.
Structural Aluminum Design
The Aluminum Association.
Publishes the Aluminum Design Manual.
The Masonry Society.
Joint publisher, with ASCE and ACI (see above), of the
Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry Structures.
Also publishes the Masonry Designers Guide.
Their Publication Store sells many useful related publications.
Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC).
Part of the Masonry Society (above).
Focus group for masonry design standards.
International Masonry Institute.
Trade association promoting quality masonry construction.
Focus is on training masons/bricklayers but includes well-illustrated detailing information.
Mason Contractors Association of America.
Trade association of masonry contractors and suppliers.
Holds the MCCA Convention at the annual World of Concrete conference.
Extensive links page.
Brick Industry Association.
Formerly the Brick Institute of America.
Trade association representing manufacturers and distributors of clay brick and related products.
Publishes technical notes.
Ceramic Glazed Masonry Institute.
(not to be confused with CMGI)
Trade association of glazed ceramic product manufacturers and distributors.
Includes links to manufacturers, distributors, and other organizations.
National Brick Research Center.
A component of Clemson University.
Conducts research on clay bricks and other ceramic materials.