This year’s list of the top 20 most visited civil and structural engineering websites includes a record number of professional organizations; more than half. The knowledge and career development resources made available by these websites make them key references among professionals in the field. Therefore, we made sure that links to important resources and features are included in each website’s description. This ranking is based on Alexa Analytics scores which measure the international traffic level of these websites.
Our front-runner this year, like in the past three years, is the website of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The USACE is the largest public engineering agency in the United States, with about 37,000 dedicated civilians and soldiers delivering their services in more than 130 countries around the world. The agency missions include, but are not limited to, building and maintaining public and military infrastructure, environmental protection and mitigation, and emergency response. Its website provides information about the agency’s centers of expertise and programs, plus news and updates. The website’s library is its greatest resource, with links to databases of geospatial information, publications, research, and development.
The Constructor holds its place for the second year. The website remains popular thanks to an easy-to-navigate interface and clearly structured articles. The website’s content is filed under five distinct categories: Building, How To Guide, Concrete, Construction and Geotechnical; and addresses various building and structural engineering issues in a concise and illustrated format. Additionally, the platform, based in India, has an active forum where members can ask questions and exchange knowledge and resources.
The American Society of Civil Engineers website ranks third place this year. Its content reflects the diverse resources the society makes available for its members. These include continuing education, licensure and certification, networking, and opportunities to volunteer, including involvement in advocacy, research, and technical groups. ASCE.org is the publisher of, among other references and standards, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7), an integral part of building codes in the United States. Its latest version, ASCE 7-16, comes complete with an online portal and a hazard mapping tool. The website also has dedicated pages to civil engineering ethics, sustainability activities and resources, and its most recent salary survey.
4. Civil Engineering Portal / http://www.engineeringcivil.com
The Civil Engineering Portal aims to be an educational resource for civil engineering students and has been recognized as the best online publication by the Construction Industry Development Council of India (CIDC). The website's content is organized into twelve categories representing different civil engineering branches. Its resources include, among others, video tutorials, presentations transcripts, a glossary of construction terms, a pictures gallery, lists of international conferences and events, and universities offering civil engineering degrees. Visitors can pose questions to one of three experts listed on the website, participate in forum discussions, or share information directly with the website’s readers by submitting their posts and articles.
Whole Building Design Guide is dedicated to providing architects, engineers, and project managers with the knowledge, resources, and information to optimize their project design, planning, programming, and management. These resources include access to guides and specification documents by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), educational resources, and an extensive library of reference documents by other federal agencies and organizations. The website also has an index of resource pages offering additional insight into the industry’s most current technologies, strategies, applications, and standards.
Civil Blog started in 2013 by Suryakanta Padhi, a practicing civil engineer with the desire share his expertise. His articles are categorized into four sections: Materials, Geotechnical, Concrete, and Construction. The blog also contains a collection of recorded conferences. A clean layout and short posts make Civil Blog a popular destination for those seeking to learn the basics of building engineering and construction.
Emporis is an online database of buildings, building images, and companies involved in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. A building’s information can be accessed through the website’s interactive map by searching their location or by checking the directory’s list of highest, newest or most expensive buildings. Paying members can access more information and data through Emporis Research portal. Joining Emporis community allows members to sell their images, add new buildings, and edit information about existing ones in the database.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) develops and publishes standards and technical resources for designing and building with concrete. The institute also runs educational, training and certification programs for professionals in the construction industry. The website offers access to multiple resources to institute members, including registering to institute conventions, enrolling in courses, and joining one of the institute’s multiple committees. Students can benefit from a free membership that grants them access to the institute’s events, educational courses, and materials. A directory of topics ensures easy access to the website’s resource pages and corresponding publications, events and online presentations.
Like the American Concrete Institute, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) develops and distributes specifications, standards, educational programs, technical assistance, and certifications. The institute advocates for the use of structural steel as the material of choice for modern construction. Its website provides various resources reflecting this mission, including publications, conceptual solutions, and projects. Furthermore, the website features the latest industry news and provides access to directories of certified builders and products. The institute organizes an annual conference where members have the opportunity to network and discover advancements within the steel industry. Grant awards recognize outstanding projects and individuals who contribute to advancing the structural steel industry.
The last professional organization in our Top 10 is the United Kingdom’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). This is one of the world’s oldest professional engineering associations; formed almost 200-years-ago. The organization supports its members in developing their careers by providing training and qualifications programs. ICE members also receive access to its world-renown library; both physically and digitally. The website’s resources include case studies, best practices, recorded lectures, publications and event listings. The industry news and institution updates can be found under news and insights, along with the institution’s policy documents and initiatives.
We hope that you enjoyed this year’s selection of websites and that some of them have made it to your favorites folder or bookmark list.
We’ve also created a Twitter list to make following these website’s updates even easier. Let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’d also like to hear if you have any proposals for next year’s ranking. Till then, don’t miss our previous years’ lists: 2013, 2014 and 2016.