The Global Grid's third ranking of 2016 (don’t miss our landscape architecture and urban planning lists) brings you the twenty most popular civil and structural engineering websites. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website maintains its top position for the third year. Along with other professional associations and institutes (which are heavy contenders this year), educational websites are among the most visited websites for civil engineers, according to the international traffic rankings provided by Alexa Analytics. We hope you enjoy this year’s selection.
The US Army Corps of Engineers delivers engineering services for buildings and the maintenance of military facilities, public infrastructure, environmental remediation and provides disaster relief. The website provides details on the organization’s missions and its centers of expertise - as well as news and updates on its operations, events and interventions. More insights into the USACE can be uncovered through their dedicated news channel, where articles, pictures and videos documenting the organization activities are posted. The greatest feature of the website is with no doubt its library section, which provides access to a wealth of resources including publications, magazines, photos, maps and charts.
The Constructor aims to provide construction professionals and students with information and knowledge resources. The website, founded and authored by Gopal Mishra, a civil engineer from India, is formatted as a blog with articles categorized in the following sections: Buildings, Concrete, Construction, How To Guide, Geotechnical and Structural. The website posts are specific and address technical issues in great detail. If you have a question about an engineering topic - or problem - you can submit it to the website community to be answered. You can also become a member of the website and answer questions posed by other members.
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the United States. Its website is dedicated to providing information on its services, licensure programs and exams. Educational resources to complete the licensure exams are also available for purchase on the website. NCEES also administers the NCEES Engineering Award and the NCEES Surveying Award, which recognize educational programs that best reflect NCEES’ mission to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the oldest US engineering society. ASCE advocates for issues that matter to civil engineers both at state and federal levels. Its main priorities are infrastructure, sustainability and engineering education. It offers multiple membership packages, for both individuals and organizations, in the U.S. and internationally. Members can access a myriad of resources for continuing education, certification, licensure and career development through webinars and face-to-face seminars, at discounted rates; they also receive special discounts when purchasing the society’s publications and accessing the ASCE online library and database. Students can become members for free and can apply to one of the society’s fellowships and scholarships. ASCE conferences and events are also listed on the website, along with events organized by affiliated and partner organizations.
The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) is a program initiated by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Its website provides up-to-date information on techniques and technologies that optimize project designs, planning, programming, and management. It is organized in three sections; design recommendations, project management, federal facility criteria. Architects, engineers, facility management professionals, and other building experts can find educational resources to further develop their knowledge and/or pursue or maintain their professional certification or licensure. Additional resources include lists of recent case studies, codes and standards, tools and industry organizations.
Emporis is an online database of building and commercial real estate data. The website provides technical information about all building types, worldwide, crowdsourced from its large online community. In the Building Directory, you can search buildings by location and height and download descriptive pdfs about each project. Pictures of the listed buildings are available for purchase on the website’s image shop. Emporis also has a directory of the companies active in the building and construction industry categorized by sector, city, and activity. If you love buildings, you can join the Emporis community and complete, update or submit information about specific buildings. You can also monetize your contribution by submitting your own pictures of famous buildings to their database.
7. Civil Engineering Portal / http://www.engineeringcivil.com
This website, based in India, is the brainchild of Kanwarjot Singh, a civil engineer from Punjab. Its main audience are civil engineering students who can benefit from its updates about infrastructure projects and software. The website offers links to a database of free publications on civil engineering and related disciplines, and provides lists of the most popular and prominent journals and software of the field. A selection of books and textbooks are also available on the website - with direct Amazon purchase links. The website’s knowledge center houses content ranging from a construction terms glossary, articles and videos to project reports and research papers. The website also has a themed picture gallery, a list of events and a job bank. The website welcomes member contributions through its forum, by commenting under the Ask an Expert page or by directly submitting content.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) specializes in the development and distribution of standards, technical resources, educational & training programs and certification programs for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials. Its website caters specifically to educators, engineers, contractors, and students who can pick from tailored membership packages. Members can then benefit from free access or discounted rates on the institute publications, events, online courses and seminars all at the ACI store. Members can also join committees to work with other ACI fellows on technical, educational or certification issues. News from the ACI is regularly published and videos of the presentations from its conventions and other concrete industry events are available free of cost.
The website of the Portland Cement Association (PCA) is a resource for all those looking for information on cement, cement derived products and solutions for building, structure, and public works. Codes and standards of the industry are outlined with references to the research centers and the organizations in charge of their development. PCA provides training both online and through customized courses and workshops. The website also has a data center with reports on market trends, the industry’s economic impact and forecasts. The website’s bookstore has a collection of reference titles for those interested in learning about concrete and its application in the building industry. The association events, awards and career opportunities are listed under the about section.
Tenth in our ranking is the website of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The website advocates for the use of steel structures and provides all the information about the advantages and characteristics of steel construction for buildings and infrastructure. AISC offers companies and professionals seven membership packages to choose from, while students receive a complimentary membership. In line with its educational mission, a series of educational materials in the form of seminars, webinars and articles are offered by the institute to professionals. The website keeps an up-to-date directory of certified manufacturers and fabricators, along with a job board for those seeking employment in the steel industry. Under Channels, the website provides short-links to in-depth content on the design and construction of buildings with structural steel, including AISC's technical library.
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