What is an Engineering Standard?

Engineering standards & science

It is common to define engineering as applied science. A more accurate idea is to recognize that science is about ideas and theories. Engineering uses science to build or create things: computer programs, bridges, machines, etc. Any kind of artifact. 

The science used to design structures is well established. The science used includes material science, Newton’s three laws of motion, soil mechanics and Hooke’s law

Aside from science are what I call established practice. This is where you find engineering standards. You find these in building codes, manufacturer specifications, etc. Various trade associations publish what are defacto accepted engineering practices: the Southern Pine Association, the American Institute of Timber Construction, the American Institue American Institute of Steel Construction. and the American Concrete Institute.

Engineering standards regarding slab-on-ground foundations address how they are to be designed and constructed. What they do not address is how they are expected to perform.                                                  


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