List of Abbreviations Used in Civil Engineering Construction

The common abbreviations used in civil engineering and construction sites are as follows:

A.A.S.H.T.O – American Association of State Highway Transport

A.B – Anchor Bolt or Asbestos Bolt

A.C.I – American Concrete Institute

A.R.E.A – American Railway Engineering Association

A.S.C – Allowable Stress of Concrete

A.S.T.M – American Society for Testing Materials

AC – Asphalt Concrete

AE – Assistant Engineer

APM – Assistant Project Manager

AB – Air Brick

ABR – Alternate Bars Reversed

ACOP – Approved Code of Practice

AGG – Aggregate

AISTRUCTE – Associate of the Institute of Structure Engineers

ALUM – Aluminium

AMISTRUCTE – Associate Member of the Institute of Structure Engineers

ARCH – Architect

ASP – Asphalt

AV – Average

B.M – Bending Moment

B.M – Benchmark

B.O.F – Bottom of Foundation

BHK – Bedroom, Hall, Kitchen

BLK – Block Work

BOQ – Bill of Quantities

BRW – Brick Retaining Wall

BWK – Brick Work

BAL – Baluster

BBA – British Board of Agreement

BCA – British Cement Association

BCO – Building Control Officer

BCSA – British Constructional Steelwork Association

BCWS – Boosted Cold Water Service

BD – Bond

BDG – Boarding

BH – Bore Hole or Beam Height

BHWS – Boosted Hot Water Service

BLK – Block work

C.I. Pipe – Cast Iron Pipe

C.I. Sheet – Corrugated Iron Sheet

CBW – Concrete Block Wall

CC – Centre to Centre

CC – Cement Concrete

CE – Chief Engineer

CIP – Cast In Place

CJ – Construction Joint

CL – Center Line

CMU – Concrete Masonry Unit

CP – Cement Plaster

CPM – Critical Path Method

CRW – Concrete Retaining Wall

CS – Comparative Statement

CA – Contract Administrator

CAD – Computer Aided Design

CAM – Computer Aided Manufacture

CBF – Close Boarded Fence

CDM – Construction Design and Management

CENG – Chartered Engineer

CGI – Corrugated Galvanized Iron

CH – Ceiling Height

CHS – Cellular Hollow Section

CI – Cast Iron

CIF – Corrugated Iron Fence

CL – Cover Level

CLF – Chain Link Fence

CP – Code of Practice

CPF – Concrete Panel Fence

CPS – Concrete Paving Fence

CS – Concrete Society

CV – Commissioning Valve

CW – Concrete Wall

D – Diameter

D.L – Dead Load

DIA – Diameter

DIM – Dimension

DL – Development Length

DPC – Damp Proof Course

DPR – Daily Progress Report

DRG – Drawings

DWLS – Dowels

DC – Drain Cock

DCV – Double Check Valve

DHW – Domestic Hot Water

DOV – Drain Off Valve

DP – Down Pipe

DPDT – Double Pole Double Throw Switch

DS – District Surveyor

DSSO – Double Switch Socket Outlet

E.L – Environment Load

EGL – Existing Ground Level

EJ – Expansion Joint

ELCB – Earth Leak Circuit Breaker

ECB – Electricity Control Box

ECUK – Engineering Council United Kingdom

EL – Existing Level

ENGTECH – Engineering Technician

EPP – Expanded Polypropylene

ERV – Expansion Relief Valve

F.M – Fineness Modulus

FGL – Formation Ground Level

FL – Floor Level

FOC – Factor of Safety

Ft – Feet

FB – Flower Bed

FBTA – From Below to Above

FC – Flexible Connection

FF – Far Face

FFL – Finished Floor Level

FH – Fire Hydrant

FC – Floating Column

FS – Full Size

FSC – Forest Stewardship Council

GL – Ground Level

GP – Ground Plane

G – Gully

GGBS – Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag

GS – General Structure

HAC – High Alumina Cement

HFL – Highest Flood Level

HP – Horizontal Plane

HL – High Level

HSFG – High Strength Friction Grip

HT – High Tensile

HWS – Hot Water Service

IOM – Inter Office Memo

ISI – Indian Standard Institute

IC – Inspection Cover

ICE – Institution of Civil Engineers

ID – Inside Diameter

IL – Invert Level

IRF – Iron Railing Fence

ISTRUCTE – Institution of Structural Engineers

IV – Isolating Valve

IWF – Interwoven Fence

JE – Junior Engineer

JST – Joist

JCT – Joint Contracts Tribunal

K – Kilogram

KN – Kilo Newton

LL – Live Load

LC – Lime Concrete

LW – Light Weight

LWC – Light Weight Concrete

L – Light

LA – Local Authority

LOLER – Lifting Operations Equipment Regulation 1998

LP – Lamp Post

LSL – Laminated Strand Lumber

LSV – Lock Shield Valve

M – Meter

MC – Mass Concrete

MCW – Mains Cold Water

MDF – Medium Density Fiberboard

MH – Manhole

MM – Millimeter

MMMF – Man Made Mineral Fibers

MS – Mild Steel

MB – Measurement Book

MCB – Miniature Circuit Breaker

MEP – Mechanical Electrical Plumbing

MFL – Maximum Flood Level

MRC – Material Receipt Challan

MT – Metric Tonnes

N – Newton

NCF – Neat Cement Finishing

NASC – National Access and Scaffolding Confederation

NRV – Non Return Valve

NTS – Not To Scale

OPC – Ordinary Portland Cement

OGL – Original Ground Level

OSR – Open Space Reservation Area

PC – Pile Cap

PC – Precast Concrete

PCC – Plain Cement Concrete

PERT – Program Evaluation and Review Technique

PL – Plinth Level

PM – Project Manager

PO – Project Order

PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

PPR – Poly Propylene Random

PSF – Pound Per Square Foot

PSI – Pound Per Square Inch

PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride

PWD – Permanent Works Designer

PF – Picket Fence

PFA – Pulverized Fuel Ash

PFC – Parallel Flange Channel

PL – Plate

PRF – Post and Rail Fence

PWF – Post and Wire Fence

QS – Quantity Surveyor

QC – Quality Control

QA – Quality Analysis

RAD – Radiator

RC – Reinforced Concrete

RE – Rodding Eye

RHPC – Rapid Hardening Portland Cement

RHS – Rectangular Hollow Section

RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects

RICS – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor

RMC – Ready Mix Concrete

RSA – Rolled Steel Angel

RSJ – Rolled Steel Joints

RWP – Rain Water Pipe

R.B.W – Reinforced Brick Work

RBC – Reinforced Brick Concrete

RCC – Reinforced Cement Concrete

RC – Reduced Level   

SCC – Self Compacting Concrete

SRC – Sulphate Resisting Cement

STP – Sewage Treatment Plant

SWG – Standard Wire Gauge

SC – Stop Cock

SE – Structural Engineer

SHS – Square Hollow Section

SL – Soffit Level

SOL – Setting Out Line

SP – Soil Pipe

SPDT – Single Pole Double Throw Switch

SPS – Stone Paving Slabs

SPST – Single Pole Single Throw Switch

SS – Stainless Steel

SSL – Structural Slab Level

SSSO – Single Switched Socket Outlet

STG – Staggered

SV – Safety Valve

SVP – Soil and Vent Pipe

SW – Stone Wall

TA – To Above

TBM – Temporary Bench Mark

TOB – Top of Beam

TOC – Top of Concrete

TOW – Top of Wall

TP – Town Planning

TPO – Tree Preservation Order

TPRV – Temperature Pressure Relief Valve

TWC – Temporary Works Coordinator

TWS – Temporary Works Supervisor

TB – Tie Beam

TBM – Tunnel Boring Machine

TDS – Total Dissolved Solids

TMT – Thermo Mechanical Treatment

U.S.C – Ultimate Stress of Concrete

UPVC – Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride

USD – Ultimate Strength Design

UB – Universal Beam

UC – Universal Column

VP – Vertical Plane

VP – Vent Pipe

W.C – Water Closet

W.S.D – Working Stress Design

WL – Working Level

WL – Wind Load

WL – Water Level

WMF – Wire Mesh Fence

WPF – Wooden Panel Fence

WO – Work Order

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