A List of Common Civil Engineering Abbreviations

Every industry has it's jargon. Here's a list of commonly used civil engineering abbreviations that you may encounter.

Don’t you hate it when you have to work with someone who speaks in code? Here’s a list of common abbreviations used in civil engineering that might make things at least a bit easier to understand:

  • A.A.S.H.T.O – American Association of state highway Transport Official.
  • A.C.I – American Concrete Institute.
  • A.R.E.A – American Railway Engineering Association.
  • A.B – Anchor  Bolt Or Asbestos Board
  • AC – Asphalt Concrete
  • A.S.C – Allowable Stress of concrete.
  • A.S.T.M – American society for testing materials
  • AC – Asbestos cement.
  • AE – Assistant Engineer
  • APM – Assistant Project Manager
  • B.M – Benchmark
  • B.M – Bending moment.
  • BLK – Block Work
  • BOQ – Bill Of Quantities
  • BRW – Brick Retaining Wall
  • BWK – Brick Work
  • B.O.F – Bottom Of Foundation
  • BHK – Bedroom, Hall, Kitchen
  • C.I.Pipe – Cast iron pipe.
  • C.I.Sheet – Corrugated Iron sheet.
  • CL- Centre Line
  • CRW – Concrete Retaining Wall
  • CBW – Concrete Block Wall
  • CIP – Cast In Place
  • CMU – Concrete Masonry Unit
  • CJ – Construction Joint
  • CC – Centre To Centre
  • CC – Cement concrete.
  • CE – Chief Engineer
  • CP – Cement plaster.
  • CPM – Critical path method.
  • CS – Comparative statement.
  • D – Diameter
  • DL – Development Length
  • Dia – Diameter
  • DIM – Dimension
  • D.L – Dead load.
  • DPC – Damp proof course.
  • DPR – Daily Progress Report
  • DRG – Drawings
  • DWLS – Dowels
  • EJ – Expansion Joint
  • E.L – Environmental load.
  • EL – Existing Load
  • EGL – Existing ground level.
  • ELCB – Earth Leak Circuit Breaker
  • F.M – Fineness Modulus.
  • Ft – Foot Or Feet
  • FL – Floor Level
  • FGL – Formation ground level.
  • FOC – Factor Of Safety
  • GL – Ground Level
  • GL – Ground level.
  • GP – Ground plane.
  • HFL – Highest Flood Level.
  • HAC – High Alumina Cement
  • HP – Horizontal plane.
  • IOM – Inter Office Memo
  • ISI – Indian standard institute.
  • JE – Junior Engineer
  • JST – Joist
  • Kg  – Kilogram.
  • L.L – Live load.
  • LW – Light  Weight
  • LWC – light Weight Concrete
  • LC – Lime concrete.
  • M – Meter
  • MM – Millimeter.
  • 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.
  • OPC – Ordinary Portland Cement
  • OGL – Original ground level.
  • OSR – Open Soace Reservation Area
  • PC – Pile Cap
  • PC – Precast Concrete
  • PCC – Plain Cement Concrete
  • PERT – Programme Evaluation and Review Technique.
  • PL – Plinth level.
  • PM – Project Manager
  • PO – Purchase Order
  • PPE – Personal Protective Equipment
  • PPR – Poly Propylene Random.
  • PVC – Poly vinyl choloride .
  • PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride
  • PSF – Pound Per Square Foot
  • PSI – Pound Per Square Inch
  • PWD – Permanent Works Engineer
  • QC – Quality control
  • QS – Quantity Surveyor
  • RC – Reinforced Concrete
  • R.B.W – Reinforced brick work.
  • RBC – Reinforced Brick concrete.
  • RCC – Reinforced Cement Concrete
  • RMC – Ready Mixed Concrete concrete.
  • RL – Reduced level.
  • SCC – Self Compacting Concrete
  • STP – Sewage Treatment Plant
  • SRC – Sulphate Resisting Cement
  • SWG – Standard wire gauge.
  • TB – Tie Beam
  • TBM – Tunnel Boring Machine
  • TDS – Total Dissolved Solids
  • TOB – Top Of Beam
  • TMT – Thermo Mechanical Treatment
  • TOC – Top Of Concrete
  • TOW – Top Of Wall
  • U.S.C – Ultimate stress of concrete.
  • UPVC – Unplasticized Polyvinyl chloride.
  • USD – Ultimate strength design.
  • VP – Vertical plane.
  • W.C – Water closet.
  • WL – Working Level
  • W.S.D – Working stress Design
  • WO –  Work Order
You have 2 words left.
Please enter your name
What can we do to make your job easier?
Please wait...

What is MMS?

MMS Consultants, Inc. provides professional civil engineering and land surveying services — from simple property surveys to complete design and construction management. Since 1975, the firm has successfully completed nearly 40,000 municipal improvement and private land development projects throughout Eastern Iowa.

© 1975 - 2019 MMS Consultants, Inc.