Traffic Engineering Handbook – 6th edition

Published by Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) on March 1. This sixth elaboration contains a current, updated source of information for people entering the practice and for those already practicing. While not written as a textbook, the education community uses this publication as a reference for state-of-the-art of established traffic engineering practice. It is one of the primary reference sources for study to become certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. It provides a convenient desk reference, all in one source, of the principles and proven techniques in traffic engineering. Where appropriate, reference is made to significant traffic engineering practice outside North America. Each chapter was written by notable and experienced authors, and reviewed and edited by a distinguished panel of traffic engineering experts. Edited by James L. Pline.

Now in its sixth edition, the Traffic Engineering Handbook continues to be a must have publication in the transportation industry, as it has been for the past 60 years. The new edition provides updated information for people entering the practice and for those already practicing. The handbook is a convenient desk reference, as well as an all in one source of principles and proven techniques in traffic engineering. Most chapters are presented in a new format, which divides the chapters into four areas-basics, current practice, emerging trends and information sources. Chapter topics include road users, vehicle characteristics, statistics, planning for operations, communications, safety, regulations, traffic calming, access management, geometrics, signs and markings, signals, parking, traffic demand, maintenance and studies. In addition, as the focus in transportation has shifted from project based to operations based, two new chapters have been added-“Planning for Operations” and “Managing Traffic Demand to Address Congestion: Providing Travelers with Choices.” The Traffic Engineering Handbook continues to be one of the primary reference sources for study to become a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer™. Chapters are authored by notable and experienced authors, and reviewed and edited by a distinguished panel of traffic engineering experts.

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This publication is available only in printed edition.

API Standard 600 – 12th edition

Steel Gate Valves – Flanged and Butt-welding Ends, Bolted Bonnets

Published by American Petroleum Institute (API) on March 1. This 22 page publication covers flanged and butt-welding ends and bolted bonners.

This International standard specifies the requirements for a heavy-duty series of bolted bonnet steel gate valves for petroleum refinery and related applications where corrosion, erosion and other service conditions would indicate a need for full port openings, heavy wall sections and large stem diameters.

This International standard sets forth the requirements for the following gate valve features:

  • bolted bonnet,
  • outside screw and yoke,
  • rising stems,
  • non-rising handwheels,
  • single or double gate,
  • wedge or parallel seating,
  • metallic seating surfaces,
  • flanged or butt-welding ends.

It covers valves of the nominal pipe sizes NPS:

  • 1; 1 1/4; 1 1/2; 2; 2 1/2; 3; 4; 6; 8; 10; 12; 14; 16; 18; 20; 24,

corresponding to nominal pipe sizes DN:

  • 25; 32; 40; 50; 65; 80; 100; 150; 200; 250; 300; 350; 400; 450; 500; 600,

applies for pressure class designations:

  • 150; 300; 600; 900; 1500; 2500.

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Available in printed edition and secure PDF edition.

ACI MCP Set 2009

American Concrete Institute published new edition of complete 6-volume set of their Manual of Concrete Practice (MCP).The manual is the most comprehensive concrete reference. It contains all of the widely used ACI concrete and masonry code requirements, specifications, guides and reports.

  • The largest, single source of concrete information in one set of books
  • More than 190 documents
  • Six parts, plus a separate index
  • Documents easier to locate because they’re arranged in numerical order

Covered topics

  • Design of reinforced concrete and masonry structures
  • Design and construction of floors on grade, pavements, and parking lots
  • Specification writing
  • Concrete mixture proportioning
  • Concrete mixing, transporting, and placing
  • Hot and cold-weather concreting
  • Formwork
  • Inspection and testing
  • Construction tolerances
  • Repair, Renovation, and Rehabilitation
  • Troubleshooting

Ordering information

The ACI MCP Set 2009 is only available in softcover.

ANSI/ASME Y14.5 – 2009 edition

Fifteen years after initial release of ASME Y14.5M comes the revised edition of Dimensioning and Tolerancing. This 224 page standard is divided into nine sections (see TOC below).

The Y14.5 standard is considered the authoritative guideline for the design language of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T.)  It establishes uniform practices for stating and interpreting GD&T and related requirements for use on engineering drawings and in related documents.

GD&T is an essential tool for communicating design intent — that parts from technical drawings have the desired form, fit, function and interchangeability.  By providing uniformity in drawing specifications and interpretation, GD&T reduces guesswork throughout the manufacturing process — improving quality, lowering costs, and shortening deliveries.

Now, a consensus committee of experts has revised Y14.5 for 21st-century applications.  Important changes address:  concept of feature of size; datum references and degrees of freedom; composite position tolerances; surface boundaries and axis methods of interpretation; profile tolerances; and symbology and modifiers tools.  Additionally, the subject matter has been restructured for better readability, with profile, orientation, and form now in separate sections, and material within sections reorganized.

Ordering information

This standard is available in both printed edition and PDF edition.

Table of contents

Section 1 – Scope, Definitions and General Dimensiong

Section 2 – General Tolerancing and Related Principles

Section 3 – Symbology

Section 4 – Datum Reference Frames

Section 5 – Tolerances of Form

Section 6 – Tolerances of Orientation

Section 7 – Tolerances of Location

Section 8 – Tolerances of Profile

Section 9 – Tolerances of Runout

In addition to these nine sections standard also contains five nonmandatory appendices:

Appendix A – Principal Changes and Improvements

Appendix B – Formulas for Positional Tolerancing

Appendix C – Form, Proportion and Comparison Symbols

Appendix D – Former Practices

Appendix E – Decision Diagrams for Geometric Control

NFPA54 – National Fuel Gas Code (ANSI Z223.1)

This is a publication by the American Gas Association in cooperation with the National Fire Protection Association.

Use the new best practices for fuel gas piping and appliances!

The National Fuel Gas Code is essential for designers, installers, AHJ’s, and system maintainers responsible for ensuring fuel gas safety on consumers’ premises. Revised to reflect current techniques and products available today, this edition also includes clarified text that eliminates confusion. Take fuel gas hazards seriously and reduce risks. Work with the new basis for fuel gas safety nationwide and around the globe: the 2009 NFPA 54: National Fuel Gas Code. This is a joint publication by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Gas Association. It is designated both as NFPA 54 and ANSI/AGA Z223.1

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This standard is available in printed or PDF version.

CSA C22.1 – Canadian Electrical Code – Part 1

Safety standard for electrical installations (21th edition)

This twenty-first edition of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, was approved by the Committee on the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, and by the Regulatory Authority Committee at their June 2008 meetings in Calgary, Alberta. This twenty-first edition supersedes the previous editions, published in 2006, 2002, 1998, 1994, 1990, 1986, 1982, 1978, 1975, 1972, 1969, 1966, 1962, 1958, 1953, 1947, 1939, 1935, 1930, and 1927.

A new Section 58 was added to cover requirements for passenger ropeways and similar equipment. In addition, there are significant changes to Sections 0, 10, 18, 26, 46, and 68. Sections 12 and 32 have been revised to reflect new technology and industry practices.

The designation for receptacle configuration type 5-20RA (“T-slot”) has been revised to 5-20R throughout the Code, and the configuration previously designated as 5-20R is now designated 5-20RA to recognize that this configuration is being phased out. Similarly, the designations for 6-20R and 6-20RA configurations have been interchanged throughout the Code.

The term “light fixture” has been replaced by “luminaire” throughout the Code, and all references to HFT conduit have been deleted.


This Code covers all electrical work and electrical equipment operating or intended to operate at all voltages in electrical installations for buildings, structures, and premises, including factory-built relocatable and non-relocatable structures, and self-propelled marine vessels stationary for periods exceeding five months and connected to a shore supply of electricity continuously or from time to time, with the following exceptions: a) installations or equipment employed by an electric, communication, or community antenna distribution system utility in the exercise of its function as a utility, as recognized by the regulatory authority having jurisdiction, and located outdoors or in buildings or sections of buildings used for that purpose; b) equipment and facilities that are used in the operation of an electric railway and are supplied exclusively from circuits that supply the motive power; c) installations or equipment used for railway signalling and railway communication purposes, and located outdoors or in buildings or sections of buildings used exclusively for such installations; d) aircraft; and e) electrical systems in ships that are regulated under Transport Canada. For mines and quarry applications, see also CAN/CSA-M421.

This Code and any standards referenced in it do not make or imply any assurance or guarantee by the authority adopting this Code with respect to life expectancy, durability, or operating performance of equipment and materials so referenced.

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Now available in both printed and PDF edition.

API Standard 653 – fourth edition

Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction, 4th Edition

Published by American Petroleum Institute (API) on March 1. This 154 page publication convers carbon and low alloy steel tanks build to API Std 650 and its predecessor, API Spec 12C.

API 653 provides minimum requirements for maintaining the integrity of welded or riveted, atmospheric pressure, aboveground storage tanks after they have been placed in service. It covers the maintenance inspection, repair, alteration, relocation, and reconstruction of such tanks. The scope of this publication is limited to the tank foundation, bottom, shell, structure, roof, attached appurtenances, and nozzles to the face of the first flange, first threaded joint, or first welding-end connection.

This standard employs the principles of API 650; however, storage tank owner/operators may apply this standard to any steel tank constructed in accordance with a tank specification

This standard is intended for use by organizations that maintain or have access to engineering and inspection personnel technically trained and experienced in tank design, fabrication, repair, construction, and inspection.

This standard does not contain rules or guidelines to cover all the varied conditions which may occur in an existing tank. When design and construction details are not given, 05 and are not available in the as-built standard, details that will provide a level of integrity equal to the level provided by the current edition of API Std 650 must be used.

This standard recognizes fitness-for-service assessment concepts for evaluating in-service degradation of pressure containing components. API RP 579, Recommended Practice for Fitness-for-Service, provides detailed assessment procedures or acceptance criteria for specific types of degradation referenced in this standard. When this standard does not provide specific evaluation procedures or acceptance criteria for a specific type of degradation or when this standard explicitly allows the use of fitness-for-service criteria, RP 579 may be used to evaluate the various types of degradation or test requirements addressed in this standard.

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Available in printed edition and secure PDF edition, now with 10% pre-order discount (discount may be time limited).

ISO 9001:2008 – fourth, revised edition

Quality management systems – Requirements

Standard was developed by Technical committee 176 (Quality management and quality assurance), Subcommittee 2 – Quality systems). As a fourth edition it revises previous editions, that span back to 1987, when the original ISO 9001 was published.

ISO 9001:2008 provides clarifications to the existing requirements of ISO 9001:2000 based on eight years’ experience of implementing the standard worldwide and introduces changes intended to improve consistency with the environmental management system standard, ISO 14001:2004.

ISO 9001:2008 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization

  • needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and
  • aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

All requirements of ISO 9001:2008 are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations, regardless of type, size and product provided.

Where any requirement(s) of ISO 9001:2008 cannot be applied due to the nature of an organization and its product, this can be considered for exclusion.

Where exclusions are made, claims of conformity to ISO 9001:2008 are not acceptable unless these exclusions are limited to requirements within Clause 7, and such exclusions do not affect the organization’s ability, or responsibility, to provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements

Ordering instructions

All editions and version mentioned below are identical.

If you are from U.S. you can order printed or PDF edition

If you are from outside of U.S. you may order printed edition or PDF edition

If you are interested in trilingual (English, German, French) version, printed edition is available.

AENOR published Spanish language version, which is available as printed or PDF edition.

TIA 568 C.0 and C.1

TIA decided to split TIA-568-B.1 standard to two separate parts – C.0 and C.1.

TIA-568-C.0 – Generic Telecommunications Cabling for Customer Premises (2009)

TIA announced publishing a new standard labeled TIA-568-C.0 – it serves as a base for new standards, as it takes the information duplicated in the TIA-568 Standards Series along with common information that was in the TIA-568 Series and puts them into one place together. Another important aspect of TIA-568-C.0 is that it is a base line reference and is a standard that can be used if there is no existing standard that covers the type of premises being working on.

TIA-568-C.1 – Commercial Builing Telecommunications Cabling Standard (2009)

This standards builds on information contained in TIA-568-C.0 and contains appropriate allowances and exceptions to the application of TIA-568-C.0 that are specific to office-oriented commercial building cabling. The purpose of TIA-568-C.1 is to enable the planning and installation of a structured cabling system for commercial buildings.

Additional information

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Standards News blog

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I will write about newly published standards from various industries. I hope each post will contain thorough information about new standard, together with a possibility to make an order or preorder. Posts will be categorised according to publisher of certain standard.