The common abbreviations used in civil engineering

With this article, we will know the most common abbreviations used in civil engineering.

Let we start,

The most common abbreviations used


  • 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

  • R - Radius

  • 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

  • R.R.M - Random Rubble Masonry

  • 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

  • KN - Kilo Newton

  • NCF – Neat cement finishing.

  • 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 – Purchase Order

  • SO - Service Order

  • PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

  • PPR – Poly Propylene Random.

  • PVC – Polyvinyl chloride.

  • PSF – Pound Per Square Foot

  • PSI – Pound Per Square Inch

  • PWD – Permanent Works Department

  • CPWD - Central Public Work Department

  • QC – Quality control

  • QS – Quantity Surveyor

  • QA - Quality Assurance

  • RC – Reinforced Concrete

  • R.B.W – Reinforced brickwork.

  • RBC – Reinforced Brick concrete.

  • RCC – Reinforced Cement Concrete

  • RMC – Ready Mixed Concrete.

  • RL – Reduced level.

  • SCC – Self Compacting Concrete

  • STP – Sewage Treatment Plant

  • SRC – Sulphate Resisting Cement

  • SWG – Standard wire gauge.

  • TB – Tie Beam

  • C.C. - Cement Concrete

  • 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

  • MPR - Monthly Progress Report

  • WPR - Weekly Progress Report

  • DBM - Dense Bituminous Macadam

  • BM - Bituminous Macadam

  • BC - Bituminous Concrete

  • GSB - Granular Sub-base

  • WMM - Water Bound Macadam

  • C.Eng - Chartered Engineer

  • P.Eng - Professional Engineer

  • JD - Job Description

  • BMC - Building Material and Construction

So this is not the end of the article, or we can say that there are still more common abbreviations used in civil engineering which were not included in this article.

I hope, you will come to know most of the common abbreviations used in this area which are part of the engineering field,

these are the common abbreviations used in our daily routine and in our daily work.

Thanks,
Kumar Bhanushali


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