The Construction Acronym Guide



A downloadable printout of common construction acronyms and abbreviations for engineers, architects, general contractors and specialty contractors!


If you're a beginner in the industry, this is a great thing to have handy on your desk or in your truck in case you run into "T.O.S." and haven't the slightest idea of what it means. It's all good, we were all there once.


It's nice to have a cheat-sheet of this information laying around or available on your phone just in case you need it.


Here are a few examples of what you'll have at your finger tips -


  • ASD - Alternate Stress Design

  • ACI - American Concrete Institute

  • AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction

  • AISI - American Iron and Steel Institute

  • ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials

  • AWS - American Welding Society

  • AB - Anchor Bolt

  • BM - Beam

  • BRG - Bearing

  • BOF - Bottom of Foundation

  • PSI - Pounds per Square Inch

  • TOF - Top of Foundation

  • TOS - Top of Steel


You get the idea.


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