Categories: Civil Engineering

Construction Abbreviations List

Here in TotalEngineering, you will find a construction abbreviations list that we use in Civil Engineering.

Due to limited space, the construction blueprints are full of acronyms and abbreviations. So, here is a list as complete as possible; if we forgot any abbreviation, you can remind us below in the comments area.

Construction Abbreviations List

  • A.A.S.H.T.O. — American Association of State Highway Transport
  • AB — Asbestos Board or Anchor Bolt
  • A/C — Air Conditioner
  • ACI — American Concrete Institute
  • ADA — Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992
  • AE — Assistant Engineer
  • A.F.F. — Above Finished Floor
  • A.F.G. — Above Finished Grade
  • AIA — American Institute of Architects or American Insurance Association
  • AIEE — American Institute of Electrical Engineers
  • AISC — American Institute of Steel Construction
  • AISI — American and Steel Institute
  • ANSI — American National Standards Insitute
  • APCIA — American Property Casualty Insurance Association
  • APM — Assistant Project Manager
  • A.R.E.A. — American Railway Engineering Association
  • A.S.C — Allowable Stress of Concrete
  • ASCE — American Society of Civil Engineers
  • ASME — American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASTM — American Society for Testing and Materials
  • AWG — American Wire Gauge
  • B.M — Benchmark or Bending Moment
  • B.O.F. — Bottom of Footing
  • BHK — Bedroom, Hall, Kitchen
  • BLK — Block Work
  • B.O.M — Bill of Material
  • BOQ — Bill of Quantities
  • BOT — Bottom
  • B.O.W. — Bottom of Wall
  • BP — Blue Print (or B/P)
  • BRW — Brick Retaining Wall
  • BWK — Brick Work
  • Brz. — Bronze
  • BV — Butterfly Valve
  • CAD — Cadmium or Computer-Aided Drafting
  • CBORE — Counterbore
  • CBW — Concrete Block Wall
  • CC — Center to Center
  • CC — Cement Concrete
  • C.D. — Construction Document
  • CE — Chief Engineer
  • C.F.M. — Cubic Feet per Minute
  • CFS — Cubic Feet per Second
  • C.I. — Cast Iron
  • CIP Cast in Place
  • C.I.Pipe — Cast Iron Pipe
  • C.I.Sheet — Corrugated Iron Sheet
  • CJ Construction Joint
  • CL. — Closet
  • CL — Center LIne
  • CLG. — Ceiling
  • CMU — Concrete Masonry Unit
  • C.O. — Cleanout
  • CP Cement Plaster
  • CPM Critical Path Method
  • Cont. — Continuous
  • CRES — Corrosion-Resistant Steel
  • CRW Concrete Retaning Wall
  • CS Comparative Statement
  • CSINK — Countersink
  • CU. FT. — Cubic Feet
  • CU. YD. — Cubic Yard
  • D Diameter
  • D.S. — Downspout
  • Dia. — Diameter
  • DL — Dead Load
  • Dim. — Dimension
  • DN. — Down
  • DP — Damp-Proofing, Dew Point, or Distribution Panel
  • DPC — Damp Proof Course
  • DPR Daily Progress Report
  • DWG — Drawing
  • DWLS Dowels
  • Ea. — Each
  • ED — Edge Distance
  • E.F. — Exhaust Fan
  • EGL Existing Ground Level
  • EJ — Expansion Joint
  • E.L Environmental Load
  • EL Existing Load
  • ELCB Earth Leak Circuit Breaker
  • EQ — Equal, or Equally
  • Exc — Excavate
  • E.W. — Each Way
  • Ext. — Exterior
  • FACP — Fire Alarm Control Panel
  • FAO — Finish All Over
  • F.C.O. — Floor cleanout
  • F.D. — Floor Drain
  • Fin. — Finish
  • F.F.L. — Finished Floor Level
  • FGL Fromation Ground Level
  • FL — Floor Level
  • F.M Finnest Modules
  • FOC Factor of Safety
  • FRPF — Fireproof
  • FS — Far Side
  • Ft Foot or Feet
  • FTG — Fitting
  • Galv. — Galvanized
  • G.C. — General Contractor
  • G.F.C.I. or G.F.I. — Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter
  • GL Ground Level
  • GP Ground Plane
  • GPM — Gallons Per Minute
  • G.T. — Glazed Tile
  • Gyp. — Gypsum
  • HAC High Alumina Cement
  • H.B. — Hose Bib
  • HDCP — Handicapped (better if referred to as “Accessible”)
  • HDPE — High-Density Polyethylene
  • HFL Highets Flood Level
  • HP Horizontal Plane
  • HRS — Hot Rolled Steel
  • HV — High Voltage
  • H.V.A.C. — Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • H.W. — Hot Water
  • IAW — In Accordance With
  • ID — Inner Diameter
  • IE — Invert Elevation
  • IEEE — Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • IOM Inter Office Memo
  • In. — Inch
  • Insul. — Insulation
  • ISO — International Organization for Standards
  • ISI India Standad Institute
  • Int. — Interior
  • Inv. — Invert
  • J-Box — Junction Box
  • Jct. — Junction
  • JE Junior Engineer
  • Jst. — Joist
  • kW — Kilowatt
  • Kg Kilogram
  • LC Lime Concrete
  • LDD — LImited Dimension Drawing
  • LFT. — Linear Feet
  • LH — Left Hand
  • LL — Live Load
  • LM — List of Materials
  • Lt. — Light
  • Ltg. — Lighting
  • L.V.L. — Laminated Veneer Lumber
  • LW Light Weight
  • LWC Light Weight Concrete
  • M Meter
  • Mas. — Masonry
  • MAX — Maxiumum
  • MBW — Measurement Between Wires
  • MB Measurement Book
  • MCB Miniature Circuit Breaker
  • MEP Mechanical Electrical Plumbing
  • MFL Maximum Flood Level
  • MH — Manhole
  • mm — Milimeter
  • Mtl. — Material
  • MFG. — Manufacturing
  • Min. — Minimum
  • MOW — Measurement Over Wires
  • MRC Material Receipt Challan
  • MT Metric Tonnes
  • N Newton
  • NCF Neat Cement Finishing
  • NEC — National Electrical Code
  • N.I.C. — Not In Contract
  • NOM — Nominal
  • N.T.S. — Not to scale
  • OAL — Overall Length
  • O.C. — On Center
  • O.D. — Outside Diameter
  • OGL Original Groun Level
  • OPC Ordinary Portland Cement
  • OPNG. — Opening or Rough Opening
  • OSR Open Source Reservation Area
  • PC Pile Cap
  • PC Precast Concrete
  • PCC — Portland Cement Concrete or Plain Cement Concrete
  • PCI — Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
  • PCS — Pieces
  • PERT Programme Evaluation and Review Technique
  • PL Plinth Level
  • PL. — Plaster
  • P.L. — Property Line (or Parts List)
  • Plywd. — Plywood
  • PM Project Manager
  • PO Purchase Order
  • PPE — Personal Protective Equipment
  • PPR Poly Propylene Random
  • P.S.F. — Pounds per Square Foot
  • P.S.I. — Pounds per Square Inch
  • Ptd. — Painted
  • PVC — Polyvinyl Chloride
  • PWD Permanent Works Engineers
  • QC Quality Control
  • QS Quantity Survivor
  • QTY — Quantity
  • R — Radius
  • R.B.W. Reinforced Brick Work
  • RBC Reinforced Brick Concrete
  • RC — Reinforced Concrete
  • RCC Reinforced Cement Concrete
  • RD — Roof Drain, Round, or Receptacle Distribution Panel
  • R.D.L. — Roof Drain Leader
  • REBAR — Reinforcing Bar
  • REQD — Required
  • RH — Right Hand
  • RL Reduced Level
  • RMC Ready Mixed Concrete
  • R.O. — Rough Opening
  • R.O.W. — Right of Way
  • Reinf. — Reinforced
  • San. — Sanitary
  • SC — Sharp Corners
  • SCC Self Compacting Concrete
  • S.D. — Smoke Detector
  • Sect. — Section
  • Sht. — Sheet
  • Sht’g. — Sheathing
  • Specs. — Specifications
  • SQ. FT.— Square Feet
  • SQ. IN. — Square Inches
  • SRC — Sulphate Resisting Cement
  • SS — Stainless Steel, Setscrew, Soil Stack, Service Sink, or Slop Sink
  • Std. — Standard
  • Stl — Steel
  • STP Sewage Treatment Plan
  • SWG Standard Wire Gauge
  • S.Y. — Square Yard
  • TB Tie Beam
  • TBM Tunnel Boring Machine
  • TDS Total Dissolved Solids
  • T&B — Top and Bottom
  • T&G — Tongue and Groove
  • TMT Thermo Mechanical Treatment
  • T.O. — Top of
  • T.O.B. — Top of Beam
  • T.O.C. — Top of Curb or Top of Concrete
  • T.O.F. — Top of Footing
  • T.O.J. — Top of Joist
  • T.O.M. — Top of Masonry
  • T.O.W. — Top of Wall
  • TTC — Telephone Terminal Closet
  • UON — Unless Otherwise Noted
  • USC Ultimate Stress of Concrete
  • UPVC Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride
  • USD Ultimate Stress Design
  • VA. — Voltage
  • V.B. — Vapor Barrier
  • V.I.F. — Verify in Field
  • VP Vertical Plane
  • W.C. — Water Closet (Toilet)
  • Wd. — Wood
  • Wdw. — Window
  • W.I. — Wrought Iron
  • W.I.C. — Walk-In Closet
  • WL — Water Level
  • W/O — Without
  • WO Work Order
  • Wp. — Weatherproof
  • WS — Weatherstripping or Water Stop
  • W.S.D Working Stress Design
  • Wt. — Weight
  • Wtr. Htr. — Water Heater
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