A standard, or standard specification, is a technical document which indicates the properties, dimension, performance, qualities and testing to which manufacturers and services are recommended to conform. Standards contribute to increasing the reliability and effectiveness of the goods and services we use.
Finding British Standards
British Standards Online (BSOL)
BSOL includes a searchable catalogue of British Standards and the full text of current, historic, and draft British Standards and BSI adopted European and international standards.
OFF-campus access: via Heriot-Watt Username & Password
Technical Indexes Construction Information Service
The School of the Built Environment Resource Centre provides access to this for the School via the info4education service. This service provides full text of standards, legislation and other material in building, civil and structural engineering.
ON and OFF-campus access: via Heriot-Watt Username & Password (UK Federation)
Finding International and other national Standards
The World Standards Services Network (WSSN), is a network of publicly accessible Web servers of standards organisations around the world. Links are available from the WSSN website to international and national standardising bodies.
ISO (International Organization for
This service includes the catalogue of all ISO International Standards including drafts, a complete list of ISO members and technical committees and general background information about the ISO.
The ANSI (American National Standards Institute) online information service.
Patents & Standards via Globalspec
Search for standards
TWI maintain a
Links to websites on Standards page.