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Design Standard, Codes & Specification

Design Standard, Codes & Specification

Design Standard, Codes & Specification

Hello all,

I have read many articles on ASME, ANSI, API, ASTM, ISO, etc.. Can anyone please brief me on these standards?

If any interviewer asks “ what is the standard of your drawings” what I need to say? How can I get my drawing standards,

Currently I am working on Centrifugal pumps as a Designer and supporting Australian customer

RE: Design Standard, Codes & Specification

How are we supposed to know what standard(s) your drawings are made to? This should be dictated by a company or possibly customer requirement.

And what kind of briefing? You need to ask specific questions to get specific answers. These are all very large, complex standards - and further "ISO" or "ASME" are organizations that develop and maintain standards, when you ask a question its best to identify the actual standard and version (ie: ASME Y14.5-2018). Otherwise I can't possibly imagine giving a sensible answer.

Quote (Basa SD, 7 Jan 22 18:05)

How can I get my drawing standards
As far as getting them, go right to the source. For example:


RE: Design Standard, Codes & Specification

I'm not the best person to answer this because I'm not involved with serious drafting document provision.

I suspect, for 'serious' drawings that there are local or international standards that should be met. It's a matter of finding out what standards are applicable to your industry or locale. The various standard providers will have copies of their document requirements. My work has never required documents to a specific standard, and I encounter great and not so great constuction drawings.

One of my client produces hand drawn documents (not even straight edge) that are exceptional. In addition to them being technically correct, they are beautiful to look at.

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RE: Design Standard, Codes & Specification

That subject should be part of the contract for the work. While your customer is Australian the manufacturing might be anywhere else in the world, which only your customer knows.

I don't know a way to be brief about what is probably millions of pages of documents. For drawing preparation ASME Y14.100 comes to mind - it lists subordinate standards; for ISO the ISO group has a search function on their website.

RE: Design Standard, Codes & Specification

Quote (Basa SD, 7 Jan 22 18:05)

What chez311 said is true, except, that if you are giving your own money, consider checking European Union sponsored stuff, for example Estonian Centre for Standardisation -> Link

RE: Design Standard, Codes & Specification

ASME, ANSI, API, ASTM, ISO, etc. are standard writing ORGANIZATIONS.

Collectively, they publish probably in excess of 30,000 individual standards.

So no, nobody can brief you on "these standards".

You asked this question in the drafting forum, so we might guess that you are interested in only drawing-related standards. Collectively, ASME, ANSI, API, ASTM, ISO, etc. probably have published 100's of drawing standards.

So still, no.

You need to ask a more focused question.

RE: Design Standard, Codes & Specification

Quote (Basa SD)

If any interviewer asks “ what is the standard of your drawings” what I need to say?

For the moment, you need to tell them you are not trained yet, but you are eager to learn. Next, you need to read up on the standards so that you understand them, and can answer questions intelligently. ASME Y14.5‑2009 is a good choice at the moment, although the standard has been upgraded to ASME Y14.5‑2018. (any thoughts about this people?)

Look for any opportunity to get trained. Participation in this forum is good training too.


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