Industrial and professional standards for students and researchers

While academic journals, books and databases deliver primary research that underpins theory, standards help students to put this research into context.


Using BSOL Academic

Whatever your chosen discipline, the ability to interpret and apply standards information is a skill that will put you ahead in the graduate employment market. For instance:

Industry Standards for Civil Engineering Courses

Have you been asked to design a bridge as part of your course?  BSOL Academic lets you explore different options to solve design problems in an innovative yet practical way. You can trace historical approaches to bridge construction by reviewing early standards that specify the use of steel;  you can see how the evolution of man-made materials such as concrete, asphalt and composites have enhanced modern bridge design and you can explore wiring regulations for information on lighting and electrical requirements.

Industry Standards for Engineering Courses include:

  • BS 5400-3:2000
    Steel, concrete and composite bridges. Code of practice for design of steel bridges
  • BS 6100-2.3:1992
    Glossary of building and civil engineering terms. Civil engineering. Superstructures. Bridges. Large span structures
  • BS 7671:2008+A3:2015
    Requirements for Electrical Installations. IET Wiring Regulations
  • ISO 28842:2013 ED1
    Guidelines for the simplified design of reinforced concrete bridges

Industry Standards for MBA’s, Finance, Economics and Social Policy courses

Standards are essential in this truly global sector and can contribute to essays and projects on security systems, implementing a public infrastructure to support electronic transactions, protecting customer information, establishing a corporate social responsibility policy, and following best practice for staff and customer relations.

Industry Standards for Finance, Economics and Social Policy Courses include:

  • BS EN 60839-11-2:2015
    Alarm and electronic security systems. Electronic access control systems. Application guidelines
  • BS 10012:2009
    Data protection. Specification for a personal information management system
  • BS ISO 10008:2013
    Quality management. Customer satisfaction. Guidelines for business-to-consumer electronic commerce transactions

Industry Standards for Textiles and Fashion Courses

Want to use different types of materials in order to create an innovative new design? BSOL Academic, will show you how to conduct tests to measure shrinkage of materials, flammability and colour fastness as well as learn about requirements for labelling and packaging of garments. But as well as ensuring the materials meet all relevant safety regulations, you’ll need to consider societal issues such as sustainability and adhering to consumer rights legislation.

Industry Standards for Textiles and Fashion Courses include:

  • PD CEN/TR 16741:2015
    Textiles and textile products. Guidance on health and environmental issues related to chemical content of textile products intended for clothing, interior textiles and upholstery
  • BS EN ISO 5077:2008
    Textiles. Determination of dimensional change in washing and drying
  • BS EN 1103:2005
    Textiles. Fabrics for apparel. Detailed procedure to determine the burning behaviour
  • BS EN ISO 105-E01:2013
    Textiles. Tests for colour fastness. Colour fastness to water
  • BS EN ISO 3758:2012
    Textiles. Care labelling code using symbols

BSOL Academic comes with free access to the Knowledge Centre and Training. Your library will be able to arrange access to access these professional level resources.

Ask your library for BSOL Academic if you need access to industry and professional standards, but your institution does not have a current subscription.