Construction management and engineering: useful websites

This page lists useful, free internet resources for construction management and engineering. See databases for construction management and engineering for a list of key online sources purchased by the University to help you find information in this subject.

Key sites

  • ARCOM CM Abstracts and Indexes
    One of the key online databases for construction management and engineering.
  • Sapling
    Sapling is an internet portal covering architecture, planning & landscape, featuring more than 700 reviewed links to relevant Internet resources. It has a section devoted to construction and building, and also covers housing, sustainability issues and regeneration.

Guides and tutorials

  • Internet for Construction
    One of a series of tutorials written for the Intute Virtual Training Suite. This tutorial aims to improve Internet information skills, knowledge of key Internet sites, Internet search skills and critical thinking skills. The links basket option provides a useful listing of sites relevant to construction. This resource is primarily aimed at further education students, and some of the examples clearly are, but it does have links to useful sources of information. Additional tutorials for higher education students are available for Civil Engineering, Health and Safety, Business and Management, Materials Engineering, Social Research Methods and Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering.

  • Evaluating websites: a guide
    Hints on assessing the reliability of information you find on the Internet.

  • The web
    A brief guide to finding information which includes links to the main search engines.

  • Companion for Undergraduate Dissertations
    Resource developed by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Birmingham to help with social science based dissertations. Includes explanations of what a dissertation involves, how to plan and structure your dissertation, research methods, writing up, and case studies and video clips of lecturers explaining each section, including what they look for in undergraduate dissertations.

  • Mathcentre
    This site provides quick reference, tutorials, exercises, revision booklets and video demonstrations of the mathematical topics which you need for your course, but have forgotten or never covered in A level maths.

Construction management: general sites and gateways

  • ARCOM Resources
    Links to resources on research methods and design, writing up, and research skills.

  • ASCE CE Database 
    Searchable database of all American Society of Civil Engineers publications from 1970 onwards. Includes journal papers, conference proceedings, technical notes, standards, manuals and reports.

  • BSI Education
    Explains what a British Standard is, how they are developed, and how to find information about relevant standards.

  • CEBE (The Centre for Education in the Built Environment) Part of the Higher Education Academy, The Centre for Education in the Built Environment offers practical support to disseminate innovation and good practice in the teaching of the Built Environment at HE level. It is intended mainly as a resource for teaching construction, and produces case studies of good practice, book reviews, projects and more. The site also links to subject resources, projects, events and publications.

  • Engineering Subject Centre
    Part of the Higher Education Academy, the Engineering Subject Centre offers practical support to disseminate innovation and good practice in the teaching of Engineering at HE level. It is intended mainly as a resource for teaching engineering, but also contains links to resources and image archives.

  • Kansas University Information Gateway: Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
    The University of Kansas provides links to multiple Web Resources. This page provides a gateway to important Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering resources on the internet. These include databases of bibliographic information and building products, as well as internet guides, subject-specific search engines and major portals.

    A portal allowing cross-searching of numerous scientific journals and public science databases.

  • Sustainable Architecture Compendium
    Describes resources (including extensive bibliographies and several papers) in the Sustainable Architecture Compendium from the University of Michigan's Centre for Sustainable Systems. These can all be downloaded and printed for educational, non-commercial use. Modules include sustainable design, sustainable building materials, recycling and reuse.

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas Library: Architecture and Building
    This site provides a selective yet detailed list of resources by topic related to architecture and building. Do be aware that this is an American Institution so the resources will be largely American based.

  • WWW Virtual Library
    The WWW Virtual Library is made up of a large number of subject sections compiled by volunteers expert in their subject areas. The following subjects are relevant to the study of construction management and engineering: Engineering and Computing.

Engineering: general sites and gateways

  • Academic Info: Engineering Gateway
    One of a series of subject information gateways forming part of Academic Info, a directory of Internet resources tailored to a higher education audience. Each subject guide is an annotated listing of the best general Internet sites in the field, as well as a gateway to more advanced research tools. Includes links to online publications, language and study aids, reference materials, database archives, virtual libraries, tutorials, as well as other educational materials. Compiled in the United States.

  • The Engineer Online
    Providing news, information and jobs in the engineering industry, as well as content from its magazine The Engineer, this site is the latest incarnation of e4engineering.

  • Galaxy: Engineering and Technology
    Galaxy is a subject based searchable Internet directory compiled by human Internet Librarians. The engineering and technology page contains an organised list of links divided into categories such as Materials Science.

    Designed by mechanical engineers this portal provides access to engineering material sifted for the value of its content.

  • Infomine: Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computing & Math
    INFOMINE is created by librarians and provides a catalogue of Internet resources of particular relevance to staff and students at university level.

  • Espacenet
    The Espacenet database contains the bibliographic data and images of more than 80 million patent documents worldwide. It incorporates the former The Great Britain esp@cenet database, which covers GB patent applications published by the UK Intellectual Property Office since 4 January 1979.

  • US Patent and Trademark Office
    This database gives access to the full text of US patents from 1790 onwards.

Building Surveying

  • Home Information Pack
    The Government has now suspended the use of Home Information Packs, although you may still find the information on this page useful.

Government departments

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
    This is the main government department concerned with the construction industry and also engineering.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government
    DCLG is responsible for policy on community cohesion and equality, housing, planning, regional and local government and the fire service. The DCLG is responsible for Building Regulations and its website features consultation papers, buildings acts, regulations and approved documents as well as directives and a links directory.

  • Health and Safety Executive
    This website has a specific section for construction, which provides information on regulations, case law and breaches as well as health and safety information when working on construction sites and for engineering.

Organisations and institutions

Please note: our site descriptions are based on information available on the site described at the time it was evaluated.

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