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The Publication of the Korean Design Standard Glossary

etc.May 13, 2020

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology published the Korean Design Standard Glossary, a summary of conflicting expressions of construction standards in architecture, civil engineering, environment, agriculture and forestry.

Individually managed by various professional institutes and associations so far, the Korean Design Standard came to be controlled by the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology when a design standard code system was unified in 2016. The integration of systems, however, with the many conflicting definitions of terms across each field has often confused users. This glossary is published with the intention of enhancing the mutual understanding of professionals by unifying design standards and terminology for a Korean Construction Specification between various government departments.

Meetings and reviews by design standards experts revised the definition of 5,482 terms used across 18 fields, including concrete, steel structures, geotechnical engineering, and bridge construction. Each entry in the Korean Design Standard Glossary is expansive, consisting of principles such as the description of a sentence, the notation of terms, the unification of conflicting terms, and non-conflicting terms. All sentences described in the glossary must specify the parent category code and contain only the content that corresponds to the definition when examples or specific subcategories are presented. In general, Chinese characters, English, lowercase letters, and parentheses are not allowed, except for expressions without alternative phrasing or abbreviations. In addition, conflicting terms are unified under definitions that can apply to a comprehensive scope rather than to those limited to specific fields, and each definition of non-conflicting terms should be numbered while complying with the new principles of description and notation.

The glossary will be distributed to relevant organisations, academic associations, and institutes, including the MOLIT of each region. The contents will be made available to the public through the website of the Korea Construction Standards Center (