Welcome to Construction & Building Abstracts (CBA), the premier source of civil engineering and building journal abstracts on the web. The bibliographic records on this web site are created by Arup for use by its staff worldwide; these records include high quality abstracts written by specialist librarians or by the journal publishers. To find out more about Arup, follow this link:

Over 110 top worldwide journals are scanned, covering a wide range of subjects including: civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering; architecture; planning; building and the built environment; materials and energy. The total number of articles indexed is over 130,000, dating back to 1985, with about 7,000 articles added every year.


Note: Construction & Building Abstracts (CBA) is now using Heritage IV software to run the database. This enhances the options available when searching, saving and displaying information. We would welcome your feedback on the new interface and the added features. Please contact


CBA is not a free service, so to access the main part of this site you or your institution will need to become a CBA subscriber - see Subscribe for more details.  However, you may use a restricted version of the system - see the trial section below for details.

If you are a member of a subscribing academic institution (or other subscribing company/institution with fixed IP addresses for their computers) you should be able to use CBA immediately, without needing to obtain a password; other users will need to obtain a username and password from the appropriate member of staff at their institution.


If you are considering becoming a subscriber, then we have a trial system that you can use to get a feel for the data we provide. This will search the same data as the subscribers' system, but will omit the abstract and journal information from most of the results. A search for Channel Tunnel articles in 2006 will display results with typical full information

Go to the Subscribe page for more information on subscribing.