What you need to know...

Thank you for using the ASCE members-only online platform. Collaborate has two functions – committee management and civil engineering resource forums. Our FAQ's will assist you as you interact with both aspects of the platform.

How do I sign in?

In the upper right-hand corner of Collaborate you will find a green “Sign In” button. Once you click on that button you can use your ASCE member login and password to access the site.

What do I do if I forget my password?

You can arrange for your password to be sent to you through the link below. Just type in your email address. If your unsure what email address is on your ASCE account, please contact costumer service through the same link below. 


How do I update my profile?

In the upper right-hand corner, you will see a downward facing triangle. Once you click on that you will see a profile option. From this page you will manage your account: email preferences, privacy settings, profile information and your communities. You can import your profile picture from LinkedIn by hitting the green “Import Your Info” button on the middle of the screen.

You can also manually upload your picture, bio, education, associations, awards, and work history through this page. It is listed below.


How do I adjust my privacy settings?

Collaborate has default privacy settings. It is highly recommended that you review your settings and adjust them to your personal comfort level.  You will find your settings in your profile. Under “Account” you will find a drop-down bar. The second option will be your privacy settings. The link is below.


Please chose from the following options

Public – Any person who chooses to view the page.

Members Only – Any ASCE member who chooses to use Collaborate.

Contacts – Anyone you have sent and confirmed “contact connections.”

Only Me – You are hiding this information from other Collaborate users.

What do these fields in privacy settings mean?

What address is being referred to?

The address being referred to is the primary address in your ASCE member account. You could have your home address or work address.

What is “Send message?”

 Whether you would like to receive messages over the platform from all members, just your contacts, or no one.

What is “Send messages to anyone?”

You will still be able to send messages to others depending on their privacy settings. They can allow you to contact them through there settings.

What is “add as contact?”

 “Add as contact” is like adding a friend on Facebook or connecting with someone on LinkedIn. You must send the request, and they must accept this or vice versa. Once they are a contact you can set your privacy settings so only they can have certain access to your profile.

What is a digital ribbon?

Digital ribbons are awards given to you through the Collaborate site. Underneath your profile picture you will see these ribbons.

 Participate - Committee Management

How do I find my committee community?

If you have joined a branch, section, institute, or committee you will automatically be added to that Collaborate community. You can find/visit these communities by selecting the “Communities” then “My Communities” tab.  It will show what groups you are already in. You are welcome to search and join other open forums under the “Join an Open Forum” tab.

How do I change my email preferences for my committee?

You can adjust how many emails you receive from each specific committee my going to your profile, select “My Account” and then “Community Notifications.” This will give you a list of all the committees you are involved in. It will let you select how often you would like emails to be sent to you. Your options are as follows:

  • Real Time
  • Daily Digest
  • Weekly Digest
  • No Email

You can also choose to subscribe to a consolidated weekly digest - all the content from all your communities only once a week.

How do I download a document?

Find your committee site, select the library button. You will see folders on the left-hand side. Once you find the correct folder you will see the list of documents in the folders. Highlight the document once and then select the “view” button on the top. This will bring you to a page where you can either comment on the documents or select the green “Download” button underneath it. If there are multiple documents in this folder you can select the green “Download All” button on the right.

Can I upload a document in my committee’s library?

Only a community admin can upload a file to a committee library. Any community member can upload documents to the open forum libraries.

Engage – Interact in a Forum

How do I start a new discussion thread?

Go to the forum or community where you would like to start a new thread. You will see a discussion box on the lower right-hand side. You will see a green “Add” button. Select the add button. Please select a subject line. Please make sure it is as accurate and concise as possible.

Do I have to be a member of a community to make or respond to a post?


Can I cross-post to different communities?

Yes. If you are a member of the community. You will see this option under the initial community.

How can I respond to other’s post?

You can either reply publicly by hitting the green “Reply to Discussion” button or privately by hitting the drop-down arrow next to it and selecting “Reply to Sender.” Only reply to the discussion when it will add to the body of knowledge. All “thank you notes” (though extremely important) should be private correspondence.

How do I see a listing of all the posts in the discussion forum?

If you wish to look at all discussion forums you can select “Browse” on the top screen and then select “Discussion Posts.” This will show you threads from a variety of the forums. If you wish to view a specific community’s forum. Go to the community you wish to view. Select Discussion. This will give you a list of all the topics. Once you select one thread you can review the replies in chronological order.

Can I edit my own post after it has been posted?

Yes. After it has been posted you can hit the arrow next to the green “Reply to Discussion” button. This will give you a drop-down screen. Select edit. Make the changes you want and then hit the “Save” button on the bottom of the screen.

How do I unsubscribe from an Open Forum?

Go to your profile, select “My Account” then “Community Notifications.” You will see a list of communities you are involved in. You will see a “Discussion Email” column for each one. Hit the drop-down screen and select “No Email” and you will be removed from the list.

If you have questions related to managing your community as an admin please contact Tirza Austin at taustin@asce.org.