The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announces the formation of a new committee. The mission of this committee is to develop and maintain structural concrete code requirements. These requirements are unique to the design of precast concrete. ACI Committee 319, Precast Structural Concrete Code, will host its inaugural meeting at the ACI Fall Convention. This convention takes place on October 21, 2019, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The leadership for the committee will fall under chair Andrea Schokker, Professor and Head of Civil Engineering at The University of Minnesota Duluth. The committee will work in direct response to an expressed industry need for building code requirements. They will address the unique aspects of precast and prestressed concrete design. Although you can find guidance documents for the unique design of connections and members in the industry, code officials often require code documents that delineate minimum requirements in mandatory language that have been developed using an open consensus process. There is an expectation that ACI’s new precast structural concrete code requirements will complement the requirements in ACI 318: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.
This committee and its future code document set a precedent for additional ACI code documents geared toward specific segments of the industry or construction types. An additional new committee, ACI Committee 320, Post-Tensioned Structural Concrete Code, is in the process of development.
The American Concrete Institute is a leading global authority for the development, dissemination, and also adoption of its consensus-based standards. It also serves as a technical resource and offers educational, training and certification programs. The association began in 1904. Additionally, it has its headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA. It also has a regional office in Dubai, UAE. Additionally, the ACI has a resource center in Southern California. www.concrete.org