ACI Reference Specifications: Unraveling Concrete Specs

    March 05, 2020
    6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
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    The Boat House at Confluence Park
    679 West Spring St
    Columbus, OH 43215
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    SUMMARY: The art of writing good concrete specifications can be a daunting task.  When specs are unambiguous, there are fewer RFIs from Contractors and Material Suppliers.  ACI Reference Specifications are designed to help engineers easily and consistently write quality concrete specifications and benefit contractors through a consistent standard of practice.  The most common reference specification for concrete construction is ACI 301, “Specifications for Structural Concrete.”  This presentation will cover how to properly use reference specifications to enhance Project Specifications and minimize the amount of specification editing required for a project.  Significant changes and updates to ACI 301 help specifiers design and contractors place more durable and resilient concrete structures.  These changes not only address some new issues, such as alkali-silica reactivity (ASR), but also coordinate ACI301-16 with the requirement of ACI 318-14.  Topics covered in this presentation include:

    • What are ACI Specifications?
    • Common features of ACI specifications using ACI 301
    • Summary of the ACI 301 checklists
    • Important upgrades in ACI 301-16

    Chapter Talks Giveaway:  ACI International has donated a free one-year subscription to the online Manual of Concrete Practice as a door prize at our March meeting, a $795.50 value.  The drawing will take place at the end of the presentation and the winner must be present to win.

    Mike Tholen, PhD, PE, is Managing Director of Engineering & Professional Development at the American Concrete Institute.  He received a BS in architectural engineering, with distinction in 1992, an MS in civil engineering in 1995, and a PhD in civil engineering in 1996 from the University of Kansas.  He previously worked at ACI as the Engineering Editor of Concrete International.  Prior to joining ACI in 2005, he spent over 8 years as a structural engineer in the Aviation and Architecture Division at Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company in Kansas City, MO.


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