ACI Expands Mission to Focus on Global Standards Adoption
The American Concrete Institute announces that its mission has been expanded to reflect its proactive approach to advocating the global adoption of ACI standards.
ACI – a leading authority and resource worldwide for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials – has long focused its efforts on knowledge development and dissemination. Through this expanded mission, the Institute will now dedicate additional resources and effort to also advance the adoption of its consensus-based knowledge. The Institute’s expanded mission statement now reads: “ACI develops, disseminates, and advances the adoption of consensus-based knowledge on concrete and its uses.”
“The change to ACI’s mission reflects a transformational change to an active role in advancing the adoption of its concrete knowledge,” stated Ronald G. Burg, PE, Executive Vice President, American Concrete Institute. “While our member experts will continue to use our consensus-based process to develop standards based on new research, global best practices, and innovative technologies, we are building a new infrastructure that will increase global adoption of this state-of-the art information.”
Recent efforts include partnering with the Saudi Arabia-based Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization to develop a Gulf Building Code based on ACI’s Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318). Similarly, ACI has been working with officials from Vietnam to translate ACI 318 and other documents for use in the country. The Institute also continues to work with the International Code Council to ensure that concrete design and concrete repair provisions are adequately referenced in the International Building Code and International Existing Building Code. Domestically, ACI continues its work with state and local jurisdictions to reference the Institute’s standards.
ACI’s focus on the development of new code requirements and global adoption and use of ACI knowledge, will assist concrete industry professionals globally to manage increasing requirements for the design of concrete structures.