The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) have completed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU will encourage cooperation in areas of technical committees, educational products, publications, and other related activities.
“ICRI is pleased to reinforce our partnership with the American Concrete Institute through the MoU,” says Brian Daley, ICRI’s president. “This MoU reaffirms ICRI’s role in guidelines and practices for concrete repair so design professionals, contractors and material suppliers focused on concrete repair can increase their knowledge of concrete repair best practices. It will also allow members of both organizations to expand their profile within the concrete repair industry through interaction at both Chapter and International levels of ACI and ICRI.”
The MoU was created to recognize past cooperation, to express mutual ongoing intent for clear and open communications between the two organizations, and to confirm ICRI’s and ACI’s commitment to work cooperatively to the betterment of the concrete repair industry.
In 2016, ACI published ACI 562-16, “Code Requirements for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures and Commentary.” This ACI document sets the standard of care for those designing and repairing existing concrete structures, and has already been adopted by several jurisdictions as a statutory requirement. The Repair Code, as it is commonly known, is a consensus document available to the industry worldwide to address this facet of the concrete industry. To provide assistance and examples to professionals engaged in the repair of concrete buildings, ACI and ICRI jointly published the “Guide to the Code for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures” as a companion to ACI 562-16.
“ACI works with many trade organizations, including ICRI, to develop codes, standards, guidelines, and reports of critical importance to the industry. These documents, which address all facets of concrete design, construction, and maintenance, are produced by ACI technical committees under an ANSI compliant consensus process which is open to anyone who wishes to participate,” says Khaled Awad, president. “The input and efforts of ICRI members, as well as members of other concrete groups, is welcomed and appreciated by ACI.”
Members of both organizations have will continue to work together on committee activities, development of educational products and more.