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GCC partners with American Concrete Institute

by Malcolm Dias on Jul 12, 2017

A construction site--representation image only.
A construction site--representation image only.

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Officials of the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardisation Organisation (GSO) recently entered into an agreement with the American Concrete Institute to cooperate towards a better understanding of the use and regulation of concrete in civil infrastructure.

This partnership confirms ACI Building Code requirements for structural concrete (ACI 318-14) use in the GCC and Yemen.

The agreement, signed by Ronald G. Burg, the executive VP of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and Dr Nabil Bin Ameen Molla, the secretary general of the GCC Standardisation Organisation, provides a framework for cooperation.

Specifically, the agreement provides permission to utilise ACI's building code requirements for structural concrete (ACI 318), specifications for structural concrete (ACI 301), and building code requirements for masonry structures (ACI 530), to develop a Gulf building code.

“Once the Gulf Building Code is published in late 2019, ACI content modified to accommodate local conditions will be readily available to engineers, professors, students, and the governments of the GCC and Yemen,” said Burg.

 GSO and ACI have also agreed to further expand their technical coordination through designation of official organisational representatives at technical seminars and symposia.

Under the agreement, GSO will encourage individuals involved in the concrete industry to attend ACI conventions, become active members of ACI committees, and participate in ACI's many chapters in the Gulf region.

ACI also plans to be more active in Gulf region activities focused on concrete design, construction, and materials. "Our global concrete community is strengthened by knowledge sharing and togetherness," remarked Burg.

First published in 1941 as the building code requirements for structural concrete, ACI 318 provides minimum requirements for the materials, design, construction, and strength evaluation of structural concrete members and systems.