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- From: "Bill Sherman" <SHERMANWC(--nospam--at)cdm.com>
- Date: 10 Feb 99 15:11:42 -0500
I must confess that I too have violated some of the following "rules" for using ACI documents, but the following should be noted as to the use of various ACI publications: In ACI 301, the Preface to the Specifications Checklist states: "P1. Standard Specifications ACI 301 is intended to be used by reference or incorporation in its entirety in the Project Specifications. Individual sections, articles, or paragraphs shall not be copied into the Project Specifications, since taking them out of context may change their meaning. P2. If sections or parts of Standard Specifications 301 are edited into project specifications or any other document, they shall not be referred to as ACI Standards, since the Standard Specifications have been altered." Thus "portions" of ACI 301 technically should not be referred to from project specifications - the full document must be referenced, if used. To incorporate ACI 301 into project specifications which are in CSI format, I would recommend the following: put a requirement in each CSI concrete section under "Quality Assurance" which reads as follows "The work of this Section shall conform with ACI 301, except as modified herein." In ACI 350R, a special box in the front of the document states: "ACI Committee Reports, Guides, Standard Practices, and Commentaries are intended for guidance in designing, planning, executing, or inspecting construction and in preparing specifications. Reference to these documents shall not be made in the Project Specifications. If items found in these documents are desired to be part of the Project Documents they should be phrased in mandatory language and incorporated into the Project Documents." Thus "reports" such as ACI 350R should not be referenced from project specifications but appropriate requirements should be defined directly in the project specifications. As I see it, the intent is similar to a local building department adopting the UBC with specific amendments - if one is familiar with the general code requirements, then only the changes to the general requirements need to be spelled out. Similarly, if a contractor is familiar with ACI 301, project specifications should only need to spell out variances from ACI 301. Regarding ACI 318, ACI Committee 301 is currently seeking to place greater emphasis on the difference between the "code" and the "standard specifications". The intent is that ACI 301 should be the controlling document to define the minimum acceptable standards of construction practice. There is some discussion of this in the Introduction to ACI 318 which states: "General references requiring compliance with ACI 318 in the job specifications should be avoided since the contractor is rarely in a position to accept responsibility for design details or construction requirements that depend on a detailed knowledge of the design. Generally, the drawings, specifications and contract documents should contain all of the necessary requirements to insure compliance with the code. In part, this can be accomplished by reference to specific code sections in the job specifications. Other ACI publications, such as 'Specifications for Structural Concrete for Buildings' (ACI 301) are written specifically for use as contract documents for construction." Thus, ACI 318 should not be referenced in general from project specifications but specific code sections may be referenced for specific items. I must also point out a "pet peeve" I have with many project specifications I have seen. I have often seen standards listed in a spec section under "References" but no mention of the referenced standard within the text. Per CSI "This article does not require compliance with standards, but is merely a listing of those used." Thus a standard listed under References also needs to be defined as to its applicability elsewhere in the Section or it has no legal standing with respect to the work of that Section.
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