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With all due respect, the only way to obtain information from ACI is to pay
for it. There are only abstracts of documents that are not available to
those of use who might design anchors but who do very little concrete design
other than a slab on grade or retaining wall.
This is a very good example of why a reference library is necessary.
Professionals who seek information from ACI are locked out from the
information unless they are willing to purchase ACI's side of the argument
or to become a member - and then many of the documents are not available
without charge.
Now if the cost of a publication were "reasonable" there may be no argument,
but if you choose to download the PDF copy of RPRNTP-2903 which is the
reprint of "The Benefits of the Maturity Method for Cold-Weather Concreting"
you will need to pay $20.00 for the pleasure of reading the document.
You can read the "Technical Committee Manual" online for free, but this
document is only a procedural manual as to how the committee structure
There are a few drafts available online which can be viewed or downloaded
for free (such as ACI 350.3-01).
A search for 355.2 in the Research Database yields "No items matching your
search criteria were found. Click Search again to enter new choices."

I might be unreasonable, but it would seem to me that if ACI would really
like us to know their position on expansion anchors rather than, as some
claimed to "Ram down our collective throats" they might make the information
accessible and available to the professional community without trying to
charge an admission fee in the mean time.

I doubt that there is an engineer in practice who could financially afford
to own all the necessary tools of their trade as they would be collecting
fee's for work in one hand and paying out for reference materials from the
other. Maybe professional organizations should start doing their own
engineering, but I'm most likely to be spammed for such blatant comments.

Dennis S. Wish, PE

> -----Original Message-----
> From: dcarroll [mailto:dcarroll(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 8:57 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: ACI procedures for 355.2 test method
> Could you give a brief summary of the proposed changes (like in a one to
> three paragraph memo?  This would be extrememly helpful)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: DFalcone(--nospam--at) [mailto:DFalcone(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 11:26 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: ACI procedures for 355.2 test method
> Colleagues.
> ACI, an international technical institute, is composed of interested
> volunteer professionals in various areas of concrete technology. The over
> 100 ACI technical committees create and maintain reports, guides, and
> standards in their areas of expertise (see website,
> As one might expect, there is normally
> considerable debate and discussion as consensus is attempted in any
> particular aspect of the technology. ACI committees operate under
> ANSI-approved procedures, giving the committees a structured method to try
> to achieve a consensus. When a ACI committee document is published, it is
> the collective consensus of that committee.
> ACI 355, Anchorage to Concrete, was formed in 1970, and has sponsored a
> number of technical sessions at ACI conventions and also produced 355.1 in
> 1991, Report on Anchorage to Concrete. Also in the early 1990s, ACI 318
> began to draft appendix code provisions on anchorage to concrete. The 318
> Committee wanted the provisions to address both cast-in-place and
> post-installed anchors, and the effects of concrete cracking on the
> strength of the anchorage. At the time, there was no ANSI-type standard
> test procedure to determine the reliable strength of post-installed anchor
> devices. By the mid 1990s, Committee 318 asked Committee 355 to draft a
> standard test procedure for testing post-installed anchors that could be
> referenced by the 318 provisions.
> The 355.2 standard (a test method, not a code) was first drafted and
> balloted by committee 355 in 1997, and now has been successfully processed
> by the 355 committee, the ACI technical activities committee
> (TAC), and the
> ACI standards board (SB), and is presently out for the normal 90
> day public
> comment period (see the February issue of Concrete International for a
> detailed account). This period is not connected to the timing of the ACI
> conventions. Once comments are received, the committee will consider them,
> and may adjust the standard based on them. The final standard will be
> published by ACI after committee response to public comments are reviewed
> by TAC and SB.
> A new 318 appendix on anchorage to concrete will be available for a 90 day
> public review this summer, probably in either the June or July issue of
> Concrete International. It is anticipated that the planned 2002 ACI 318
> will contain appendix provisions for anchorage to concrete, and will
> reference this standard test method to evaluate the structural reliability
> and performance of proprietary, post-installed anchoring devices.
> ACI members encourage other professionals to participate in the public
> review period, and in technical committees. If committee membership is
> desired, please see the ACI website for more information.
> Dan Falconer
> ACI Engineering