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RE: ACI 318 -Construction Joint

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I don't think you have to "evaluate the integrity" if it is, as you say, a "mandatory requirement." If the contractor locates the construction joint in the wrong place, then he goofed, as simple as that.

William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, Texas
Phone 281-492-2251
Fax 281-492-8203

-----Original Message-----
From: 김양수 [mailto:kimslove(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2001 9:58 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: ACI 318 -Construction Joint

Hello everyone
ACI 318-99 Code 6.4.4 described for construction joint as follows;
" Construction joints in floors shall be located within the middle third of spans
  of slabs, beams, amd girders."
1. Code dose not provide any exception for this requirements?
   ("shall be" - mandatory requirements)
2. If construction joint  was not located within the middile third of spans
  of slabs, beams, and girders, how can I evaluate the structural
  integrity and acceptance of construction joint location ?
Thanks in advance,
Yangsoo Kim