The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has included a requirement for ACI Adhesive Anchor Installation Certification in the eighth edition of its Load and Resistance Factor Design Bridge Design Specifications.
As noted in article 5.13.4—Installation, the requirement states, “Unless owner-supplied installation requirements are more stringent, the contract documents shall require compliance with the provisions of ACI 318-14 article 17.8 as applicable to the type of anchor being installed.”
ACI 318-14, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, 22.214.171.124, states that, “Installation of adhesive anchors horizontally or upwardly inclined to support sustained tension loads shall be performed by personnel certified by an applicable certification program. Certification shall include written and performance tests in accordance with the ACI/CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification program, or equivalent.”
An ACI-certified Adhesive Anchor Installer is an individual who has demonstrated the ability to read, comprehend, and execute instructions to properly install adhesive anchors in concrete. The Adhesive Anchor Installer must also demonstrate possession of the knowledge to properly assess ambient conditions, concrete condition, materials, equipment, and tools for installing adhesive anchors and determine when it is appropriate to proceed with installation of an adhesive anchor or when additional guidance from a supervisor/foreman/project engineer is needed.
“By continuing to specify ACI certification, the industry is confirming the demand for quality certification programs and acknowledging the importance of working with skilled individuals,” stated John Nehasil, Managing Director, Certification, American Concrete Institute.
Learn more at ACI Certification.