The American Concrete Institute (ACI), has launched two new learning resources on adhesive anchors for concrete and their installation.

The first resource, a one-day, in-person seminar, “Adhesive Anchors: Their Behavior and Code Design Requirements,” will cover design requirements for adhesive anchors that were first introduced in the 2011 version of ACI 318, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.” The seminar will discuss the material properties of common adhesives, lessons learned from failures, tension and shear failure modes, capacity reduction factors, tension and shear interaction, a qualification standard for adhesive anchors, and design of supplemental reinforcement, as well as the importance of proper anchor installation procedures in concrete and the new ACI/CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification program.

Registrants for the seminar will also receive a copy of the newly published Volume 2 of “The Reinforced Concrete Design Manual in Accordance with ACI 318-11,” that contains 19 worked anchorage design example problems covering cast-in anchors, post-installed mechanical expansion anchors, and post-installed adhesive anchors.

Seminar attendees will receive 0.75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) worth 7.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

The seminar will take place during the months of October, November, and December, 2012, in Boston, Mass., Milwaukee, Wis., Salt Lake City, Utah, Cleveland, Ohio, Atlanta, Ga., Omaha, Neb., San Antonio, Texas, Seattle, Wash., Charlotte, N.C., and Los Angeles, Calif. Specific dates and locations can be found by visiting

In addition to the in-person seminar, ACI is also offering a more flexible and convenient way to learn about adhesive anchors through its newest online CEU program titled “Adhesive Anchor Installation.”

This online program features an ACI Web Session, “What About Adhesive Anchors?” and an article from Concrete International, “Adhesive Anchor Installation and Inspection: Understanding the Rquirements to Ensure Proper Performance.” The resources introduced in this program are intended to provide an introduction to adhesive anchor installation, what constitutes an adhesive anchor, installation requirements for adhesive anchors, adhesive curing, and applications for use.

The end of the online course includes a 10-question examination. Those with a score of 80 percent or higher will receive a certificate via e-mail for 0.1 CEU (equivalent to 1.0 PDH).

“Shortly after the 2006 ‘Big Dig’ project ceiling collapse tragedy in Boston, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the American Concrete Institute use their codes, forums, and educational materials to inform the design and construction communities about adhesive anchor creep,” said Donald Meinheit, affiliated consultant at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and a member of ACI’s Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Committee and ACI Committee 355, Anchorage to Concrete. “ACI has met and exceeded this request and has developed additional resources and programs regarding the proper use and installation of adhesive anchors in concrete. Both the seminar and online program will help ensure that those who design and install adhesive anchors in concrete are up-to-date on the latest requirements for proper use and installation.”

For more information on ACI seminars, visit here. For information on ACI’s online CEU programs, visit here.

In addition to these two ACI educational resources on adhesive anchors, ACI and the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) offer an Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification program, along with a corresponding workbook and video of the installation process. Information about ACI’s certification programs can be found at

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