Winter 2019

ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.

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FOCUS CRSI Reinforces Its Services and Programs The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute develops standards, technical publications, and design aids with emphasis on industry certifications, education programs, and support for members and others in the steel-reinforced concrete industry. by Craig A. Shutt After a brief time away, Dr. Danielle Kleinhans returned to the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) in November 2017 as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Having previously worked at the organization for five years beginning in 2011, she understood the organization. Since returning, she has worked with staff to bolster and upgrade technical and engineering services for members as well as the engineers, designers, consultants, owners, and others who work with its members. “I saw it [the job of president/CEO] as an opportunity to step into a leadership role in the industry and use my technical background and familiarity with the group to advance its mission,” she says. “It felt like coming home. I’m very excited about how we can expand our programs, especially in educational areas.” Expanding Certification One of CRSI’s key initiatives for advancing educational efforts comes through its certification programs for members’ products. “We’ve beefed up our approach by creating national standards for the certification processes,” Kleinhans explains. The association has long offered certification for members’ epoxy-coating plants and recently began offering certification for fabricators of epoxycoated reinforcement. In 2018, CRSI added certification for fabricators of stainless steel reinforcement. “There is interest in stainless steel reinforcement from DOTs [departments of transportation], which makes it more visible to all owners,” Kleinhans says. The stainless steel certification standard varies from epoxy-coating standards in several ways, she notes. The stainless steel standard focuses on avoiding contamination from carbon steel in the fabrication process, whereas epoxycoating standards focus on handling procedures to avoid damage to the protective coating. The certification programs help specifiers ensure they receive a high-quality product regardless of their choice. “Everyone wants answers as to which reinforcing steel is best for their project,” Kleinhans says. “I know it’s frustrating to hear that it [the best choice] depends on the application, but that’s the reality. We want to ensure specifiers understand what the products can do so they can invest for the most cost-effective impact. The goal for all of our certification programs is the same: to produce a quality product that meets specific needs.” Publications CRSI produces a variety of publications associated with its research efforts and publishes updates on a regular basis. The most recent title, Design Guide for AASHTO Pile Caps, offers details on the analysis, design, and detailing of reinforced concrete pile caps in accordance with the 2014 edition of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. (See the article on this new publication in the Fall 2018 issue of ASPIRE®.) “Some of our publications are geared to member needs, but others focus on what engineers need to know,” Kleinhans says. “We are constantly looking for (cont. next page)

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