PCI reinforces standards development with ANSI accreditation
- Published: Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:47
- Written by Concrete News
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has been accredited as an American National Standards Institute standards developer. A first for an organization in manufactured concrete, the accreditation positions PCI’s voluntary consensus documents relating to the design, detailing, fabrication, transportation, and erection of precast and precast/prestressed concrete to be registered as American National Standards.
“PCI has long been the technical institute for the precast concrete structures industry, and becoming an ANSI-accredited standards developer was a logical next step in furthering our standing,” says PCI Technical Activities Council Chair Larbi Sennour, P.E. “ANSI accreditation will make it easier for code and regulating authorities to adopt PCI standards.”
Since its founding in 1954, PCI has developed, maintained, and disseminated the body of knowledge for the precast concrete structures industry, which establishes engineering and quality requirements for designing, fabricating, and constructing building, transportation and public works structures. Beyond the rigorous development and review procedures traditionally accompanying its technical documents, PCI will subject American National Standard candidate publications to a special standardization review and public comment process. PCI will initially focus on updating several of its existing standards, such as those relating to quality improvement, control, and assessment, to become American National Standards.