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Concrete Fastener and Anchor Installation Best Practices


Review some anchorage to concrete basics and explore the basis of the Code provisions.

Anchorage to concrete was introduced to us in ACI 318-02 through Appendix D. Prior to its formal codification, the subject was treated through several sources: the model codes (UBC, BOCA, etc.), ACI 349 (Nuclear Structures Code), and the PCI Design Handbook. These sources considered only cast-in-place anchors in uncracked concrete. Post-installed anchor design was left to the anchor manufacturers and their catalog tables - some more comprehensive than others. Present Code design of anchors is contained in Chapter 17 of ACI 318-19.

Anchorages are usually non-redundant connections, and the consequences of failure can be high. This course will review some anchorage to concrete basics and explore the basis of the Code provisions. After 20 years of Code anchor design, this material will highlight some best practices for design and installation, based on issues seen in practice and on actual project sites. Proper application of the Code provisions is paramount to a successful anchor installation that performs as designed.



Neal Anderson

Neal Anderson

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

  • Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • Over 35 years of experience in the construction and engineering field working on a variety of structural and materials evaluations, bridge superstructure and deck repair projects, and assignments including structural building frames, building facades, plazas, slabs-on-grade, historic steel construction, and parking decks
  • Served as one of the principal investigators for Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) wide-ranging research program on the behavior and design criteria of welded headed stud anchorages and has tested over 500 anchorages
  • Author of the shear anchorage provisions in the PCI Design Handbook and has contributed his expertise to Chapter 17 – Anchorage of the ACI 318 Building Code
  • Member of ACI 318 - Structural Concrete Building Code and serves as chair of ACI 318-0B - Anchorage & Reinforcement
  • Subcommittee B is responsible for Chapter 17 in ACI 318
  • A key author of the ACI Adhesive Anchor Installer (AAI) Certification Program, which is required for certain anchor installations
  • Frequent lecturer and has published technical papers on concrete anchorage design and behavior
  • Has presented nationally and internationally on anchorage to concrete design and behavior
  • Licensed professional and structural engineer in Illinois, and several other states
  • Fellow of both ACI and PCI
  • M.S. degree in civil engineering (structures research option) Purdue University; B.S. degree in civil engineering, Purdue University

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