As an Associate or Industry member of CRSI, you can join any of our Committees and have the opportunity for your voice to be heard. Our members help to develop industry standards and provide input on industry and association issues. As an approved Standards Development Organization (SDO), CRSI develops and maintains consensus standards for design, detailing, fabrication, placement, and construction of assemblies consisting of steel reinforcement and associated products used in concrete and masonry construction.
To keep current in reinforcement supports for cast-in-place reinforced concrete construction. To maintain Chapter 3, Bar Supports, of the Manual of Standard Practice. To maintain the Institute Standard on Reinforcement Supports (RB4.1). To prepare Technical Notes covering the support of reinforcement for cast-in-place reinforced concrete construction. To maintain liaison with the following American Concrete Institute Committees:
• ACI 117, Specification for Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials
• ACI 301, Specifications for Structural Concrete
Committee responsible for the durability of steel reinforced concrete structures. Committee also responsible for technical issues related to epoxy coatings, galvanized reinforcement, stainless steel reinforcement, or other corrosion mitigating technology for steel reinforcement.
Committee oversees the Technical Working Groups to ensure the technical focus of the Institute is being fulfilled to provide and develop solutions for the use of steel reinforced concrete as a construction material. The EPC also is responsible for forming task groups to respond to immediate industry needs deemed appropriate. Present task groups include:
• Sustainability – Task group that monitors, formulates industry positions, develops, and disseminates information related to sustainable and “green” initiatives of concern to the reinforcing steel industry.
• Construction Practices – Task group that monitors, formulates industry positions, develops, and disseminates information related to construction practices necessary for the construction of reinforced concrete structures. Areas under the task group’s purview include concrete forming and shoring, concrete mix technology, concrete placing equipment, and simplified reinforcing bar detailing, fabrication and placing.
Committee responsible for the technical requirements for quality related to the epoxy coating of reinforcing steel bars with epoxy coatings. These requirements include standard practices for both straight bar and custom coating lines regarding documentation, observation, and testing as part of a quality control program.
Committee responsible for the technical requirements for quality related to the fabrication of epoxy-coated reinforcing steel bars. These requirements include standard practices for the fabrication, storage, and handling of epoxy-coated reinforcing steel at fabricator facilities regarding documentation, observation, and testing as part of a quality control program.
Independent Manufacturers Certification
Committee responsible for the administration of CRSI’s certification programs. Committee establishes standard protocols for the programs as well as reviews the status of the programs through information provided in audit reports. Committee also evaluates and approves the initiation of new certification programs.
Manual of Standard Practice
To keep current in general industry practices in cast‐in‐place reinforced concrete design and construction. To maintain the Manual of Standard Practice and coordinate reviews and revisions of individual chapters by other Institute technical committees. To coordinate preparation of Institute Standards based on individual chapters of the Manual by other Institute technical committees. To review Technical Notes covering various aspects of the design and construction of cast‐in-place reinforced concrete.
Material Properties & Bar Producers
Committee responsible for monitoring the chemistry, materials, and manufacturing issues related to the production of reinforcing bars. Also responsible for maintaining the CRSI Testing of Reinforcing Steel publication and maintaining Chapter 1 of the CRSI Manual of Standard Practice. Appropriate task groups / subcommittees will be formed to address such items as high strength steel, bar coding standards, etc. Also responsible for serving as a liaison with: ASTM A01.05 Subcommittee, AWS Committee D1, and ACI 318-B Subcommittee.
Committee compiles anonymous steel data from CRSI member organizations.
Placing Reinforcing Bars
Committee responsible for keeping current in the practice of placing reinforcing bars in cast-in-place reinforced concrete construction. This committee also maintains the following publications: Placing Reinforcing Bars, Field Inspection of Reinforcing Bars, and Chapter 8 of the CRSI Manual of Standard Practice. Also responsible for serving as a liaison with ACI 117 Specification for Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials and ACI 301 Specifications for Structural Concrete.
Reinforcement Anchorages & Splices
Committee responsible for the technical issues related to anchorages and splices of steel reinforcement. Responsible for maintaining the Reinforcing Bars: Anchorages and Splices book. Also responsible for serving as a liaison with ACI 408 Bond and Development of Steel Reinforcement.
Reinforcing Bar Detailing
Committee responsible for keeping current in the practice of estimating and detailing of reinforcing bars. This committee develops and maintains the publication Reinforcing Bar Detailing and the Reinforcing Bar Detailer Training Program, as well as Chapters 5, 6, and Appendix C of the CRSI Manual of Standard Practice. Also responsible for serving as a liaison with ACI 131 Building Information Modeling of Concrete Structures and ACI 315 Details of Concrete Reinforcement.
Reinforcing Bar Fabrication
To provide leadership in the practice of fabricating reinforcing bars for reinforced concrete construction. To develop and maintain the standards on fabrication of reinforcing bars, including the measurement of fabricated reinforcing steel and appropriate acceptance and rejection criteria. To maintain Chapter 7, Fabrication, of the CRSI Manual of Standard Practice. To prepare CRSI Technical Notes covering various aspects of fabricating reinforcing bars for reinforced concrete construction. To maintain liaison with the following American Concrete Institute Committees:
• ACI 117, Specification for Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials
• ACI 315, Details of Concrete Reinforcement
Research & Development
Committee responsible for the CRSI industry sponsored research program. Committee solicits research fellowships from academic institutions and selects research projects on an annual basis. Topics are envisioned to encompass structural, material, durability, steel chemistry, or pavement research. Committee also responsible for potential at-large or specially funded research to address immediate or hot-topic issues impacting the industry.
Committee oversees the creation, review process and completion of CRSI standards documents.
The Sustainability Committee keeps abreast of issues relating to industry sustainability while developing materials and addressing topics as they relate to the Institute.
Epoxy Interest Group
The interest group serves the needs of specifiers, engineers, architects, fabricators and end-users with the most recent information about how and where epoxy-coated reinforcing steel is used, as well as recent technical changes, educational seminars and promotional activities.
Committee takes an active role in monitoring and acting on governmental policies and issues in order to protect the interests of the Institute’s members and the reinforced concrete construction industry.
Committee plans and conducts the marketing and promotional activities for the Institute, which includes national programs, as well as regional and local market programs, to maintain and increase the use of steel reinforced concrete construction in the buildings, bridges and pavement markets.
Membership & Member Services
Committee oversees all activities related to services and programs for the CRSI membership, including the programs relating to fabricator shop management, industry surveys, shop safety, personnel and training aids, and other activities to help in member company management. This committee also monitors the recruitment of prospective CRSI members.
Committee responsible for discussing, collecting, and distributing safety best practices for fabrication shops and the field.