ACI 133 to help federal agency investigate Florida tower collapse

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI Committee 133 on Disaster Reconnaissance will coordinate a team to assist National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) structural engineering experts study the progressive failure of a 12-story reinforced concrete structure, Champlain Towers South, in Surfside, Fla. ACI Executive Vice President Ronald Burg cited the action in a statement on the June 24 tragedy, noting “The American Concrete Institute shares its sadness at the loss of life following the collapse.” 

Operating within the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST is tasked by federal statutes to investigate major building failures. That duty was especially evident in 2001-2004, as the agency took center stage in exhaustive studies of World Trade Center building collapses following September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City. 

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