On-Demand Course: Troubleshooting Specifications

Price: $ 39.00 USD

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The contents of this course include three recorded presentations from the ACI 2015 Spring Convention:

• Unless Otherwise Specified by Nicholas J. Carino, Consultant, Chagrin Falls, OH

• What Did I Just Promise You? by Michelle L. Wilson, Director, Education, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, IL

• Helpful Specifications by W. Calvin McCall, Partner, Concrete Engineering Consultants, Inc., Charlotte, NC

INSTRUCTIONS: Study the materials included in this module. Then, complete and pass the corresponding 10-question quiz with a score of 80% or higher to receive a certificate for 0.1 CEU (equivalent to 1.0 PDH). This online course is not approved for credit with the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB).

Continuing Education Credit: 0.1 CEU (1 PDH)

Approved by AIA and ICC

Access Period: 30 days


The course will clarify some common ACI 301 concrete specification confusion regarding: (1) performance specifications and prescription specifications; (2) strength and water cementitious ratio; (3) minimum cement content, (4) slump and quality of concrete; (5) temperature limits and thermal control plan; (6) durability requirements for different environments; (7) concrete cracking control; (8) curing conditions; and (9) owner acceptance criteria. The course also clarifies the use of referral language such as “unless otherwise noted” and “as indicated in contract documents”. The course also teaches how well-written specifications can be used to resolve potential issues concerning owner acceptance and potential non-compliance claims.


Document Details

Publication Year: 2016


Categories: Codes, Specifications

Formats: Online Learning

Table of Contents

Learning objectives:

1. Explain ACI 301 concrete specification referral language such as “unless otherwise specified” or “as indicated in contract documents” that permits the contractor or specifier the ability to make appropriate additions or alternatives to specifications.

2. Identify characteristics of performance-based concrete specifications.

3. Explain how well-written specifications can meet the strength and durability needs of the concrete structure and how they can help resolve disputes that may occur during construction.

4. Create well-written specifications and apply them to resolve owner acceptance criteria.


Any applicable errata are included with individual documents at the time of purchase. Errata are not included for collections or sets of documents such as the ACI Collection. For a listing of and access to all product errata, visit the Errata page.

Return/Exchange Policy

Printed / Hard Copy Products: The full and complete returned product will be accepted if returned within 60 days of receipt and in salable condition. A 20% service charge applies. Return shipping fees are the customer’s responsibility.

Electronic /Downloaded Products & Online Learning Courses: These items are not eligible for return.

Subscriptions These items are not eligible for return.

Exchanges: Contact ACI’s Customer Services Department for options (+1.248.848.3800 – ACICustomerService@concrete.org).