SCHAUMBURG, ILL. — The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) has introduced Reinforced Concrete Explorer — a web-based centerpiece of a new conceptual stage building system selection and optimization resource for development teams.

Debuting at the World of Concrete conference in Las Vegas, the innovative building system evaluation guide is designed to help project teams maximize the ultimate value, efficiency and durability of a building. Reinforced Concrete Explorer presents many opportunities for exploiting the structural frame to reduce costs, increasing speed construction, improving sustainability and ensuring quality outcomes.

Within Reinforced Concrete Explorer’s quick step-by-step evaluation process, users are prompted to answer project-specific questions and consider a wide range of approach options. Evaluation using this comprehensive tool will highlight opportunities in the pre-construction phase, during construction and throughout the entire life of the building.

Additionally, Reinforced Concrete Explorer will be instrumental in familiarizing architectural and structural engineering students with important non-technical concerns that, in practice, will influence the performance, sustainability and the overall value of a building.

Supporting the interactive web tool is a printed companion guidebook and an introductory one-hour seminar suitable for university lectures, speaking engagements and in-house “lunch & learn” programs offered free-of-charge by CRSI’s national network of regional managers.

Beginning in February 2011, the web-based guide will be available at Seminars and guidebooks are available by contacting any of the CRSI Regional Offices listed on the CRSI website.