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CSDA Resource Guide Aids Specifiers


Clearwater, FL – Architects, engineers, general contractors and government officials—virtually
everyone who is involved in specifying sawing and drilling services in their daily work, have 24/7 access
to the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association’s (CSDA) 2010-11 Resource Guide. CSDA offers this
guide as a printed manual, but the guide is also available free of charge online at
“The mission of the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association is to promote sawing and drilling services
and the contractors that perform these services to specifiers, highlighting the advantages of their use in
renovation or demolition projects,” said Patrick O’Brien, executive director of the association. “To have
these resources available in print and on the Internet helps specifiers access this information whenever
and wherever they need it,” he added.
Diamond cutting systems can provide significant cost advantages over conventional removal methods,
yet many architects, engineers, general contractors and government officials are not aware of these
cutting techniques and capabilities. Whether it is a major infrastructure project such as a power plant or
dam renovation, or a highway or airport surface repair job, cutting and removing large sections of
concrete can be much more cost effective than other demolition methods. Diamond cutting systems can
also help maintain the structural integrity of surrounding structures due to minimal vibration and less
The latest CSDA Resource Guide contains a comprehensive collection of 24 specifier resource
documents produced by CSDA in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) and the International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers (IACDS). Specifications,
Standards, Tolerances and Best Practice documents included in the guide can help specifiers better
understand the wide range of cutting capabilities that exist through concrete cutting, and provide ideas
on how the use of diamond cutting tools can be advantageous in future projects.
The Resource Guide is just one of the tools that CSDA provides for specifiers. The Specifier’s Corner of
the CSDA Website home page includes a feature to submit project details and request bids from CSDA
contractors through the completion of a simple online form. This area of the website also contains PDF
versions of individual Standards, Specifications, Tolerances and Best Practices. In addition, each
sawing and drilling job story published in Concrete Openings magazine can be downloaded for
reference from the Techniques page of, where they are arranged by the
technique used.
Specifiers are encouraged to utilize the Resource Guide and other tools offered by CSDA. These
resources have been specifically developed for specifiers to aid in the compilation of specifications for
renovation or demolition projects requiring the use of diamond tools. For more information, contact the
CSDA office at 727-577-5004 or email
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CSDA is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the concrete
construction and renovation industry. The CSDA mission is to promote the selection of professional sawing and drilling
contractors and their methods. Concrete cutting with diamond tools offers the industry many benefits including lower total
project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris,
limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 international
member companies.

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