PCI is proud to offer the first education management system dedicated to the precast concrete and precast structures industries, the PCI elearning Center. All courses offered through this system satisfy the continuing education requirements of engineers in all 50 states! As an AIA provider, PCI is able to offer architects approved Learning Units to satisfy their continuing education requirements. Be sure to bookmark us and visit often as we populate this interface with more and more free, easy-to-access, always-available coursework.
The aesthetics of a structure are very important, as it is what most people identify with. High performance materials should provide aesthetic versatility in order to efficiently meet a structure's architectural requirements. Precast concrete provides incredible aesthetic versatility from providing multiple colors and textures, to developing shapes, forms and very ornate details. Precast can also simulate or be veneered with natural materials providing all of their beauty, but with the added speed, durability, many other benefits of precast. This presentation will provide an overview of the many finishes available with precast concrete, along with methodologies for achieving them. We will also discuss combining multiple finishes into single panels, veneers and embedded materials, selection of mix designs, approaches to achieving colors, proper specification, and procedures to ensure expectations are aligned.
UPDATE: From the Spring 2014 issue of ASCENT magazine, this article offers 1 HSW Learning Unit of continuing education after successfully passing the assessment quiz.
This Designer's Notebook provides an overview of the design concepts for connections of architectural precast concrete enclosure systems. This includes the types of connections and hardware as well as design considerations, such as fireproofing. The articles also addresses who is typically responsible for supplying field hardware.
UPDATE: From the Spring 2013 issue of ASCENT magazine, this article offers 2 HSW Learning Units of continuing education after successfully passing the assessment quiz.
UPDATE: From the Winter 2013 issue of ASCENT magazine, this article offers 2 HSW Learning Units of continuing education after successfully passing the assessment quiz.
This course will review the importance of appropriate envelope design and the importance of that design to sustainability compliance. Concepts such as vapor diffusion and dew point are explained. Attendees are encouraged to complete both Part I and Part II of this envelope series. This course offers 1 PDH to engineers or 1 HSW/SD LU to architects.
Attendees familiar with vapor and moisture barriers will find this course meaningful as the thermal mass property of concrete is investigated and its contribution to sustainability explored. R-factors are explained and discussed and the flexibility of finishes is discussed as well. This course offers 1 PDH to engineers or 1 HSW/SD LU to architects.
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has done extensive research over the past decades to improve overall seismic design methodology and the use of precast concrete in seismic regions. This course will provide an overview of seismic design with precast concrete, highlighting some of the research and systems available. Specifically, the Precast Seismic Structural Systems (PRESSS) will be discussed.
This course will go through a design example using the 7th edition PCI Design Handbook and will explain the in-depth concepts reviewed during the 8-hour live seminar. It offers 1 PDH.
Recent code changes, increasing sustainability requirements, and a challenging economy are just some of the factors increasing demand for high-performance structures.The concept of high-performance encompasses sustainability; however, it goes beyond a ‘this-or-that’ approach by requiring optimization of all relevant attributes for a project on a life cycle basis. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help you achieve your high performance project goals.
UPDATE: From the Summer 2014 issue of ASCENT magazine, this article offers 1 HSW Learning Unit of continuing education after successfully passing the assessment quiz.
This course discusses the best practices available for the design, construction and maintenance of parking garages. This course offers 1 PDH to engineers or 1 HSW LU to architects.
Over the past couple of years, we have been rocked by some devastating earthquakes including those in Chile, New Zealand and Japan. These unpredictable events resulted in casualties; destroyed towns, cities and infrastructure; and took a toll on economies. It is critical that we learn from these events how to better design and build structures that will protect lives, as well as potentially be restored with minimal repairs after such incidents. This webinar will present the findings from three exploratory teams that visited Chile, New Zealand and Japan after their recent earthquakes. The presentation will share the teams’ observations and findings, as well as discussion of how precast concrete performed. The webinar will share how PCI’s codified PRESSS research has been successfully used in other countries and how you can utilize it in your own projects.
Concrete gets a bad rap for being dingy and grey - but the reality is that the possibilities are endless. You can take advantage of concrete's weight and mass and still blend in with any landscape or architecture. This course offers 1 PDH to engineers or 1 HSW LU to architects.
What are community safe rooms? Who should build them? Why is FEMA involved? These questions have some folks looking for answers - and this course presents them in an easy-to-understand format. There's potential here - come see how.
Quality Assurance verifies that quality control procedures are in place during the manufacturing of a product. This course identifies the importance of such activities when specifying precast concrete products in any application. This course offers 1 PDH to engineers or 1 LU to architects.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to author papers or articles for PCI magazines? Do you know how to write a technical manual for your committee? From the editors of the PCI Journal comes a new series on technical writing that will explain the writing process from inception to publication. This series will explain the foundations of sound technical writing and you’ll plainly see why technical writing style is distinct from other types of writing. Join us for the first two parts. (Part I is not a prerequisite for Part II)
Part 2 of Technical Writing Webinar - Rachel Detwiler
UPDATE: From the Summer 2013 issue of ASCENT magazine, this article offers 1 HSW Learning Unit of continuing education after successfully passing the assessment quiz.
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The PCI elearning Center is the result of feedback from attendees just like you. Although local face-to-face (f2f) learning environments are close to home and inexpensive, busy professionals know that your schedule may not allow you to attend at a set time. You’ve consistently asked for recorded versions of our courses in order to meet your locality’s continuing education requirements with the top-quality programming for which PCI is well known. You want on-demand distance education taught by renowned industry professionals covering precast/prestressed concrete topics ... and we listened!
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PCI is committed to delivering quality education through this site. Expect to see coursework originally presented via Webinar, coursework specifically designed to be taught via this medium and/or coursework originally presented in a face-to-face (f2f) setting. We will continue to repurpose content so that it lends itself well to distance learning, so please be patient with us as we grow this site, populate it with meaningful content and make it the premier internet e-learning portal dedicated to the precast concrete structures industry.
PCI is an approved education provider with the following organizations:
National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES): All courses offered through this site are approved to grant Professional Development Hours (PDH) at a 1:1 ratio, or 1 PDH for every hour of instruction.
American Institute of Architects (AIA): Courses offered through this site may be approved to grant Learning Units (LU) at a 1:1 ratio, or 1 LU for every hour of instruction. Be sure to verify a course's approved status in the course description. AIA members must provide their AIA numbers when registering for a course in order to obtain credit.
U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC): A limited number of courses may offer GBCI CE credit, earned at a 1:1 ratio, or 1 GCBI CE for every hour of instruction. Be sure to verify a course's approved status in the course description.
Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE): All courses offered through this site are approved to grant professional development Hours (PDH) at a 1:1 ratio, or 1 PDH per hour of instruction to all professional engineers registered in the state of Florida. PCI will report the hours directly to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. You must provide your Florida PE number in its entirety in order to obtain credit on your FBPE transcript.
Our ability to continue offering continuing education credit via the PCI elearning Center is contingent upon our sucessfuly evaluating each course, its content, presenters and effectiveness. Hence, certificates of completion are available for download after you complete a course and submit a course evaluation. We appreciate your candid feedback and we will use it to improve yoru elearning experience here.
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