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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.

 

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How Precast Builds: Hollow-Core Floors and Walls (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Join this webinar and learn how to design and build utilizing hollow-core floors and walls using precast/prestressed concrete. 
Attendees will come away with the ability to identify the different precast/prestressed hollow-core concrete systems. Learn about the inherent fire resistance of hollow-core, a major life-safety consideration.

Explain the benefits of using precast/prestressed hollow-core concrete, and discuss the sound transmission class and speed of construction using hollow-core concrete.

more...

How Precast Builds (Precast/Prestressed Concrete 101) (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Explore building design solutions using precast/prestressed concrete products. Learn what precast/prestressed concrete products are, how they are manufactured, including structural theory of prestressing, and quality assurance procedures. Learn about the industry certification program (PCI) of plants, people and performance. The introduction will explore numerous examples of architectural and structural concrete solutions. Learn about the industry certification program (PCI) of plants, people and performance. The introduction will explore numerous examples of architectural and structural concrete solutions

more...

Innovative Mixed-Use Buildings with Parking (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Join us for a discussion about parking design and ways to integrate precast components into a parking garage. How do designers create these spaces and what materials are typically used? How are innovative precast systems being adapted for these developments? The presenter will discuss the overall collaboration needed by the team to enhance project success.

more...

Engineered Utility Precast Solutions (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Introduction to Engineered Utility precast concrete products and applications. An emphasis will be placed on cost/labor/time savings, quality, and the versatility of utility precast applications. Attendees will be educated on innovative precast solutions in markets ranging from heavy civil, transportation, energy, wastewater, site development, residential and Industrial.

more...

Material Selection Matters (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Construction professionals specify materials every day; your decisions affect the environment, our communities, and their health and safety. Harnessing the evolving body of knowledge about the impacts of materials on our communities is integral to improving the science and art of architecture and engineering. It is crucial to have transparent, accurate information about building materials in order to select the products that are right for your project.
“Building failures are the most common cause of missed energy targets, durability issues, and health and comfort problems. Making multilayered, high-performance structures and building envelopes function as they should requires a new way of thinking that has not yet become second nature in the industry” John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng– Principal, RDH Building Science

more...

The Case for Resilient Design (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Resiliency is a national priority. The AEC community will play an important role by driving acceptance and implementation of resilient based design. This course addresses the question of how best to quantify and communicate resilient based design. It reviews the risk assessment standards in FEMA P-58 and presents the U.S. Resiliency Council's established standard rating system designed to describe the performance of buildings during earthquakes and other natural hazard events.

more...

Efficient Design Assist - Precast Concrete Case Studies (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

What does design build really mean? How does it work for precast? Designers are teaming with precast concrete industry partners who offer design influence, engineering assistance, cost controls, accelerated occupancy, and construction efficiencies. As precasters are getting more involved in projects, owners, designers, and construction managers are turning to them for innovative solutions. We will feature case studies of iconic structures and define the precaster's role in making projects successful.

more...

Total Precast Concrete K-12 School Case Studies (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

This presentation offers a detailed discussion of new innovations being used today to deliver thermally efficient, total precast concrete K-12 schools. The presentation uses case studies to demonstrate the sustainability and resilience aspects of the total precast systems. Examples of significant cost savings, energy savings, reduced site disturbance and truncated construction schedules will be illustrated. 

more...

Precast Concrete Off-Site Construction: Techniques & Case Studies (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

The National Institute of Building Sciences 2014 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey found precast concrete structural components were the most often used elements of off-site construction.  With the looming shortage of skilled workers forecast to exceed 2 million by 2017, prefabrication may become a necessity and a more common method of project delivery.  The benefits include shorter construction schedules, greater degree of predictability in cost, reduced material waste, reduced coordination of trades and reduced risk.   This session will provide an overview of the most common systems of precast concrete products, cover basic design criteria and capabilities, and explore case studies showing how precast was used to solve diverse design and construction challenges with off-site construction.

more...

Energy (Fenestration) [DN-15b] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

This course will enable attendees to understand the three main components of windows; glazing, spacer and frame.  Participants will take away knowledge of how to incorporate passive solar techniques and use thermal mass such as that in precast concrete to absorb solar heat gain.  Additionally, types of window systems and how to gain maximum efficiency based on codes such as ASHRAE 90.1 will be discussed.  

more...

The use of EPD'S and the Role of Transparency in Sustainable Development (1 HSW/LU or 1 PDH)

Environmental product declarations (EPDs) are the latest trend in sustainability reporting by manufacturers.  Leading-edge industries in the construction materials sector are on board – they’re using EPDs to understand and transparently communicate the environmental footprint of their products.  In this webinar, learn more about EPDs and how they can help earn points in LEED v4

more...

Terra-Cotta Faced Precast Concrete (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Terra cotta tiles have been used to clad buildings in the United States for several decades, providing a distinctive aesthetic touch. Today, designers are discovering they can embed terra cotta into architectural and structural precast concrete panels as a means to more efficiently use terra cotta on projects.

more...

Designing for Fire Safety (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Precast concrete provides significantly enhanced passive fire protection due to its inherent inorganic composition and resistance to the effects of fire. Containment by compartmentalizing the design with a precast concrete structural system limits damage and may allow occupants more time to evacuate the premises. PCI recently published its updated fire manual including an International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) report that allows its use as an alternate to code provisions. This presentation will provide an overview of fire safety design using the updated manual.

more...

High Performance Athletic Facilities (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

This presentation will provide an overview of today’s high performance athletic facility design using precast concrete systems, as well as include recommendations to optimize designs.  Topics discussed will be highlighted with case studies.

more...

High Performance Essentials: Energy Modeling & Envelope Commissioning (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

To design and build high performance buildings we must have reliable approaches to energy modeling to predict future performance and guide design decisions. High performance buildings must also actually perform. Hence, building commissioning is becoming more important in order to confirm construction and performance. This presentation will discuss what energy modeling and envelope commissioning are and their role in construction. 

more...

Energy Conservation & Condensation Control [DN-15] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

Americans spend 90% of their time inside buildings which means the designers need to know how their envelope systems work to control energy & moisture. Several factors influence the actual energy performance of a building envelope so will use this time to discuss not only precast envelope systems but various wall systems both as rain barriers and rain screens.

more...

Artist's Palette: The Aesthetic Versatility of Precast Concrete (1 PDH or 1 LU)

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.

more...

Connections [DN-32] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Fire Resistance of Architectural Precast Concrete Envelopes [DN-31] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Building Envelope Commissioning [DN-30] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Sustainability [DN 33] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

This article provides a broad introduction to the topic of sustainability, as well as in-depth information on topics such as integrated design, life-cycle assessment, concrete-industry-related life-cycle inventory data, green building rating systems, and much more. After an introduction to these topics, sustainable-design strategies related to the use of precast concrete are outlined. Broad topics such as environmental protection and resiliency are also included.

more...

Form Liners [DN-34] (1 PDH or 1 LU)

This article provides a broad introduction to the topic of sustainability, as well as in-depth information on topics such as integrated design, life-cycle assessment, concrete-industry-related life-cycle inventory data, green building rating systems, and much more. After an introduction to these topics, sustainable-design strategies related to the use of precast concrete are outlined. Broad topics such as environmental protection and resiliency are also included.

more...

Weathering [DN-29] (1 PDH)

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.

more...

Design and Construction Responsibilities for Architectural Precast Concrete [DN-28] (2 PDH or 2 LU)

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.

more...

Discover High Performance Precast (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Design Factors Affecting Aesthetics of Architectural Precast Concrete [DN-27] (2 PDH or 2 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Designing High Performance Precast Concrete Parking Structures (1 HSW/LU or 1 PDH)

Parking structures have changed a lot over the past decade. Today’s parking structures have to be built sustainably, reduce operational and maintenance costs, last longer, and have more stringent aesthetic requirements. In many cases, they have to be high performance structures exceeding standard expectations. This presentation will explain what a high performance parking structure is, as well as how to design and build them utilizing high performance precast concrete. The latest innovations and design methodologies, including connections, proper detailing, and maintenance will be discussed.

more...

Technical Writing Part 1 (1 PDH)

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)

more...

Technical Writing Part 2 (1.5 PDH)

Part 2 of Technical Writing Webinar - Rachel Detwiler

more...

Energy (Fenestration) [DN-15b] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

This course will enable attendees to understand the three main components of windows; glazing, spacer and frame.  Participants will take away knowledge of how to incorporate passive solar techniques and use thermal mass such as that in precast concrete to absorb solar heat gain.  Additionally, types of window systems and how to gain maximum efficiency based on codes such as ASHRAE 90.1 will be discussed.  

more...

Terra-Cotta Faced Precast Concrete (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Terra cotta tiles have been used to clad buildings in the United States for several decades, providing a distinctive aesthetic touch. Today, designers are discovering they can embed terra cotta into architectural and structural precast concrete panels as a means to more efficiently use terra cotta on projects.

more...

Energy Conservation & Condensation Control [DN-15] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

Americans spend 90% of their time inside buildings which means the designers need to know how their envelope systems work to control energy & moisture. Several factors influence the actual energy performance of a building envelope so will use this time to discuss not only precast envelope systems but various wall systems both as rain barriers and rain screens.

more...

Connections [DN-32] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Fire Resistance of Architectural Precast Concrete Envelopes [DN-31] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Building Envelope Commissioning [DN-30] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Sustainability [DN 33] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

This article provides a broad introduction to the topic of sustainability, as well as in-depth information on topics such as integrated design, life-cycle assessment, concrete-industry-related life-cycle inventory data, green building rating systems, and much more. After an introduction to these topics, sustainable-design strategies related to the use of precast concrete are outlined. Broad topics such as environmental protection and resiliency are also included.

more...

Form Liners [DN-34] (1 PDH or 1 LU)

This article provides a broad introduction to the topic of sustainability, as well as in-depth information on topics such as integrated design, life-cycle assessment, concrete-industry-related life-cycle inventory data, green building rating systems, and much more. After an introduction to these topics, sustainable-design strategies related to the use of precast concrete are outlined. Broad topics such as environmental protection and resiliency are also included.

more...

Weathering [DN-29] (1 PDH)

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.

more...

Design and Construction Responsibilities for Architectural Precast Concrete [DN-28] (2 PDH or 2 LU)

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.

more...

Design Factors Affecting Aesthetics of Architectural Precast Concrete [DN-27] (2 PDH or 2 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

High Performance Athletic Facilities (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

This presentation will provide an overview of today’s high performance athletic facility design using precast concrete systems, as well as include recommendations to optimize designs.  Topics discussed will be highlighted with case studies.

more...

High Performance Essentials: Energy Modeling & Envelope Commissioning (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

To design and build high performance buildings we must have reliable approaches to energy modeling to predict future performance and guide design decisions. High performance buildings must also actually perform. Hence, building commissioning is becoming more important in order to confirm construction and performance. This presentation will discuss what energy modeling and envelope commissioning are and their role in construction. 

more...

Discover High Performance Precast (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Designing High Performance Precast Concrete Parking Structures (1 HSW/LU or 1 PDH)

Parking structures have changed a lot over the past decade. Today’s parking structures have to be built sustainably, reduce operational and maintenance costs, last longer, and have more stringent aesthetic requirements. In many cases, they have to be high performance structures exceeding standard expectations. This presentation will explain what a high performance parking structure is, as well as how to design and build them utilizing high performance precast concrete. The latest innovations and design methodologies, including connections, proper detailing, and maintenance will be discussed.

more...

How Precast Builds: Hollow-Core Floors and Walls (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Join this webinar and learn how to design and build utilizing hollow-core floors and walls using precast/prestressed concrete. 
Attendees will come away with the ability to identify the different precast/prestressed hollow-core concrete systems. Learn about the inherent fire resistance of hollow-core, a major life-safety consideration.

Explain the benefits of using precast/prestressed hollow-core concrete, and discuss the sound transmission class and speed of construction using hollow-core concrete.

more...

How Precast Builds (Precast/Prestressed Concrete 101) (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Explore building design solutions using precast/prestressed concrete products. Learn what precast/prestressed concrete products are, how they are manufactured, including structural theory of prestressing, and quality assurance procedures. Learn about the industry certification program (PCI) of plants, people and performance. The introduction will explore numerous examples of architectural and structural concrete solutions. Learn about the industry certification program (PCI) of plants, people and performance. The introduction will explore numerous examples of architectural and structural concrete solutions

more...

Innovative Mixed-Use Buildings with Parking (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Join us for a discussion about parking design and ways to integrate precast components into a parking garage. How do designers create these spaces and what materials are typically used? How are innovative precast systems being adapted for these developments? The presenter will discuss the overall collaboration needed by the team to enhance project success.

more...

Engineered Utility Precast Solutions (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Introduction to Engineered Utility precast concrete products and applications. An emphasis will be placed on cost/labor/time savings, quality, and the versatility of utility precast applications. Attendees will be educated on innovative precast solutions in markets ranging from heavy civil, transportation, energy, wastewater, site development, residential and Industrial.

more...

Material Selection Matters (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Construction professionals specify materials every day; your decisions affect the environment, our communities, and their health and safety. Harnessing the evolving body of knowledge about the impacts of materials on our communities is integral to improving the science and art of architecture and engineering. It is crucial to have transparent, accurate information about building materials in order to select the products that are right for your project.
“Building failures are the most common cause of missed energy targets, durability issues, and health and comfort problems. Making multilayered, high-performance structures and building envelopes function as they should requires a new way of thinking that has not yet become second nature in the industry” John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng– Principal, RDH Building Science

more...

The Case for Resilient Design (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Resiliency is a national priority. The AEC community will play an important role by driving acceptance and implementation of resilient based design. This course addresses the question of how best to quantify and communicate resilient based design. It reviews the risk assessment standards in FEMA P-58 and presents the U.S. Resiliency Council's established standard rating system designed to describe the performance of buildings during earthquakes and other natural hazard events.

more...

Efficient Design Assist - Precast Concrete Case Studies (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

What does design build really mean? How does it work for precast? Designers are teaming with precast concrete industry partners who offer design influence, engineering assistance, cost controls, accelerated occupancy, and construction efficiencies. As precasters are getting more involved in projects, owners, designers, and construction managers are turning to them for innovative solutions. We will feature case studies of iconic structures and define the precaster's role in making projects successful.

more...

Total Precast Concrete K-12 School Case Studies (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

This presentation offers a detailed discussion of new innovations being used today to deliver thermally efficient, total precast concrete K-12 schools. The presentation uses case studies to demonstrate the sustainability and resilience aspects of the total precast systems. Examples of significant cost savings, energy savings, reduced site disturbance and truncated construction schedules will be illustrated. 

more...

Precast Concrete Off-Site Construction: Techniques & Case Studies (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

The National Institute of Building Sciences 2014 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey found precast concrete structural components were the most often used elements of off-site construction.  With the looming shortage of skilled workers forecast to exceed 2 million by 2017, prefabrication may become a necessity and a more common method of project delivery.  The benefits include shorter construction schedules, greater degree of predictability in cost, reduced material waste, reduced coordination of trades and reduced risk.   This session will provide an overview of the most common systems of precast concrete products, cover basic design criteria and capabilities, and explore case studies showing how precast was used to solve diverse design and construction challenges with off-site construction.

more...

Energy (Fenestration) [DN-15b] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

This course will enable attendees to understand the three main components of windows; glazing, spacer and frame.  Participants will take away knowledge of how to incorporate passive solar techniques and use thermal mass such as that in precast concrete to absorb solar heat gain.  Additionally, types of window systems and how to gain maximum efficiency based on codes such as ASHRAE 90.1 will be discussed.  

more...

Terra-Cotta Faced Precast Concrete (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Terra cotta tiles have been used to clad buildings in the United States for several decades, providing a distinctive aesthetic touch. Today, designers are discovering they can embed terra cotta into architectural and structural precast concrete panels as a means to more efficiently use terra cotta on projects.

more...

Designing for Fire Safety (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Precast concrete provides significantly enhanced passive fire protection due to its inherent inorganic composition and resistance to the effects of fire. Containment by compartmentalizing the design with a precast concrete structural system limits damage and may allow occupants more time to evacuate the premises. PCI recently published its updated fire manual including an International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) report that allows its use as an alternate to code provisions. This presentation will provide an overview of fire safety design using the updated manual.

more...

High Performance Athletic Facilities (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

This presentation will provide an overview of today’s high performance athletic facility design using precast concrete systems, as well as include recommendations to optimize designs.  Topics discussed will be highlighted with case studies.

more...

High Performance Essentials: Energy Modeling & Envelope Commissioning (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

To design and build high performance buildings we must have reliable approaches to energy modeling to predict future performance and guide design decisions. High performance buildings must also actually perform. Hence, building commissioning is becoming more important in order to confirm construction and performance. This presentation will discuss what energy modeling and envelope commissioning are and their role in construction. 

more...

Energy Conservation & Condensation Control [DN-15] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

Americans spend 90% of their time inside buildings which means the designers need to know how their envelope systems work to control energy & moisture. Several factors influence the actual energy performance of a building envelope so will use this time to discuss not only precast envelope systems but various wall systems both as rain barriers and rain screens.

more...

Artist's Palette: The Aesthetic Versatility of Precast Concrete (1 PDH or 1 LU)

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.

more...

Connections [DN-32] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Fire Resistance of Architectural Precast Concrete Envelopes [DN-31] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Building Envelope Commissioning [DN-30] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Sustainability [DN 33] (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

This article provides a broad introduction to the topic of sustainability, as well as in-depth information on topics such as integrated design, life-cycle assessment, concrete-industry-related life-cycle inventory data, green building rating systems, and much more. After an introduction to these topics, sustainable-design strategies related to the use of precast concrete are outlined. Broad topics such as environmental protection and resiliency are also included.

more...

Discover High Performance Precast (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

Design Factors Affecting Aesthetics of Architectural Precast Concrete [DN-27] (2 PDH or 2 HSW/LU)

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.

more...

How Precast Builds: Hollow-Core Floors and Walls (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Join this webinar and learn how to design and build utilizing hollow-core floors and walls using precast/prestressed concrete. 
Attendees will come away with the ability to identify the different precast/prestressed hollow-core concrete systems. Learn about the inherent fire resistance of hollow-core, a major life-safety consideration.

Explain the benefits of using precast/prestressed hollow-core concrete, and discuss the sound transmission class and speed of construction using hollow-core concrete.

more...

How Precast Builds (Precast/Prestressed Concrete 101) (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Explore building design solutions using precast/prestressed concrete products. Learn what precast/prestressed concrete products are, how they are manufactured, including structural theory of prestressing, and quality assurance procedures. Learn about the industry certification program (PCI) of plants, people and performance. The introduction will explore numerous examples of architectural and structural concrete solutions. Learn about the industry certification program (PCI) of plants, people and performance. The introduction will explore numerous examples of architectural and structural concrete solutions

more...

Innovative Mixed-Use Buildings with Parking (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Join us for a discussion about parking design and ways to integrate precast components into a parking garage. How do designers create these spaces and what materials are typically used? How are innovative precast systems being adapted for these developments? The presenter will discuss the overall collaboration needed by the team to enhance project success.

more...

Engineered Utility Precast Solutions (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Introduction to Engineered Utility precast concrete products and applications. An emphasis will be placed on cost/labor/time savings, quality, and the versatility of utility precast applications. Attendees will be educated on innovative precast solutions in markets ranging from heavy civil, transportation, energy, wastewater, site development, residential and Industrial.

more...

Material Selection Matters (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Construction professionals specify materials every day; your decisions affect the environment, our communities, and their health and safety. Harnessing the evolving body of knowledge about the impacts of materials on our communities is integral to improving the science and art of architecture and engineering. It is crucial to have transparent, accurate information about building materials in order to select the products that are right for your project.
“Building failures are the most common cause of missed energy targets, durability issues, and health and comfort problems. Making multilayered, high-performance structures and building envelopes function as they should requires a new way of thinking that has not yet become second nature in the industry” John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng– Principal, RDH Building Science

more...

The Case for Resilient Design (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

Resiliency is a national priority. The AEC community will play an important role by driving acceptance and implementation of resilient based design. This course addresses the question of how best to quantify and communicate resilient based design. It reviews the risk assessment standards in FEMA P-58 and presents the U.S. Resiliency Council's established standard rating system designed to describe the performance of buildings during earthquakes and other natural hazard events.

more...

Efficient Design Assist - Precast Concrete Case Studies (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

What does design build really mean? How does it work for precast? Designers are teaming with precast concrete industry partners who offer design influence, engineering assistance, cost controls, accelerated occupancy, and construction efficiencies. As precasters are getting more involved in projects, owners, designers, and construction managers are turning to them for innovative solutions. We will feature case studies of iconic structures and define the precaster's role in making projects successful.

more...

Total Precast Concrete K-12 School Case Studies (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

This presentation offers a detailed discussion of new innovations being used today to deliver thermally efficient, total precast concrete K-12 schools. The presentation uses case studies to demonstrate the sustainability and resilience aspects of the total precast systems. Examples of significant cost savings, energy savings, reduced site disturbance and truncated construction schedules will be illustrated. 

more...

Precast Concrete Off-Site Construction: Techniques & Case Studies (1 PDH or 1 LU/HSW)

The National Institute of Building Sciences 2014 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey found precast concrete structural components were the most often used elements of off-site construction.  With the looming shortage of skilled workers forecast to exceed 2 million by 2017, prefabrication may become a necessity and a more common method of project delivery.  The benefits include shorter construction schedules, greater degree of predictability in cost, reduced material waste, reduced coordination of trades and reduced risk.   This session will provide an overview of the most common systems of precast concrete products, cover basic design criteria and capabilities, and explore case studies showing how precast was used to solve diverse design and construction challenges with off-site construction.

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Artist's Palette: The Aesthetic Versatility of Precast Concrete (1 PDH or 1 LU)

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.

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Discover High Performance Precast (1 PDH or 1 HSW/LU)

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.

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Technical Writing Part 1 (1 PDH)

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)

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Technical Writing Part 2 (1.5 PDH)

Part 2 of Technical Writing Webinar - Rachel Detwiler

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PCI Online Quality Control School Level One - Session One

Level I begins the series of quality schools and starts off with a review of PCI certification programs, both plant and personnel. The curriculum was developed especially for quality control personnel, engineers, technician/managers, plant managers/superintendents, consulting engineers, and technicians. However, the schools and certifications are open to everyone involved in planning, operations, and quality control in the precast products industry. 

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PCI eLearning Course T110: Preliminary Precast, Prestressed Concrete Design

T110: Preliminary design is the first step in designing an economical precast, prestressed concrete bridge. This first course in the series on design, presents the preliminary plan, superstructure, substructure, and foundation considerations, and member selection criteria with design aids and examples.

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PCI eLearning Course T115: Materials and Manufacturing of Precast, Prestressed Concrete

T115: This second course on design explores the constraints related to type, size, and method selection. Materials control strength and durability characteristics. The industries’ manufacturing capabilities are important conditions on design assumptions. Plant handling and transportation constraints need to be considered in design. This course presents the important initial information required before beginning design, enabling designers to take advantage of the flexibility and economy of precast, prestressed concrete products while avoiding pitfalls that could make solutions less cost effective.

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PCI eLearning Course T120: Design Loads and Load Distribution

T120: This third course on bridge design teaches one of the fundamental tasks of collecting information on permanent and transient loads that may act on a bridge and how these forces are distributed to the structural components. It presents the load types and load distribution provisions of the LRFD Specifications related to superstructure systems.

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About PCI

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) was established to foster greater understanding and use of precast and prestressed concrete products.  PCI is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, maintains a full staff of technical, marketing and education specialists, and has organization and individual members all over the world.


At any time, if you have any questions about PCI you can click on our logo at the top of the page to visit our website, or visit us at http://www.pci.org

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Program Goals

The goal of this distance learning program is to provide quality education on precast and prestressed concrete topics to:



  • Increase awareness of the benefits of precast/prestressed concrete

  • Develop interest in designing and building with precast/prestressed concrete

  • Foster an increased understanding of precast concrete as a building material and system

  • Develop relationships with target influencers and decision makers

  • Position PCI as a leading education resource for the precast concrete structures industry


If you have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the PCI Education Department at (312) 360-3219.

More Information

For more information about this site, about precast/prestressed concrete products, or about PCI, please visit our website at www.pci.org or call us at (312) 786-0300.

About This Site

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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Continuing Education Credits

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.  

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Sponsors

The PCI eLearning Center would would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors.  PCI would like to thank:



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