For professionals in the design and construction industries, continuing education is not only a requirement but a means of ensuring that designers stay up to date on the latest research, innovations, and options available for future projects. Continuing its drive toward the design and construction of high-performance structures, PCI wants to ensure that professionals have a full understanding and knowledge of high-performance precast concrete and its benefits, applications, and design methodologies.

PCI’s Online Academy is a continuing education series for engineering professionals and students. Each online course consists of weekly, 90-minute sessions over a period of four to six weeks. Continuing education credits will be awarded at the conclusion of each course. 

The courses are taught by leading professors and industry experts in precast, prestressed concrete design. These subject matter experts have significant experience teaching precast, prestressed concrete topics and format classes to optimize learning.

Participants are not required to have prior precast, prestressed concrete experience. Program content will be technical and useful to those designing precast, prestressed concrete structures or who intend to do so in the near future, such as licensed engineers, EITs, professors, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Course – Advanced Prestressed Design

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Prerequisite: None
Length: Six Sessions (90 minutes each)
PDHs Earned: 9.0
Course Dates: August 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023
Course Times: 5 – 6:30 pm Central each day
Dr. Sergio Brenã, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

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Description & Learning Objectives

This course is specific to needs of the Precast / Prestressed Concrete industry. This course presents advanced design topics of precast/prestressed components based on information presented in Chapter 5 of the 8th Edition PCI Design Handbook. This course builds on the concepts introduced in the Basic Prestressed Concrete Design series offered by PCI earlier this year. The development of design provisions resulting from recently completed research supported by PCI is emphasized.

This 6-part online series will present the background and details of provisions for design precast/prestressed components including torsion, dapped end design, ledge design, corbel design, design of compression members, and detailing of beam openings. 


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PCI membership status will be verified for each registrant.

After completing this series, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the background of torsion design provisions in the PCI Design Handbook and be able to apply equations for torsion design contained in the PCI Design Handbook.
  • Learn the basis for the design method used in the PCI Design Handbook and be able to apply design procedures specific to ledges to avoid failure.
  • Comprehend the load transfer characteristics of dapped ends and application of design procedures specific to dapped ends with an emphasis on proper detailing for adequate performance.
  • Understand what P-M Interaction diagrams represent and the influence of different factors of compression members that affect P-M interaction diagrams.
  • Learn the background of strut-and-tie models and be able to construct strut-and-tie models and design corbels using these models.
  • Learn how to design double tee flanges under transverse bending and understand how to treat uniformly applied loads and point loads for transverse design of double tee flanges.

Technical Requirements

All courses for the PCI Online Academy will run via the software. To participate in the course, participants will need internet access.