Online Academy: Precast Concrete Connections Design

Connections are fundamental to all buildings and construction no matter what material is used. The purpose of a connection is to transfer loads, restrain movement, and/or to provide stability to a component or an entire structure. As such, the design of connections is one of the most important aspects in the design and engineering of precast concrete structures. This class will cover the variety of design and performance criteria connections are required to meet, including strength, ductility, volume change accommodation, durability, fire resistance, constructability, tolerances, and seismic requirements. Typical precast concrete connection details will be reviewed and discussed in detail.


 After completing this series, participants should:

  • Be familiar with the design codes, standards, and available resources for designing precast connections.
  • Be able to interpret weld symbols and select them appropriately for weld design, design commonly used welds using equations and design aids, and design a group weld using the Elastic Vector Method.
  • Be familiar with the devices used for anchorage to concrete and be able to use the methods shown in the PCI Design Handbook for determining the design strength of a single or a group of headed anchor studs in shear, tension, and combined loading, and be familiar with the contents of Chapter 17 of ACI 318-14.
  • Be familiar with common connections used with double tees, be able to design a double tee connection (plates, welds, bars, and headed stud anchor groups), be able to identify the loads resisted by double tee floor systems and be aware of design requirements for double tee diaphragm connections in moderate to high seismic regions.
  • Be familiar with common precast wall panel connection details and be able to design a wall panel hold-down welded connections, wall panel hold-down grouted connections, wall-to-wall shear connections, and weld-on steel corbels.
  • Be familiar with common connections used for precast concrete beams and spandrels and be able to identify different types of bearing pads, design and detail hanger connections, and understand the different types of moment resisting frame connections.
  • Be familiar with common precast connections used for columns, including column base plate connections and structural steel corbels.
  • Be able to identify common connections and different types of post-installed bolts and straps used for hollow core slabs.

Classes will be held on October 1, 8, 15, 29; November 12 and end on the 19th
 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm CT.  Each class will be hosted online allowing you to access the content from the comfort of your home, office, hotel room, or anyplace with an internet connection!  Recordings of each class will be made available to all registered attendees in case of absence or if you'd like to review the content. 

Technical Requirements

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

IMPORTANT: You will receive an email from within 24 hours. This email contains the link you will need to join the online training session. If you don’t receive it, please be sure to check your spam folder and contact immediately so we can provide the link for you.

Academy Presenter

The presenter for this Academy is Timothy Cullen, PE. Timothy is the Director of Technical Activities at PCI, a position he has held since 2022.  In his role at PCI, Tim is responsible for the program and project management of PCI technical activities relating to the development and dissemination of the existing PCI body of knowledge.  Tim is also an active member of several technical committees of other organizations, including ACI, ASCE, and BSSC.

Prior to joining PCI, Tim had over fourteen years of experience in the design, detailing, construction, maintenance, and renovation of precast concrete structures.  He has worked on the structural design of a wide variety of structures, including parking structures, bridges, food processing plants, dormitories, data centers, and architectural cladding for multi-story buildings.  Tim attended Lehigh University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering.  Tim is a licensed professional engineer in fourteen states and the District of Columbia.

10/1/2024 5:00 PM - 11/19/2024 6:30 PM
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