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 is proud to introduce PCI’s Online Academy, a continuing education series for engineering professionals and students. Each 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. Courses are offered via an online delivery system, allowing courses to be taken from anywhere in the world!

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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 II – Precast Concrete Mix Design

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Length: Two Sessions (3 hours each)
PDHs Earned: 6
Course Dates: July 27-28, 2022
Instructor: Paul Ramsburg

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This course is specific to needs of the Precast / Prestressed Concrete industry. Good control of concrete mix design is crucial to producing quality precast structures. It is important for precast industry professionals, production facility technical personnel, design consultants, and department of transportation materials departments to have an understanding of concrete mix design. This course is intended to train someone with a basic understanding of concrete so that they can create a concrete mix design or evaluate the suitability of a mix for specific applications. This two part series will explore the mathematics and chemistry behind creating an absolute volume mix design, and how the proper raw materials, sequencing, and production processes can yield high quality concrete consistently. Also, we will troubleshoot common mistakes in typical precast mix designs and how to avoid them, as well as adjust concrete mixes to compensate for negative external influences.

After completing this series, participants should be able to: 

  • Select raw materials suitable for a specific application
  • Complete the mathematics to proportion a basic absolute volume mix design, as per ACI 211
  • Design both structural and architectural mixes
  • Design and adjust Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC) mixes
  • Evaluate a mix using statistical analysis
  • Troubleshoot plastic and hardened concrete issues

Classes will be held on July 27th and 28th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Central Time.  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.


The prices for the PCI Online Academy are listed below. To take advantage of one of the discounts, please use the listed discount code when registering. Please note that use of a discount code is subject to PCI review. PCI membership status will be verified for each registrant.

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Paul Ramsburg LPCI, L3, has 30 years’ experience in the Precast / Prestressed Concrete industry. Paul is a member of PCI's Quality Assurance Council and chairs the PCI Quality Enhancement Committee. He is a PCI Fellow and a recipient of PCI’s T. Henry Clark Award. He is currently a District Manager for Sika Admixtures.

Technical Requirements

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