Consistent with PCI's education mission to provide the highest caliber education programs, PCI’s half- or full-day seminars and workshops offer an incredible value for engineers, architects and/or industry employees.


Seminars are offered on an as-needed basis and include topics such as Precast 101, the Precast Structural Design Seminar and various handbook seminars. For an up to date listing of events please browse the PCI Calendar. For more information contact



The PCI Design Handbook is the standard of the precast concrete industry for the design of precast concrete elements and systems. This course provides an overview of the contents of the handbook and a summary of the updates included in this 8th edition. Course includes structural design and other topics such as vibration, durability, acoustics, and thermal performance.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand preliminary selection of precast concrete sizes
  • Understand needs and solutions for lateral force-resisting systems
  • Understand the effects of connection design and detailing on building performance
  • Understand precast concrete tolerances and the effects of tolerances on building construction

The course will be presented in five modules:

Module 1

Preliminary members and systems

Introduction to common precast concrete structural components and systems available for lateral load resistance

Module 2


Applications, details and design of connections commonly used in precast concrete construction

Module 3

Member design and design responsibility

Details of structural design of precast concrete members and the relationships of design team members in a delegated design project.

Module 4

Tolerances, Handling, Structural Integrity and Volume Change

Many aspects of precast concrete design and construction are considerations unique in the overall concrete world. Topics in this session will focus on those considerations.

Module 5

Non-structural considerations

Durability, fire, thermal performance and building vibrations may be related to structural design but require additional thought to meet project requirements and expectations.


This course will be offered in two sessions:

Register for Session One – April 23, 30, May 2, 7, 9

Register for Session Two – June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18

All sessions will be presented at 1:00 pm EST/Noon CST/10:00 am PST


You will need to reference the PCI Design Handbook throughout the sessions. If you do not own a PCI Design Handbook you can purchase the eBook at the MEMBER RATE of $ 250.00!!

Fee Schedule

Discount Code




$ 595

PCI MEMBER with eBook


$ 845



$ 795

NON-MEMBER with eBook


$ 1,045



$ 650



$ 900

EARN 7.5 PDHs/LUs (each individual session earns 1.5 PDH credit)

** PCI Membership will be verified for each registrant




PCI workshops are offered on a periodic basis and provide a forum for members from all over the country to discuss a variety of business and production topics in a structured, non-proprietary way. Collaborations during PCI workshops have brought about new ideas and have been the catalyst for many of the innovations seen in member plants every day. Candid discussions identify areas of concern and showcase solutions for improvement others have found when encountering similar problems in the past. Current workshop topics include:

The cost of forms for architectural precast is generally 3 to 10% of the total cost of the precast. Your current methods of mold fabrication may not be the most suitable for retention. Although proven methods are the most desirable and may still suit current production, the mold shop must be constantly on the lookout for new ideas. The workshop is the quickest way to bring latest techniques and information on form materials to your production operation.

These workshops are programmed and guided by experts and designed to promote an exchange of experience from plants throughout North America that brings out solutions to problems in an effective way. Approaches to mix designs, mixing, conveying of concrete, placing and consolation, curing, stripping, storage and loading all provide new ideas and innovations.

You can never afford to think that your current methods of surface finishing are the most suitable methods for retention. Although proven methods are the most desirable and may suit current production, plants need to periodically look at techniques that will produce a uniform finish while saving time and labor. Approaches to surface finishing as well as the production process from mix designs to inspection are discussed. A plant visit and demonstrations at the plant round out the workshop, providing first hand inspection of good finishing techniques.

Directed at general managers, plant managers, plant superintendents and production managers, the primary aim of this program is to help participants apply techniques for improving productivity. Producers can identify potential bottlenecks and eliminate them through proper training or changes in process control. These sessions are among the highest rated of all workshops conducted by PCI.

Project Management is vital. Effective project management and project managers can mean the difference between making and losing money, pleasing and losing clients, and maintaining a good firm image and getting a “bad rep.” Are your project management practices better than your peers? Is your firm doing enough to keep your project managers from turning to the competition? Every project manager needs to attend this workshop to learn cutting-edge methods that help a company grow and become more profitable. Not only will they pick up ideas on management approaches but you will begin to network with their peers.

To keep pace with the rapidly changing construction industry, traditional insurance products and services are being offered in new ways. These new products and services are found increasingly in construction contracts, an integral part of the construction process and need to be reviewed with a critical eye. Too often, the subject of contractual liability (that liability which is assumed through the contract with another party) is either overlooked or not reviewed thoroughly. Administering the construction contract and the corresponding insurance requirements so as to protect your company from excessive contractual liability can be an immense task. An open forum discussion will give the participants the opportunity to share ideas for saving money and improving efficiency in the finance, accounting, and estimating functions. These workshops will provide a forum for sharing "best practice" ideas between peers.

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