The ability to participate in a process firsthand creates a level of appreciation that is difficult to achieve through passive learning alone. Recently, the upper-level architecture students at LSU had the pleasure of a hands-on workshop led by industry professional Layne Chastain from US Formliiner.
All PCI plants are certified in one or more of the following categories. Through two unannounced annual audits, PCI plants maintain their certification. PCI plant certification categories are currently undergoing changes to further define the complexity of each type of certification.
The recipe for a PCI certified precast concrete manufacturing plant involves a complex list of ingredients. Being granted the “PCI certified” seal of approval is not something that occurs by simply paying a fee or joining an association.
One of the most productive ways to keep a precast plant organized is through the implementation of Lean manufacturing methods. The core concept of Lean manufacturing is to reduce waste from the manufacturing process and improve efficiency by utilizing the input of pant personnel to provide input into possible improvements.
Employee turnover is one of those expected and unavoidable facets of running a business. Although it’s experienced by most companies with some regularity, if you find you’re consistently “on the hunt” for new employees, you need to take a serious look at what’s causing the rotating door at your workplace.
General contractors often have the ability to influence owners/financiers to choose particular building products when tasked with a new construction project. From the contractor’s point of view, delivering a quality project, under budget and on time is paramount to customer satisfaction. That’s a mighty big order that becomes more achievable with the use of precast concrete components and/or systems.
As practical, versatile and cost effective as concrete is, it suffers from one not so appealing characteristic. Concrete requires the use of cement and cement production is a huge producer of carbon dioxide.
The construction and demolition industries are making impressive strides toward combating the excessive amount of debris being deposited into landfills. Currently, at least 25% of all solid waste finding its way to landfills comes in the form of construction/demolition waste with concrete debris comprising 70% of that amount.
Every industry evolves with the creative genius of its leaders. Often times, a recurring problem or difficult situation forces management to look for a better way. Such is the case in the precast concrete industry.
Time is money. When you are talking about a big bridge project, a big timeline or extended construction schedule equates to big money. With the increasing amount of crumbling infrastructure scattered across the US, innovative solutions such as Accelerated Bridge Construction (commonly known as ABC) began to be used more by contractors building bridges.
For every product manufactured, there are appropriate and responsible applications where they really shine. Pushing the limits past intended purposes for the sake of saving money and/or time isn’t wise and can be potentially dangerous. Such is the case with the proposed use of timber and timber-related products to construct tall buildings up to heights of 18 floors.
PCI Gulf South's mission is to grow the precast/prestressed concrete industry within the Gulf South Region and increase awareness of the advantages of precast products to design and construction professionals.