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Professional Educational Resources

PTI offers a number of resources for both practicing professionals and for university programs geared to engineering, architecture and construction management as explained further below.

PTI is committed to providing top quality continuing education for engineers and related professionals. PTI holds approximately 50 seminars and workshops each year along with the PTI Convention. These training opportunities focus on a wide variety of post-tensioning applications. 

PTI offers Continuing Education Units (convertible to PDHs) to assist professionals in meeting local requirements for license renewal.

For additional information on PTI Professional Education opportunities, click on the links below:


Design Seminars

PTI currently offers educational seminars related to the design and construction of post-tensioned structures. The seminars are a half day or a full day in length and provide attendees with the latest PT design and construction techniques from experienced design professionals.

Reference the information below to learn more about the topics covered in each seminar, view the 2014 schedule, and register.

2014 PTI Design Seminar Schedule

Seminar Type
Date
Location
  Registration
In-Depth Design and Analysis of Post-Tensioned Building Structures  May 8, 2014
 Los Angeles, CA - The Westin Los Angeles Airport
Flyer  Online 
In-Depth Design and Analysis of Post-Tensioned Building Structures  July 28, 2014
 Houston, TX - Holiday Inn Houston West-Energy Corridor
Flyer
 Online 

2014 PTI Design Seminar Pricing


Special Request Design Seminars

Special request design seminars can be presented at your location by recognized industry experts; they provide specialized training to your employees or other groups and eliminate travel expenses. The following standard design seminars are available for the special requests. Please contact the technical director for more information and to request your seminar.


PTI Design Seminar Descriptions

Fundamentals of Post-Tensioning for Building Structures

Informational Flyer / Registration Form

A half-day seminar (4 PDH/0.4 CEU credits)

This seminar provides attendees with an understanding of post-tensioning systems, post-tensioning design and analysis, and construction considerations. Durability aspects of present PT systems, key design concepts, code requirements, and practical design and construction tips will be discussed.

This seminar is designed for individuals with little or no experience in post-tensioning design.

Highlights of the course include:

  • Post-Tensioning Technology: Materials, fabrication, installation considerations, common systems and applicable specifications.
  • Design & analysis: Key concepts such as load balancing, secondary moments, prestress losses, applicable code requirements and their impact on design.
  • Applications: Project examples to illustrate various uses of post-tensioning in buildings, tendon arrangement in common floor systems, use of external post-tensioning in the retrofit of an existing slab, facts and myths about post-tensioned as compared to reinforced concrete slabs.
  • Construction: Installation considerations, issues related to drawing review, inspection, interaction with other trades, various structural element interaction and construction/coordination issues.

Post-Tensioning Design for Building Structures

Informational Flyer / Registration Form

A half-day seminar (4 PDH/0.4 CEU credits)

This intensive seminar will review post-tensioning systems.  Focus will be on post-tensioning design and analysis, and construction considerations. Presentations will focus on design, analysis, and construction of post-tensioned buildings and will include hands-on training on the design and analysis of new post-tensioned building structures. Durability aspects of present PT systems, key design concepts, code requirements, and practical design and construction tips will also be discussed.

This seminar is designed for individuals with some experience in post-tensioning design.

Highlights of the course include:

  • Post-Tensioning Technology: Recent innovations in post-tensioning materials, fabrication, installation considerations, common systems and applicable specifications.
  • Design & analysis: Key concepts such as load balancing, secondary moments and prestress losses, applicable recent building code requirements and their impact on design, hands-on preliminary design with factors affecting the selection of structural systems, detailed analysis with techniques for modeling of one- and two-way slabs, and structural drawings and detailing.
  • Applications: Project examples to illustrate various uses of post-tensioning in buildings, tendon arrangement in common floor systems, use of external post-tensioning in the retrofit of an existing slab, facts and myths about post-tensioned as compared to reinforced concrete slabs.
  • Construction; Repair Considerations: Installation considerations, common design mistakes, issues related to drawing review, inspection, interaction with other trades, various structural element interaction, and construction/coordination issues; repairs of post-tensioned structures.

In-Depth Design and Analysis of Post-Tensioned Building Structures

Informational Flyer / Registration Form

A full-day seminar (8 PDH/0.8 CEU credits)

This comprehensive seminar was developed for engineers and designers actively involved in post-tensioning design. The in-depth seminar will include hands-on training on the design and analysis of new post-tensioned building structures and will cover the following aspects in the design of post-tensioned structures:

  • Preliminary Design: Factors that affect the selection of structural systems, key aspects and steps involved in the design of post-tensioned structures, important recent building code provisions relating to the design of post-tensioned structures.
  • Detailed Analysis: Effective techniques for modeling of one- and two- way slabs, detailed examples of common types of structural systems using hand calculations as well as commonly used software, hands-on exercises of practical situations to explain the basic concepts.
  • Detailing and Structural Drawings; Repair Considerations: Causes of restraint and ways of mitigating problems arising from restraint, common design mistakes that are seen on structural drawings and solutions to common design/construction situations; repairs of post-tensioned structures. 

Design of Post-Tensioned Slab-on-Ground Foundations

(8 PDH/0.8 CEU credits)
This comprehensive, in-depth seminar is intended for geotechnical and structural engineers and others involved in the design of post-tensioned slabs-on-ground on expansive soils. The seminar will highlight the new features and changes of the recently published PTI DC10.5-12 Standard Requirements for Design and Analysis of Shallow Post-Tensioned Concrete Foundations on Expansive Soils.

Practical guidance will be given on:

  • Evaluating climate and site conditions
  • Determining relevant soil properties
  • Predicting soil movements using the new geotechnical analysis procedure
  • Designing for the controlling criteria of moments, shear and deflection
  • Applying the new cracked section provisions
  • The seminar will heavily emphasize design practice and will present recommendations for optimizing PT slab designs. Design comparisons and examples will be presented to demonstrate these concepts and the application of the PTI Design method.
     


PTI Convention

The annual PTI Convention is an excellent opportunity for practicing professional to expand their knowledge of post-tensioning and to network with other practitioners. The Convention features two days of Technical Sessions with presentations on a wide variety of post-tensioning design and construction topics. In addition, a concurrent exhibition of industry suppliers showcases the latest in post-tensioning services and products. Convention attendees receive continuing education credits upon request. Click here for the latest information about the 2014 PTI Convention.


University Educational Resources

PTI's Education Committee has developed a prototype course curriculum that may be used as is or adapted to teach post-tensioning concepts to engineering and architecture students. The course materials include Power Point presentations.  Select the link below to download a presentation.

1.  Introduction to Post-Tensioning


5.  Continuous Members


(Please contact PTI Staff for these presentations in Power Point format)


Certification Workshops

PTI offers of a number of certification and training programs in which professionals can enhance their knowledge of bonded and unbonded post-tensioning field installation, inspection, and construction. Attendees can also take advantage of this training to advance their professional development. PTI issues continuing education credits ranging from 1.2 to 1.8 CEUs depending on the course length. Visit PTIís Certification page for more information about these training opportunities.

Click here to renew your PTI Field Personnel Certification.

 

 

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