CPCI Design Manual

The CPCI 5th Edition Precast Concrete Design Manual is the ultimate publication covering the design, manufacture and installation of precast reinforced and prestressed concrete. It is an essential resource for every precast concrete project.

CPCI Design Manual 5th Edition - Now Available!

FREE PDF Version Offer: 
Click here to download the PDF of the 5th Edition Design Manual for FREE. All you need to do is fill out the form and you will be sent a link to download the latest version of our Design Manual in PDF format.
Ordering Printed Copies: 
Printed versions of the CPCI Design Manual 5th Edition are available. If you would like to order hard copies, please complete the order form and return it at your convenience. The price is $130 per copy + shipping for non-members and $65 per copy + shipping for CPCI Members and Students. To become a CPCI Member or for more information on CPCI's membership categories and benefits, please click here.

5th Edition Design Manual Errata Submission Form: 
Click here to download the 5th Edition Errata Submission Form.

5th Edition Design Manual Errata & Addenda:
5-01 - Errata to Pages 7-35 and 7.37
5-02 - Errata to Page 7-35

CPCI Design Manual Webinar Series 

CPCI is excited to launch its first ever webinar series to present each chapter of the recently released CPCI Fifth Edition Design Manual. The webinars will be presented by the Chapter Editors to CPCI members, engineers, owners/developers, designers and AEC professionals, starting May 23rd and ending on October 24th. 

Webinar Presentation Schedule

CHAPTER 1 – Methods and Materials: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm (EST)
Presenters: Robert Burak, CPCI and Dr. Paul Gauvreau, University of Toronto
Webinar Overview:
Dr. Paul Gauvreau, PhD., University of Toronto, and Editor in Chief of the Design Manual, will provide a general introduction and overview of the new CPCI Fifth Edition Design Manual. Robert Burak, President CPCI, and Editor for Chapter One will present the changes and additions to the chapter including the new history section of the manual, new information about total precast from the CPCI Structural Floor and Roof guide, and other important changes to CSA standards that affect the precast industry, such as the changes to curing for precast concrete in CSA A23.4-16 that allow stripping and exposure after 16 hours.

CHAPTER 2 – Analysis and Design of Structures: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm (EST)
Presenter: Wayne Kassian, Kassian & Dyck Associates
Webinar Overview:
During this webinar presentation, Wayne Kassian, P.Eng., Principal, Kassian Dyck & Associates, and Editor for Chapter Two will present the significant changes to  Chapter 2 of the CPCI Fifth Edition Design manual. The webinar will highlight the seismic design examples in the ‘earthquake design and analysis’ section of this chapter which have been modified to reflect the changes in the 2015 National Building Code of Canada.  

CHAPTER 3 – Design of Elements: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm (EST)
Presenter: Medhat Ghabrial
Webinar Overview:
Medhat Ghabrial, Ph.D., PE, P.Eng., FCPCI, Editor of Chapter Three, will present  the changes in the chapter related to the new edition of CSA A23.3 (2014) and the National Building Code of Canada (2015). These changes include the sections of the chapter dealing with slabs, hollowcore and both prestressed and non-prestressed beams as well as all examples dealing with shear and torsion. Dr. Ghabrial will also highlight the new example on partial prestressing that has been added to the CPCI Fifth Edition Design Manual.  

CHAPTER 4 – Design of Connections: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm (EST)
Presenter: Medhat Ghabrial
Webinar Overview:
Medhat Ghabrial, Ph.D., PE, P.Eng., FCPCI,  will present on behalf of Ken Kapusniak, P.Eng., P.E., HGS Limited and Editor of Chapter Four. Specific updates to the chapter include the cazaly hanger design example which has been extensively updated from the last edition and two new design examples that have been added; one for the baseplate and anchor bolt sizing of a column connection, and one for the strength analysis of a weld group. 

Thank you to the CPCI Design Manual Webinar Series Sponsors! 


CPCI Fifth Edition Design Manual Chapter Descriptions

The chapter on methods and materials has been updated to reflect current applications of precast prestressed concrete. It also includes a new section on the history of precast and prestressed concrete in Canada and an updated section on total precast structural solutions including the addition of sample detail drawings for parking garages, residential, educational, industrial, commercial and stadium applications.

The chapter on the design of structures has been modified to reflect changes in the National Building Code of Canada (2015), particularly the seismic design requirements which have significantly changed the design examples in the 'earthquake design and analysis' section of this chapter.

The chapter on element design has required revisions due to changes in A23.3 and NBCC 2015. Sections dealing with slabs, hollowcore and both prestressed and non-prestressed beams have been examined to include recent revisions in A23.3. A new example on partial prestressing has been added, and all examples dealing with shear and torsion have been evaluated in the context of the new A23.3 code. Fourth edition errata have been included in this edition, and design examples, graphs and figures have been updated throughout.

Design examples and calculations have been updated throughout. The example design of the cazaly hanger has been extensively updated from the last edition. Two new design examples are included; A design example for the baseplate and anchor bolt sizing of a column connection has been added; A design example for strength analysis of a weld group has also been added.

The design of architectural precast concrete has been updated to reflect current industry practices. Important new publication references include CPCI Architectural Precast Concrete Walls: Best Practice Guide (2017) and two new precast building envelope guides by RDH Building Science Inc., Maintenance and Inspection Manual for Precast Concrete Building Enclosures (2016), and Meeting and Exceeding Building Code Thermal Performance Requirements (2017).

Technical content has been updated throughout the chapter. New information on apparent sound transmission class (ASTC) has been added in accordance with the new requirements of NBCC 2015, and includes a worked design example for a hollowcore floor assembly. Additional information on building performance for precast concrete wall assemblies, particularly rain control, has also been added from the guide High Performing Precast Concrete Building Enclosures: Rain Control (2013) by RDH Building Science, Inc. The sustainable design and construction section has been updated to include the results of a cradle-to-cradle life cycle assessment (LCA) for a precast concrete commercial building.

Several new girder products have been added: NU, NEBT, trapezoidal and single void box girders. A significant change is the presentation of girder span tables; these are no longer presented in relation to strand pattern, superimposed load and camber – new span vs. girder spacing tables have been developed in accordance with the CSA S6 CHBDC. Span tables for stadium risers and precast stairs have also been added and new tables have been added for 1220 mm x 254mm and 1220 mm x 356 mm hollowcore slabs.

Several new tables have been added; New information has been added on concrete modulus of elasticity vs density of concrete. The chart on prestressing metric strand diameters has been updated to nominal values. A chart on typical bar bends was added as well as a new chart on bar area equivalents. A new chart is added on the material properties for bolts, nuts and washers. Three new charts have been added on weld symbols, welded joints in precast construction, and weld groups.

© CPCI 2013. All rights reserved.