Design and Engineering

Architects design a building or structure with specific materials for a specific appearance and functionality.  Our design staff works with the architects and contractors to determine how best to make the precast concrete components so they can be manufactured, shipped and installed on the building correctly.  Stonecast’s design and engineering team ensures the components are structurally sound and are manufactured following American Concrete Institute (ACI) AND Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) standards. Our engineering team utilizes PCI, ACI, ASTM and other essential industry engineering standards which are critical to the precast industry.

Stonecast uses the latest technical tools to translate architectural and structural drawings into precast concrete components modeling.  Project Managers and Detailers at Stonecast utilize AutoCAD and Tekla, a 3-Dimensional software that is specifically configured for precast concrete design, resulting in drawing accuracy and efficiencies not seen in 2-dimensional CAD.  Tekla works easily with other industry leading software such as Rev-it, Solid Works, AutoCAD, and others.  Contractors or construction managers utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) software enjoy working with Stonecast’s 3-D design capability.  When questions arise from an architect, contractor or engineer, our Tekla drawing capability can show the “inside and outside” of the building, in layers, showing precast details such as dimensions, detailed connections, window and door openings, electrical or plumbing allowances.  Questions can be easily reviewed and a decision can be made quickly if an alteration is necessary. 

The Tekla 3-D drawings below shows the precast panels and components of a customer’s building located in Iowa, one for the full elevation view and one in more detailed 3-D view.  


3d modeling 3d modeling 2


Working in Tekla, Stonecast’s design team provided added value to our customers.  Shop drawings are color coded to provide connection detail and clarity.  Project embedded and loose hardware quantities are identified and listed on each drawing sheet.  A piece listing is provided on each drawing and for the entire job.  This enhanced information provides Stonecast customers with valuable knowledge that is used by their office and field crews during installation.  Clarity on drawings results in time savings during the review process and in the field because crews no longer need to spend time searching for correct information or the piece location during installation. 

Examples of a piece list and hardware schedule are shown below.

piece list


Connection Hardware Details