Precast is the construction process where the building components are done in reinforced concrete, and are designed and manufactured with industrial methods.
With the industrial revolution, even the building construction began to improve production processes, by using new materials and construction procedures.
Italy has played a key role in the development, growth and dissemination of this innovative technology.The first concrete structure was built in the Ancient Rome: the Pantheon.
The Architect and Engineer Pier Luigi Nervi has excellent skills in the field of statics, he experimented new precast concrete techniques, which he called ‘the most beautiful material that humanity has ever invented’: the substance becomes shape and translates in cosmic works that seem fruit of aesthetic sensibility only to those who do not understand that the perfect form is logical consequence of the application of the laws of physics and statics.
For over a century from the first applications, the continuous technological improvement has brought to:
– Wide availability of basic components
– Specialization on the production of integrated structural systems
– Possibility and flexibility in customization
– Ability to respond quickly and concretely to specific project needs
Choosing precast, as executive technology of any starting design idea, is today an entirely conscious act whose ultimate goal, for clients and designers, is the perfect coincidence of the result with the expected performances (from “Precast Concrete, Design user guide” from the Arch. Enrico Dassori, in cooperation with ASSOBETON).