Cost savings and faster completion of a project are two advantages to precast concrete, according to this article, but it remains "under-utilized" in the Middle East. However, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute might change that. It's creating an alliance with the precast association in the United Arab Emirates. "To support PCI certification on a larger scale, while maintaining PCI's strict quality standards, we decided that the best approach would be to have a regional organization, closely affiliated with PCI, that would facilitate exchange of technical and operational knowledge and serve as a regional base for certification activities," said the group's president James Toscas.

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