What is the significance of formwork?
Formwork is basically the mould that is used until the concrete is ‘formed’. It is where the name comes from as it creates the form or basic structure. Formwork has many benefits and applications. It allows the rapid development of concrete structures. It increases worker safety. It increases the speed of project completion, which also means it reduces overall costs dramatically. The quality of formwork will also affect the surface finish of the concrete, and this has to be considered.
What are the different kinds of formwork?
There are 3 primary kinds of formwork. The first is engineered formwork, for use in industrial construction. These are essentially giant sheets of steel or aluminium and can be reused hundreds of times. Timber formwork is the most common, perfect for small and medium-sized residential and commercial projects. Concrete formwork is also becoming more common, where solid concrete is used to hold the wet concrete until it hardens.
What is the difference between falsework and formwork?
Falsework includes scaffolding and any other type of temporary structure that is used by workers until the permanent structure is up and running. Falsework is more than just scaffolding. It refers to all the equipment and even the people required to sustain a development until it is self-supporting. Formwork and falsework equipment may have to be purchased from a reliable third-party due to the hazards and risks of construction. Talk to a professional to find out more about what your legal requirements are. As a heads up - you have a lot of regulations to adhere to in terms of formwork and falsework.
What is the difference between scaffolding and formwork?
There is no relationship between scaffolding and formwork. Scaffolding is a temporary structure that allows workers to work in the building. Formwork is a mould used to hold concrete. However, formwork does have a tight relationship to something known as ‘shuttering’. This is the temporary mould used to hold the wet concrete. The terms shuttering and formwork are often used interchangeably.
What are the rules surrounding formwork?
According to Safe Work Australia, formwork should be ‘rigid, watertight, braced and tied together to maintain position and shape during construction.’ It should also be able to be removed easily and safely without damaging the formed concrete, or have components that remain as part of the finished structure so the rest can be removed without damaging the structure’. All of this is common sense. Formwork should serve its purpose of letting the concrete harden, where it can then be safely removed without causing damage to the concrete itself.
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