Onstruction Product and Process Technologies Required to complete all four tasks set


1 The Structural Engineer for a multi-storey office building on a congested site in Bristol is proposing to use an in situ concrete frame for the project. Write a critique of the Engineeras decision in terms of:

i. speed of construction,
ii. availability of resources (materials, labour, plant and equipment), and
iii. logistics.

2 The Structural Engineer is proposing to use insitu concrete flat slabs for the floors in association with the in situ concrete frame in 1. Explain, with the aid of sketches, the extent to which the chosen floor provides:
i) the necessary sound and fire resistance, and

ii) an economic and efficient production method.

3 The design team is considering whether to leave the underside of the concrete slabs (as in 2) and the services exposed or to conceal them above a suspended ceiling. Set out the advantages and disadvantages of both options during the production stage and throughout the life of the building.

4 i) Propose and justify a falsework and formwork system for the casting of the floors to the structural frame in 1, and explain how it achieves the required degree of accuracy

ii) Identify the features of the falsework and formwork system in i) that have been included to reduce the risks to the health and safety of the operatives to an acceptable level.

Referencing Requirements:
work should be referenced and published work should be cited using the Harvard system.

Useful references

Barry, R., Advanced Construction of Buildings,
Concrete Society, Formwork: A guide to good practice.
Griffiths, A., Stephenson, P. and Watson, P. Management Systems for Construction, Longman.
Goodchild, C. H., Economic Concrete Frame Elements.
Hodgkinson, A., A J Handbook of the Building Structure.
Illingworth, J. R., Construction methods and Planning.
Manufacturersa information
Stroud-Foster, J., Structure and Fabric, Part 1.
Stroud-Foster, J. and Harington, R., Structure and Fabric, Part 2.