Classification of formwork based on its structural components
Continuing with this short series of articles to understand what formwork is all about, we present the last part of this series where we will talk about the classification of formwork based on its structural components.
In addition to being classified by materials, formwork can also be classified according to the construction elements that they support:
- Wall formwork
- Beam formwork
- Foundation formwork
- Column formwork
All types of formwork are designed based on the structure they support, and the necessary materials and thicknesses are specified in the corresponding construction plans. It is important to note that the construction of formwork takes time and can represent between 20 and 25% of the structural costs.
To mitigate the cost of formwork, we always consider the following:
- Construction plans should reuse construction elements and geometries as much as possible to allow for formwork reuse.
- When working with wooden forms, it should be cut into pieces that are large enough to be reused.
- Concrete structures vary in design and purpose. As with most project decisions, no one option is better than the rest for all applications; The most suitable formwork for your project varies depending on the design of the building.
Formwork is an art, we truly believe it, and that is why we are always improving and working to innovate and offer a better service to all our clients.