The role of the civil engineer in a construction site is to ensure the quality of the job done. In order for this to happen, there are several aspects that the engineer must know like the back of the hand. As the client, or anyone who is looking to get a successful concreting job done, knowing these measures gives you the upper hand in reverifying the quality of the job yourself.
In this 4-step overview, the entire process is explained in the hope to acknowledge anyone and everyone in the right mixture of technicality and simplicity.
Reinforcement and formwork verification
While the concrete takes care of the compressive forces, the reinforcements take care of the hogging and sagging. You’d notice how the bottom bars of a beam are almost always heavier than the top bars. If it’s a slab, you need to ensure that the reinforcement concentration fits what’s there in the drawing,i.e., the number of bars along with the design spacing. Since concrete is poured into some sort of vessel of a framework, the spacing, the supports, and the top levels must be verifying.
Concrete ordering, inspection, and application
The mix design is the most important criterion of any concrete; it is a technical calculation indicating all the quantities and strength factors expected by the concrete. Doing this manually can be a hassle and incorrect calculation can make the concrete to be either unnecessarily expensive or structurally weak. Regardless of the nature of your structure, the wisest measure is to hire a professional northern suburbs concreting company.
Outsourcing to a reliable company ensures the quality of the concrete. If the same company offers the services that fulfill a complete concreting, you should consider employing them due to several reasons. The most important one being the placement of the concrete. If a proper placement along with vibration didn’t take place according to a pouring plan done and supervised by experienced professionals, the expected strength is not going to be there. This causes structural defects commonly termed as ‘combs’ or ‘honeycombs’ and repairing such is only advisable in a very limited range. Thus, it is unwise to employ anyone who does not know how to do a concreting job in the right way. Because there is no turning back once the pouring starts.
As soon as the concreting has stopped, the surface needs to be finished. The ideal method is to bring down a straight line of finish and end in a corner; this is the method used in any kind of slab or base concrete. While beam and column concrete requires the same, the alignment must be checked as soon as the converting has finished. In addition, necessary areas of the surface need to be washed by a high-pressure water stream 3-4 hours after the concreting has fulling completed. The purpose of this is to ensure better structural bonding with either the beam, wall, column, or any other structural component that elongates from the said area.