What is Cast In Place Concrete
Cast in place concrete is the concrete uses that forms on site and is poured directly into those forms. The concrete can either be transported already mixed in large mixing trucks or it can be mixed on site and poured into the pre-set forms. In general, though, the concrete is trucked in. This is the solution for job sites that have limited space for storing materials for mixing concrete.
The Casting Process, Curing Time and Uses
Due to the concrete being cast on site the job team needs to plan for the casting and curing in terms to the weather conditions and other factors that may cause the concrete to not cure correctly during the entire process. The time it takes the concrete to cure and be able to support additional structures will vary depending on weather conditions and other elements. The curing time could put the entire project behind schedule if it takes too long. The job supervisor will have to put a team in place to work specifically with the concrete. Most of the concrete that is poured on site will be used for foundations, slabs, walls, floors and columns. It can also be used for creating free forming shapes, forms and other aspects. Many of the new parking garages have been constructed using this type of concrete style.
Advantages of Cast In Place Concrete
Cast-in-place concrete is durable as well as resilient to disaster and can also be composed of recycled materials. Just like all other concrete, it is able to absorb and store heat making buildings that use concrete more energy efficient. Concrete also absorbs sound, making walls made of create nearly impenetrable when it comes to sound waves.
By using cast-in-place concrete it is easier to incorporate drainage systems throughout the project. In general, cast-in-place projects are visibly more pleasing as the seams are fewer and there is an illusion of more openness and height. In parking garages, this method of building will create more light within the structures. Projects that use it can be more cost effective since local contractors can be used as subcontractors.
Cast-in-place concrete is an excellent way to be cost effective on a project. It allows engineers and site supervisors a certain flexibility when preparing the job site. They will not need to allot for space requirements for concrete mix and necessary add-ins. Since the concrete will usually be trucked in pre-mixed, all the engineer and site supervisor need to ensure is that the trucks have plenty of room to maneuver, in terms of concrete.