Moving your concrete structure from design to construction means that you should conduct a pre-construction virtual constructability review. Doing so can help you assess which construction methods can yield you competitive advantages on the cost, time and quality constraints.
Such situations that need your technical and financial evaluation revolve around construction site logistics, method statements and intrinsic material specifications where our experienced civil engineers explain them in clear details below:
When you employ concrete structure design for your building project, you can choose any of the three logistical methods: ready-mix trucks, concrete batch plants or on-site mixing. Ready mix-trucks often set standardized cement mixtures imposing efficient results as one of its pros, but cons include logistical challenges on projects with cost, quality and time-sensitive constraints especially if you have a remote site location.
Concrete batch plants operate from the same function as ready-mix trucks, but without the worry of logistical measures such as mixing, transport, delivery and handling—rendering them suitable for your mid-scale to large-scale complex construction projects where value-engineering is a priority item. On the other hand, small-scale residential and commercial projects can utilize on-site mixing using concrete mixers to redirect costs from logistics to labor. However, quality control comes at a cost in the form of unreliable measurement, inaccurate cement-water ratio and insufficient concrete moisture levels.
You have two options when it comes to your concrete structure design: choose the traditional route of cast-in-place or go modern with prefabrication. Cast-in-place concrete can be cheaper in construction costs, but this method can eat up much of your fast-track project timeline as opposed to the efficient prefabrication, although this methodology comes at a higher price inversely.
Utilizing concrete structure design for your building project means you need to take reference from the international and local building codes for structural compliance, as each building occupancy has its own specific material specifications on the cement mixtures. Take for instance, structural dams which are in need of more intensive structural capacity garner higher concentration on cement mixtures as opposed to the medium-scale concrete requirements of residential structures down to the lax concrete plant boxes.