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Tilt-Up Construction: What Makes It So Appealing?
Almost 100 years ago, an architect in California created something that would utterly revolutionise the construction industry. Instead of creating a wall by pouring concrete directly into upright formwork, he devised a method of forming the wall on the ground and then tilting it up into place via a crane.
Tilt-up construction has since become a favourite method for architects to create commercial buildings quickly and economically, as well as delving into intricate and complex designs. It comes with a lot of advantages so today we’ll explore the pros and cons of this fascinating process.
The Advantages of Tilt Panel Construction
Everything moves at a more streamlined, compact pace. Tilt-up panels are created on-site by workers who then continue on to other tasks while the pour sets. Transport delays are minimised. When panels are ready, a crane efficiently lifts them into place. Meanwhile, other trades will have started their fit-out earlier than they would on traditional construction.
Tilt construction in Perth has reduced reliance on manufactured parts, increased use of unskilled labour and saves on the number of labourers needed. Throw in little to no scaffolding work and the risk of costly workplace accidents is also reduced.
Early tilt-up buildings created in the U.S. in the 1940s are still presenting well today with minimal signs of wear. Add to this that concrete withstands extreme storms well and requires almost no ongoing maintenance and it all paints a very positive picture for the future of tilt construction in Perth.
Safe and Spacious
Concrete is resistant to fire, making tilt-up panels a reliable barrier between precious people and personal effects. They’re also a space-saver thanks to the load-bearing walls dispensing with the need for perimeter columns.
Are there any drawbacks to Tilt-up Construction?
Efficient construction with tilt-up panels is only smooth when you put the detailed planning in at the start. Early coordination of teams means fewer delays. And beware design changes – once the panels have been constructed, variations will always be a costly process.
Limited site size
The beauty of tilt construction in Perth is that the panels are made on-site. This requires a flat preparation area. If your site lacks this, then the panels can be made elsewhere but this will involve transportation costs or stacking.
Unskilled but trained Labour
While unskilled labour can be used, even they must meet minimum tilt-up requirements. Make sure everyone on the team holds the Identify Requirements for Safe Tilt-Up Work from Australian Training Management.
Why Use Australian Training Management For Tilt-Up Construction Training?
Australian Training Management is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) who after 30 years, has become the proven construction industry specialist in Perth and Western Australia for delivering high-quality training programs, especially for the civil and building construction, plant operations, mining, aviation and transport and logistics industries, to name a few.
To work on any construction site where tilt-up work is being carried out, and if you are to be involved in the delivery, movement or erection of a concrete panel; then legislation mandates that you MUST hold the CPCCCM1016 Identify Requirements for safe Tilt-Up Work competency.
Our 1-day Identify Requirements for Safe Tilt-Up Work is essential for gaining the basic understanding of hazard identification, job requirements, safety equipment, WHS standards, legislative requirements and codes of practice related to tilt-up construction work.
Our 1-day Supervise Tilt-Up Work course is designed for Site Supervisors, Project Managers / Engineers or senior construction industry professionals who have a responsibility for supervising the erection of concrete panels on-site. The course provides participants with the required knowledge and skill to equip them to safely supervise work in tilt-up construction, providing a blend of meaningful theoretical instruction with practical training based on simulated tilt-up construction situations and practical application on site of safe tilt-up construction procedures.
To complete the Supervisor post-course practical activities, candidates must be able to demonstrate competence by supervising the erection of at least one 10 tonne panel on their own site AND have a logbook signed off by Site Supervisor and Engineer within 6 months of course completion.
Tilt-up construction is the most common method of building assembly currently. To put your hand up as part of tilt construction in Perth, start with Australian Training Management. A new course is available now so please check it out online and enrol now.
Contact us now on 08 9274 1277 to discuss all of your training requirements, or email us now on email@example.com to book your next course with Western Australia’s best training provider.