Event Title

Time Saved by Using Precast Concrete v. Cast-in Place Concrete on Underground Utility and Highway Construction

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

20-4-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2015 11:30 AM

Student's Major

Construction Management

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Mohamed Diab

Mentor's Email Address

mohamed.diab@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Construction Management

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

I have chosen to research this topic because I have 3 years’ experience working with cast-in place concrete. A major problem that contractors run into while using cast-in place concrete is that it needs at least seven days to cure, or in more common terms be structurally sound. In worst case scenario we could halt the project completely. By using precast concrete eliminates the curing time because it is all taken care of by the producer of the concrete members. There is no doubt that the use of precast concrete increases the efficiency, but by how much depends on a few important factors. The first is the type of project being constructed, the second is the amount of concrete being used, and thirdly the location of the project. These are the factors that I will be conducting my research with. Being that highway construction involves the public, any time saved is a benefit. I hope to find, at least with underground utility and highway construction projects that the time saved waiting for curing, outweighs the high initial cost of the precast concrete. We all have heard the saying that time is money, and with this research I want to validate this statement.

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Time Saved by Using Precast Concrete v. Cast-in Place Concrete on Underground Utility and Highway Construction

CSU Ballroom

I have chosen to research this topic because I have 3 years’ experience working with cast-in place concrete. A major problem that contractors run into while using cast-in place concrete is that it needs at least seven days to cure, or in more common terms be structurally sound. In worst case scenario we could halt the project completely. By using precast concrete eliminates the curing time because it is all taken care of by the producer of the concrete members. There is no doubt that the use of precast concrete increases the efficiency, but by how much depends on a few important factors. The first is the type of project being constructed, the second is the amount of concrete being used, and thirdly the location of the project. These are the factors that I will be conducting my research with. Being that highway construction involves the public, any time saved is a benefit. I hope to find, at least with underground utility and highway construction projects that the time saved waiting for curing, outweighs the high initial cost of the precast concrete. We all have heard the saying that time is money, and with this research I want to validate this statement.

Recommended Citation

Williams, Tyler. "Time Saved by Using Precast Concrete v. Cast-in Place Concrete on Underground Utility and Highway Construction." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/poster_session_A/44