Look Back and Learn

by William Mullis, Sargent & Lundy, Chicago, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Transition in the Nuclear Industry


The cancellations of some nuclear power plants are being attributed in part to cost overruns due to construction-related problems. The experienced civil construction engineer involved in nuclear projects should be able to recall critical items in the civil discipline that contributed to these rising costs. This paper discusses some of the most troublesome items of civil construction, specifically soil compaction, concrete-reinforcing steel placement, masonry wall construction, structural steel erection, and shear stud installation. All of these items can have substantial impact on quality and can cause costly reverification and rework.

Subject Headings: Construction costs | Concrete construction | Structural steel | Steel construction | Soil stabilization | Compacted soils | Reinforced concrete | Compaction (material)

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