Temporary Structures in Construction Operations

by Robert T. Ratay, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Chmn.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Pratt Inst., Brooklyn, NY 11205,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-592-1 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-592-3 (ISBN-10), 1987, Soft Cover, Pg. 154

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Conference information: A Session of ASCE Convention | Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States | April 29, 1987

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


Temporary works have a primary influence on the quality, safety, speed and profitability of all construction projects. They provide access, support and protection of a facility under construction. Most construction disasters occur as the result of the failure of temporary structures. Building codes and standards are largely silent on the subject and the technical literature is scant. The thirteen papers in this volume deal with an overview of the present practices, legal aspects, codes and standards, design philosophies, contractors' worries, risks, safety and economy in general and problems with certain temporary structures in particular. Temporary earth retaining structures, concrete formwork, shoring and reshoring, scaffolding, construction ramps and platforms and temporary works for asbestos removal are discussed in some detail. British and German practices and standards are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Temporary structures | Construction management | Structural safety | Retaining structures | Building codes | Occupational safety | Profits | Failure analysis


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