The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 75 (1997) > Issues > Issue 17 > How Can We Get the Cover We Need?
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How Can We Get the Cover We Need?

An investigation into the specification and achievement of cover to reinforcement on 25 construction sites is reported. It was that the specified cover was not achieved at a significant number of locations on each site. The reasons for this were found to include a complex of factors such as poor workmanship, unbuildable designs and detailing, poor communication, and of coordination. In turn, such factors were traced to contractual terms and conditions and a harsh economic climate which do foster collaboration. The implications of these findings are discussed. Professor L.A. Clark, M.G.K. Shammas-Toma, D.E. Seymour, P.F. Pallett and B.K. Marsh