The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 94 (2016) > Issue 11 > Temporary Works Toolkit. Part 3: Integration of permanent and temporary works
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Temporary Works Toolkit. Part 3: Integration of permanent and temporary works

Temporary works is waste. There, I said it. As a practising temporary works designer, this is an awkward truth. Temporary works are essential to the construction process, but at the end of the day they will be removed and there will be nothing to show for them. Therefore, anything that can be done to eliminate or simplify temporary works has to be a good thing.

Temporary works can also be costly. Focusing on the simplest looking permanent works scheme might not produce the cheapest scheme overall once the cost of the temporary works has been taken into account.

The permanent works designer (PWD) has a major influence on the temporary works and can, for example:
• eliminate temporary works, e.g. through the use of steel decking rather than timber falsework
• minimise the use of temporary works, e.g. by using the permanent capping beam as a waling in basement construction
• design the permanent works so that simple temporary works solutions can be used

This article will look at three examples in more detail, including of permanent works in the temporary condition; in each case, references for further reading are given.

Author(s): P. Markham (RNP Associates Limited)