The Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors (ACEL) offered a webinar on formworks last June 25, 2021. Organized in partnership with the Construction Manpower Development Foundation (CMDF), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the technical session was held online via the Zoom platform.
Entitled “Basic Formwork Design Principles and Sample Calculation,” the three-hour webinar was conducted by Romeo I. Sevillo Jr., an engineering manager at RMD Kwikform Philippines Inc.
It attracted 104 attendees from 26 firms. Eight of these were ACEL member-companies, four were members of the Association’s chapters, while 14 were non-member firms. In addition, there were 10 participants who attended in their individual capacity. The session offered continuing professional development (CPD) points to mechanical and civil engineers who attended.
The webinar had a two-fold objective: to make the participants understand the basic formwork design and to enable them to do basic formwork calculations. In the construction industry, a “form” refers to the mold that holds the concrete in its proper place until it is strong enough to hold itself. A “formwork,” on the other hand, refers to the total system of support for freshly placed concrete.
Starting with the definitions of form and formwork, the technical session, which ran from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon, provided the attendees with formwork samples with Sevillo citing some previous projects. It then dealt with the basic formwork design, factors affecting concrete pressure, single-sided formwork design, and then ended by giving the participants a calculation overview.