Advantages Of Precast Concrete Construction In Civil Applications

Posted on: 20 October 2016

Precast concrete construction is an innovative way to put up structures without following traditional from-the-ground-up methods. Apart from constructing residential houses and commercial buildings, precast concrete can also be used for civil projects such as bridges, dams, culverts, kerbs, and so forth. Below, discover the different advantages such civil applications of precast concrete have.

Quick build turnaround

Precast concrete construction allows civil construction projects to be completed within a very short period of time thus causing minimal public interruption. This is because all the needed panels can be constructed ahead of time. Once the build starts, all that is needed is for the panels to be delivered on site and installed. There's no concrete pouring or curing needed and the build does not have to be carried out in stages.

Lower labour needs

With precast concrete construction, all the building parts are prepared at an off-site factory. Once delivered on site, the heavy lifting is done by machines and only a handful of precast specialists are needed to join the pieces together. Labour needs are therefore at a minimum. Issues to do with sourcing labour, hiring, HR management or staff supervision are almost unheard of.

Lower building costs

Precast civil constructions are cheaper too. This is partly as a result of lower labour needs. Fewer labourers on the job means lower expenses. That is then compounded by the fact that a precast construction takes just a fraction of what a traditional build takes. This slashes the overall labour costs as well as the cost of machinery, thereby saving valuable public fund that can be redirected elsewhere.  

Minimal disruption to site

Precast constructions also drastically reduce the disruption caused on the build site. This is because the concrete panels are prepared elsewhere and just brought in for installation. There is less noise, less construction, less littering, and less interference on the build site. This goes a long way where civil projects are concerned because it means the work crew will arrive and finish their job very fast before leaving. The public won't be inconvenienced much.

No need for large construction space

Last but not least, precast constructions do not require much space at all. With traditional builds, lots of space is needed, especially with civil projects. And the more space is needed, the more disruptive the work is. Roads, paths or some other crucial infrastructure may have to be closed off. But with precast construction, this is not necessary. The only space needed is for the actual build and offloading of the concrete panels.