Formwork, Shoring and Scaffolding: Materials, Economy and Design

Online /
Mar 20 - 22, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0309-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

Day 1: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)
Day 2: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)
Day 3: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply formwork analysis and design skills to concrete structures
  • Understand the safety issues related to formwork and the responsibility of designing a safe and functional formwork for concrete
  • Apply economy and safety principles and considerations in formwork design
  • Gain engineering judgment on formwork materials and their allowable stresses
  • Evaluate formwork design options for various reinforced concrete members

Designers devote significant effort to optimizing the sizes of reinforced concrete members to achieve an economical design. Formwork costs should be noticed. Yet, this cost can exceed the reinforcing steel and concrete combined. Also, formwork failure is a safety concern and frustration for project stakeholders. Designers must ensure the safety and effectiveness of formwork, and site personnel are responsible for ensuring that formwork is built as designed. Hence, knowledge of formwork design and erection is essential.

This course provides participants with state-of-the-art knowledge of formwork materials and design.

The focus will be on solving problems that allow delegates to apply principles to real-world design cases.

Course Outline

  • Economy and cost considerations of formwork
  • Formwork materials
  • The pressure of fresh concrete on formwork
  • Design of concrete formwork
  • Examples of formwork applications and design
  • Special formwork topics
  • Shoring and scaffolding
  • Serviceability and deflections

Who Should Attend
Construction, Civil and Materials Engineers • Designers • Site Engineers • Formwork Technologists and Technicians • Construction personnel • Project Coordinators and Estimators

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Methods

Economy and Cost Considerations of Formwork

  • Cost of formwork in a project
  • Structural design, loads, element size, member repletion
  • Economy in formwork design
  • Economy in formwork erection
  • Economy in formwork removal

Formwork Materials

  • Lumber and plywood
  • Steel and aluminum forms
  • Plastic forms
  • Form liners
  • Form nails
  • Timber connectors
  • Form ties and anchors

The pressure of Fresh Concrete on Formwork

  • Lateral pressure of concrete on formwork
  • Example: wall forms
  • Example: column forms
  • Effect of casting rate (form filling rate)
  • Effect of member height
  • Vertical loads on formwork
  • The special case of self-consolidating concrete

Design of Concrete Formwork

  • Design codes and provisions for formwork
  • Design of formwork for columns
  • Design of formwork for walls and columns
  • Design of formwork for slabs and beams
  • Design of formwork for bridge decks

Serviceability and Deflections in Formwork Design Shores and scaffolding

  • Deflection limits
  • Loads on formwork
  • Types of formwork
  • Rate of construction
  • Deflection calculation examples

Special Formwork Systems

  • Flying deck forms
  • Slip forms
  • Patented formwork systems
  • Top-down construction

Shoring and Scaffolding

  • Shoring and scaffolding systems and design
  • Excavation dewatering and support
  • Cofferdams and tremie concrete

Building and Erecting Formwork

  • Formwork drawings
  • Formwork safety
  • Building formwork for footings
  • Building formwork for walls
  • Building formwork for columns
  • Building formwork for slabs and beams
  • Shoring

Effective Use of Formwork

  • Placing reinforcement and inserts
  • Preparation and concreting
  • Removal of formwork and shores
  • Reshoring


Moncef L. Nehdi, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC, FACI, FCSCE, FAAIA

Professor and Chair

Moncef received his BASc from Laval University, MASc from Sherbrooke University, and PhD from the University of British Columbia, all in civil engineering. Currently professor and chair of the department of civil engineering at McMaster University, he previously was professor of civil and environmental Engineering at Western University, where he also served as associate director for Environmental Research Western. His industrial experience includes serving as technical manager for three different companies. He was licensed as a professional engineer in British Columbia in 1998 and in Ontario in 1999. He is past chair of the ACI committee 555 on recycled materials, chair of the CSCE sub-committee on cement and concrete, vice-chair of the CSCE Mechanics Division, depute chair of RILEM committee on concrete data science, and was co-chair of the Infrastructure Division of NSERC’s Discovery Grant Committee 1509. He has provided consulting services for some world landmark projects including world's tallest buildings, world’s largest airport, world’s most venerated pedestrian bridge, and world’s deepest and second largest water treatment plant.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 1.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 17 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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