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Tilt Up Construction – A Primer

Hydraulic Cranes | Dec 5 / 16

Here’s a great post from one of our companies, Eagle West Crane & Rigging in BC. There’s a great video at the bottom of the page that helps explain the concrete tilt up process. If you like it please feel free to share! Read the original article here.

Tilt Up Construction: The Basics

Like any business, the construction industry has its own jargon, but you don’t have to be an expert to understand what tilt up construction means. One of the largest and most popular growing industries in the United States, the technique fast gaining pace – and taking up ground – in Canada, too.

concrete tilt up panels by hydraulic cranesFrom the ground up

Hoist them up and you’re done, right? Tilt up construction may seem straightforward, but there are still multiple, equally important stages to the process. These include:

  • Site evaluation, whereby a qualified professional will study the land and plan the construction before a single ounce of cement is poured.
  • Engineering, providing a stage for intricate planning and problem solving, step by step.
  • Footings and floor slabs, laying down the foundations of the build.
  • Panel forming, building the walls using reveal strips.
  • Reinforcing, erecting a steel grid to support the walls.
  • Embeds and inserts, allowing space for additions to the walls once they’ve been constructed, using pre-fabricated steel plates.
  • Panel erection, lifting the walls from floor to site, before securing them vertically on the structure.
  • Panel finishing, the final stages of securing the walls and ensuring health and safety compliance is met.
  • Insulated panels, making the buildings with high R ratings.

Low cost

One of the biggest draws to this form of construction is the price tag attached to it. Whether you are looking to fill 10 or 1000 square foot, there is no denying tilt up construction is cost effective and likely to help you avoid any hidden costs. Tilt up construction requires the panels to be set on the ground, horizontally or offsite. Once the panels are cured they can be hoisted into place with a mobile hydraulic crane. This makes the build process incredibly fast. The shell of a building can be erected within a 2-3 weeks timeframe. 

The benefits

The benefits of using this tilt up construction technique go beyond the building industry. It provides a solid base – literally – for a new life. Fast, secure and reliable, this form of construction is taking on for good reason.