Formwork, shuttering, etc are important terms in construction. We often get confused between them. This article will demonstrate the difference between formwork, shuttering, centering, scaffolding And staging.
Scaffolding is a temporary framework having platforms at different levels of a structure that enables the masons/labor for working at the height. They are usually used for activities such as plastering, painting, brickwork at heights, etc. There are various types of scaffolding:
- Brick Layer / Single Scaffolding.
- Mason’s Or Double Scaffolding.
- Steel Scaffolding.
- Needle Or Cantilever Scaffolding.
- Bamboo/Wooden Scaffold
- Suspended Scaffolding.
Formwork is a temporary structure used as a mold in which fresh concrete are poured to cast the members of the structure at the site. It is also known as falsework or shuttering. In the context of concrete construction, the falsework supports the shuttering molds for example column sides, beam sides, slab side, wall side etc.
So, By their definitions, scaffolds are for supporting labor and materials and act as working platforms. Formwork (Shuttering) acts as molds for pouring concrete.
Part of the formwork which supports the horizontal surface is called centering for example slab bottom, beam bottom etc.
That portion which supports centering & shuttering is called Staging. This can be:
- Wooden Ballies
- H frames
- Space frames using Coupler / Cup-Lock system