Efficient & environmentally-friendly aluminum formwork from ITS’ Frist Team

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(left to right) the Frict Team members: Friska Ervanda, Amaluddin Fajar, and Risnandha Hermawati. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Surabaya – In building infrastructure, an effective strategy is needed to support productivity and time efficiency during project implementation. Frict, a student team from the Department of Civil Infrastructure Engineering, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), Surabaya, presents a construction strategy using an aluminum formwork system, a design which won second place in the 5th Construction Management Competition held by Malang State University on Civil Days 2020. 

Amaluddin Fajar, Risnandha Hermawati and Friska Ervanda use aluminum as formwork which can speed up work and save costs. Fajar, Amaluddin Fajar’s nickname, said that the formwork is in the form of a puzzle module and is an all-in-one system. The term “all-in-one system” means that the formwork is directly installed into a single unit in structural items, starting from beams, plates, columns, and shearwalls. 

“This factor does not impede project progress, so there is no wasted time or additional project overhead costs,” said the 2017 student in a release received by the Independent Observer, Thursday (19/11/2020). 

Formwork is more effective for the construction of tall buildings with typical floors where there are no significant structural differences for each floor. The formwork of a casting can be dismantled and it can be reused for casting the floor above it. This strategy is suitable for the construction of an apartment. 

The formwork is considered to have a very good effect because of the quality it enables, starting from the consistent joints between the panels, the neat head column, and the smoothness of the results, so that it can speed up the finishing process. The formwork is guaranteed to be precise because it consists of panels that cannot be installed if there is an installation error in the field. 

This type of formwork can be recycled and used from 150 to 200 times, so it is more environmentally- friendly because it doesn’t leave as much waste as conventional wood formwork. “We also maximize this strategy using technology such as Microsoft Project and Building Information Modeling (BIM),” said the young man, who was born in 1999. 

Microsoft Project is used to manage the development project work schedule, while BIM serves to display a simulation of structural design results, assist in project analysis and documentation, making projects more efficient, accurate, and competitive. 

In the future, the Frict team hopes to implement these innovations in building construction projects, when they enter the workforce. (est)