Contractor: Jos. Ertl GmbH, Hörsching, Austria
MEVA Systems: Slab system MevaDec, MD props, MD prop head
Formwork engineering: MEVA Formwork Systems, Pfaffstätten, Austria
Normally, supervisor Werner Lesterl is a fervent supporter of the drop-head-beam-and-panel method where the panels slide into primary beams. On this large residential project, his employer, contractor Jos. Ertl of Hörschin, Austria, sent him off to try the panel method for the first time. Werner has become a fan of it.
This large 3-level residential development close to Linz in Austria with its regular, repetitive slab layouts prompted MEVA formwork engineers to suggest the panel method as a cost-effective and very fast solution. The panels are directly supported by the prop heads, no beams are needed. This offers many advantages whenever early stripping brings no benefit to work flow or scheduling. One of them is exceptional speed in assembly with just two system components: panels and props with pre-assembled prop heads. Only two workers are needed for assembly and stripping even for large slab areas as in this case. Crane time is not required. Since the set up is fool-proof and thus virtually error-free, this adds to site safety.
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