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Kamran M. Nemati
CM 498
Seattle Campus

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Class description

The objective of the course is to familiarize the student with the materials, methods and techniques associated with temporary structures utilized in various construction operations, such as: concrete formwork construction, scaffolding, falsework/shoring, cofferdams, underpinning, diaphram/slurry walls, earth-retaining structures, and construction dewatering. A major emphasis will be placed on concrete formwork construction covering detailed design analysis of both vertical and horizontal timber formwork systems.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

The following text books will be on reserve for this course:

Hurd, M. K. Formwork for Concrete. 6th edition, American Concrete Institute, Detroit, Michigan, 1995.

Ratay, Robert T. Handbook of Temporary Structures in Construction. 2nd edition, McGraw Hill, New York, 1996.

Class assignments and grading

Homework assignments will be given at various times throughout the quarter. This work is to be turned in at the beginning of the class period due. Late homework assignments will not be accepted. Failure to hand in a homework assignment on time will result in a grade of 0 points for that particular assignment, however, all assigned homeworks must be submitted. All homeworks should be submitted with clear text and drawings done neatly using straight edge.

There will be two midterm exams and three quizzes. First midterm test will be given on Thursday, April 30th and the second one on Thursday, June 6th. The course final grade will be calculated based on the following weights: 25% for homework assignments, 15% for three quizzes, and 30% for each midterm exam. All exams will be closed book.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Kamran M. Nemati
Date: 03/14/2002