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Slipform Construction: The Ideal Method for Your Next Construction Project

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The construction method you choose for your project will often make a difference in the build quality and project costs. Typically, construction projects can be overwhelming and time-consuming. From the plans to getting the necessary permits, hiring equipment, contractors, and workers, choosing the materials, and watching your project come to completion, you must make informed decisions to make the project a success. Slipform construction is among the many options to consider for your next project. It entails pouring concrete into a mould that moves continuously, creating non-interrupted structures. The process is ideal for building complex or tall structures like skyscrapers, chimneys, silos, and drainage channels. It comes with many benefits, and here are some of the top reasons to consider it.

Increased Productivity

Slipform construction is a continuous process. Therefore, productivity is highly increased and construction is generally quicker compared to conventional construction methods. In addition, no other setup is necessary after the initial setup, significantly reducing time wastage. However, while this construction method comes with high productivity, precision and accuracy are crucial during the initial setup. That's because since it's a continuous process, making changes once construction has started can be tricky, so remember to plan carefully.


The safety of workers in construction sites is usually critical. For tall buildings, workers would have to rely on scaffolding and other elevated work platforms. While safety harnesses and other equipment are often required for applications involving elevated work platforms, workers are still exposed to safety risks. Slipform construction requires minimal scaffolding. What's more, the construction site tends to be less congested with equipment and workers, further enhancing its safety levels. The fewer accessories required during slipform construction can also help you save on costs.

Reduced Labour Costs

Slipform construction is highly mechanised. This eliminates the need for human labour on-site, as is often the case with conventional construction methods where workers have to pour the concrete and perform other functions. By reducing the human labour needed, you can save a significant amount of money on your labour costs.

Quality Finishing

The continuous process of slipform construction often results in a better-looking finish than traditional techniques. That is because the process is non-interrupted, and the finished product is continuous with no gaps. Therefore, you don't have to worry about cleaning up joints in the structure. Also, due to the consistency in construction, the structure tends to be of better quality and strength. 

Talk to a slipform contractor to learn more.