As construction techniques become more sophisticated and the requirements of contract programmes become more demanding, nonconformities - that is, elements and materials that do not conform to the specification - and the problems that they create are becoming increasingly commonplace and difficult to resolve. If such problems are not considered until they arise, delays and costs can escalate alarmingly. Remedying defects in concrete construction in the UK is extremely expensive and can lead to unproductive confrontation between the parties involved. The aim of this book is to help those involved in the construction process to arrive as quickly as possible at pragmatic, cost-effective solutions that are acceptable to all the parties concerned - ie to achieve the win-win situations advocated in the Latham report. Based on research initiated by CIRIA and the Concrete Society, this book encourages practical application of a spirit of mutually beneficial problem-solving. It will be of particular interest to designers, specifiers, constructors and supervisors involved in concrete construction, along with mediators and conciliators.
Number of pages: 124
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