AluFix – convincing ease of use
English is one of the world’s most important languages. It is considered to be very easy, and we thus encounter it regularly in everyday life, on holiday and, last but not least, in business. Metaphorically speaking, the equivalent in the world of formwork is MEVA’ s well-known hand-set formwork AluFix, which is also well-known for its ease of use.
Data & Facts
- The English College, Dubai (UAE)
- City Diamond Contracting L.L.C.
- MEVA systems
- AluFix hand-set formwork
- Engineering and support
- MEVA KHK Formwork Systems L.L.C., Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Lightweight hand-set formwork in use at the English College in Dubai
English is one of the world’s most important languages. It is considered to be very easy, and we thus encounter it regularly in everyday life, on holiday and, last but not least, in business. Metaphorically speaking, the equivalent in the world of formwork is MEVA’ s well-known hand-set formwork AluFix, which is also well-known for its ease of use. Due to its positive characteristics it is being used worldwide in various projects, for example in Dubai.
This is the home of the English College that was established in 1992 and which, along with other contractors, recently commissioned City Diamond Contracting L.L.C. with the construction of a new school building.
Quality: Made in Germany
The new building with a total of four storeys and a regular floor height of 4 meters was built using the well-known and tried-and-tested formwork system from MEVA. As the AluFix frame formwork used does not need to be assembled on the spot, as would be the case using beam formwork, customers profit from shorter rental periods and require fewer workers.
Lightweight system with plastic facing
Easy handling was the most convincing feature of the AluFix hand-set formwork. Its light weight and the ergonomic grip profile enable the formwork to be used easily without a crane. For example, the new generation of AluFix with dimensions of 1.35 x 0.9 m and equipped with the alkus all-plastic facing weighs only about 24 kg. This more or less corresponds to the weight of comparable plastic formwork. At the same time the hand-set formwork with closed aluminium profile provides a high degree of stability and durability. Its convincing high-quality cured-powder coating makes it easier to clean and reduces the concrete adhesion. Equipped with the familiar alkus all-plastic facing, it ensures top-class concrete quality even after many applications, as the facing does not absorb water. It does not swell or shrink and can be repaired using the same material. Thus, as the construction industry’s equivalent to the global language English – metaphorically speaking – AluFix is not only in widespread use throughout the world, but like English also convinces through its flexibility, ease of use and efficiency.
MEVA on the spot in Dubai
As a reliable and flexible partner for joint project planning, MEVA was also able to convince the customer, and delivered the ideal solution for complex planning requirements. During new construction at the English College, the lightweight hand-set formwork AluFix was used to form a sump pit as well as parts of the raft foundation. Planning the formwork in this area required a great deal of ingenuity on the part of the MEVA engineers. The first step was to pour an initial foundation. The plan was to then create a side shutter on the same day in order to directly continue the raft foundation at a higher level. As the concrete foundation had not yet fully set at this point of time, the single-sided stop end required had to be created without loop anchors or support frames,” explains MEVA engineer Ric Jayson Mendoza. As MEVA’s experienced formwork experts also work on-site during their projects, they are able to develop viable solutions together with the customers. “We connected a number of flange nuts to long steel struts and welded them to the lower end of the rebars. They thus act as a foundation anchor and support the formwork.”