Many individuals, firms, and companies are usually involved in the design of the facility to be built and in the design and construction of the formwork. The facility team typically involves structural engineers and architects who determine the requirements for the concrete structure to be built. For simplicity, the facility design team will usually be referred to as the engineer/architect, although they may be referred to separately in some situations. The form-work team may include the general contractor, formwork specialty subcontractors, formwork engineers, form manu-facturers, and form suppliers. The participating companies and firms also have form designers and skilled workers executing many detailed tasks. For simplicity, the formwork team will usually be referred to as the formwork engineer/contractor, although they may be referred to separately in some situations.
This guide is based on the premise that layout, design, and construction of formwork should be the responsibility of the formwork engineer/contractor.
This is believed to be fundamental to the achievement of safety and economy of formwork and of the required formed surface quality of the concrete. The paired values stated in inch-pound and SI units are usually not exact equivalents. Therefore, each system is to be used independently of the other