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Re: Cambered Slabs

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How do you figure out how much cambering will increase the cost of the slab.  Do you ask the contractor to bid it both ways, or do you not want to know.

Seems like there would be some cost for the formwork, and also a cost for the finishing.  And particularly, an increased cost for checking the elevations during finishing.  

Gail Kelley

In a message dated 4/27/2004 10:47:32 AM Eastern Daylight Time, dfisher(--nospam--at) writes:


In Chicago, we simply indicate the value (usually in the neighborhood of 3/4”-1”)
in the center of the bay on the framing plan.

He (concrete guy) slopes the formwork up to the center of the bay in each direction…

I’ve also seen slabs “double formed” i.e., flat primary forms with an additional plywood overlay
To achieve the camber…

The decks are typically surveyed within 6 hours of placement then immediately after stripping…


David L. Fisher SE PE
Fisher + partners
372 West Ontario
Chicago 60610

312.573.1726 fax

312.622.0409 mobile

From: GSKWY(--nospam--at) [mailto:GSKWY(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 7:35 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Cambered Slabs

I think a little while back there were some comments about cambering reinforced concrete slabs.

I have never actually seen this done.  How is this called out on the drawings?  What is in the specfications?

Also,  how does the contractor actually do this and how is it measured?

Gail Kelley