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|Title: ||To SCC or not to SCC? UK contractors’ views|
|Authors: ||Rich, David|
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
Goodier, Chris I.
|Keywords: ||Self-compacting concrete|
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||© The authors|
|Citation: ||RICH, D. ... et al, 2010. To SCC or not to SCC? UK contractors’ views. Presented at SCC 2010, the 6th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete and the 4th North American Conference on the Design and Use of SCC|
|Abstract: ||Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC) is a construction material that has yet to be fully exploited within the UK
construction industry. Whilst SCC has been utilised by a large number of contractors, its overall take-up does
not appear to reflect that seen in other European and International markets. Benefits to contractors have been
identified in many publications but the material still remains underused in the UK. As such, it is necessary to
establish the reasons for the material’s current status in the UK market and the potential for future market
This paper presents the findings from an extensive programme of interviews with UK contractors (48
participants), ranging from large multi-nationals to small/medium regional contractors, which aimed to
investigate the issues surrounding the use of SCC in the UK and to help obtain an understanding of the role that
SCC plays within contracting organisations. Previous and current perceptions of the material are discussed
along with the drivers and processes for material selection and how these are influenced by the structure of the
individual organisations and the wider industry.
This interview study has identified a number of conclusions with regard to SCC and its position and role in the
industry. It has been made clear that SCC is currently viewed as a material which has a detrimental effect in
considering the materials subsequent effect on the whole construction project, which can add subsequent value.
It is the concept of value that is difficult to encourage due to the industries current and hereditary obsession with
|Description: ||This is a conference paper.|
|Version: ||Submitted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers and Presentations (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)|
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