Formwork must be so designed and constructed that they can be removed in parts or as planned in the desired sequence without damaging the surface of concrete or disturbing other sections or causing collapse of the formwork systems.
The connections joining various components of the formwork should be capable of being easily removed while formwork stripping.
2. Ease of inspection:
Once your formwork is ready, next step is to inspect it. Normally once formwork is ready site supervisor call site engineer to do the inspection of formwork.
Therefore, the formwork system should have adequate and safe access to all areas for easy inspection.
3. Shape and size:
The formwork shall be erected such that the shape and dimensions of the concrete structures are conforming to the drawings, the specifications and tolerances.
Chamfers, beveled edges if specified, should be provided in the forms.
For example if you are planning to construct a curved wall, then you need to use a shuttering material that can be bent to required curvature.
The formwork should be hard enough so as to not to get damaged due to operations of reinforcement fixing, pouring and vibrating of concrete and removal of forms.
Also sheathing materials used in formwork must be able to give required finish to concrete structure.
5. Reuse and number of repetitions:
The formwork must be designed and planned to permit maximum reuses/repetitions to reduce the cost of concrete and the work.
If Plywood is used as sheathing/shuttering material, then it should be used properly so as to give higher repetitions.