FAQ

Installation

Who installs Octaform forms?

The project’s construction crew installs them. We supply the Finished Forming System to projects and work with buyers and their contractors to organize projects. If required, we can provide a field services representative at a daily or weekly rate to train the project contractors on the installation of the system and ensure the project meets Octaform’s quality standards.

How fast can I pour the concrete?

Octaform’s Finished Forming Systems allow concrete placement at a nominal rate of 5 vertical feet per hour. The concrete is poured in 4 foot lifts and there is a maximum of 600 lbs of pressure per square foot.

Do I have to use a special concrete mix?

We recommend a 20-32 MPa mix with a 4”-7” slump and an aggregate that does not exceed .5″ diameter for most jobs. In certain circumstances pea gravel may be used. We will work with your engineer who will provide the final specification.

Do I need any special tools?

No. General hand tools are sufficient for most projects.

Does the forming system ever “blow out”?

Blow-outs should not happen when concrete is properly poured and proper construction practices are adhered to. In the event of a blow out the sections can be emptied and a new panel installed very quickly. See our CONSTRUCTION GUIDE (Doc 13.90MB) for more details.

Do you provide technical assistance?

Yes, if required we can provide a field services representative at a daily or weekly rate to ensure the project meets Octaform’s quality standards.

How is the forming system installed?

Please consult our CONSTRUCTION GUIDE (Doc 13.90MB) for full instructions on installation.

How high can I pour concrete at one time?

While there is no limit to the finished height of a wall, concrete placement should be limited to 4 foot lifts. Concrete can be poured up to 32 feet from the top of Octaform’s systems for all structures. When working with multi-story structures, installers will form one story at a time.

How is rebar installed?

Rebar is placed as Octaform’s Finished Forming Systems are constructed. The rebar can be placed vertically throughout a system as well as slid through punch outs in the system’s connectors. Rebar should be lifted and guided into the PVC forms where possible. A unique feature of our Finished Forming Systems is the ability to raise and lower individual panels to allow structural engineers to inspect the rebar for proper size and placement at any location of the wall prior to concrete pouring.

How will Octaform support me through the construction process?

Octaform is proud of the level of support that can be provided for a project. Our dedicated team is comprised of specialized and creative industry experts that ensure Octaform provides superior solutions that create satisfied customers. A certified Octaform field services representative is available to guide the construction crew to make certain that the proper building methods are used and that the project meets Octaform’s quality standards.

Is a concrete base always required?

Yes. A thickened-edge concrete slab is required.

Can damaged panels be repaired?

Yes. Octaform provides instructions on how to repair damaged concrete forms although we take pride in our quality control standards. There are different approaches for repair depending on whether the damage is pre or post pour. Instructions can be found in our CONSTRUCTION GUIDE (Doc 13.90MB).