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Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Corner Fig. 7: Proper Steeltex forming allows the shotcrete crew to focus on their placement and finish details possibly lead to catastrophic failures during the shotcreting and the magnitude of forces that shooting. Steeltex in itself is not bad; it simply come into play, it leads to a realization of the needs to be supported with appropriate amounts vital role that forming has in the success of the of stakes, ribbing, or other forming materials process and encourages appropriate techniques. (Fig. 6 and 7). Many times, forms must hold up to extended weather and occasionally even over the winter. On complex or large pools, there may be weeks James Scott is a third-gener- and months between forming and shotcreting, ation Watershape Designer as plumbing and reinforcing steel placement and Builder who has worked take place, as well as the coordination of other in the swimming pool and work going on around the pool. In highly regu- landscape industries for 39 lated areas, pre-shotcrete inspection schedules years. He received his BS in and building department requirements can add business and accounting from a great deal of time. Forms get rained on, Southern Methodist Univer- knocked around by other trades on the job, and sity, Dallas, TX. Through Group Works LLC, get snowed upon. We’ve even had to disas- Scott has aligned himself with Genesis 3 and semble portions of tall forms on a negative-edge other organizations that focus on continuing pool when high winds were forecast. So, pro- education and increasingly higher standards in jected timing, exposure to the elements, and the watershape industry. He is a Platinum job-site activity must also come into play when Member of Genesis 3 and a certified member choosing materials. of the Society of Watershape Designers. Scott To my way of thinking, gaining knowledge is also an APSP-Certified Professional Builder and a technical understanding of the shotcrete and an ASA member and has trained with the process is the best way to determine and under- Portland Cement Association. Scott and Group stand the needs of the forming phase. As you Works LLC have been featured in regional and come to understand what’s happening during national publications. Shotcrete • Fall 2013 59


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