Inspection checklists for pouring concrete

Inspection checklists for pouring concrete

All construction projects should be inspected at least once a day. This will ensure that the quality of the structure is up to standards and that the work is being done properly. An inspection is especially important when pouring concrete. There are a number of checks that should be performed to record the process and make sure that quality control measures are followed.

The inspection of concrete can be performed in three stages; pre-placement, during placement and post-placement. It will be beneficial to the contractor and the client if these steps are recorded and supervised. This will minimise any discrepancies during billing and the completion of work.

The following inspection checklists can be used to measure the volume of concrete used and to ensure that everything is in order before, during and after pouring concrete.

Concrete pre-placement inspection checklist

1 Centre line As per drawing
2 Formwork and staging As per drawing & in
exact plum
3 Construction joint location* As per drawing
4 Steel reinforcement diameter or
spacing and coating*
As per drawing
5 Cover to the reinforcement and
As per drawing
6 Shuttering Aligned as per drawing
and in plumb
7 RLs and reference levels As per drawing
8 Embedment part check (i.e.
insert plates, nipple etc.)
As per drawing
9 Placement of water stoppers,
if any*
10 Location of construction joint  
11 Water tightness of shuttering,
if required
No water seepage
12 Quality of water Potable and clean
13 Measuring jar for water pouring As per water content
14 Quality of materials As per specification

Concrete placement inspection checklist

1 Water cement ratio As per specification
2 Surface preparation by mortar
Fresh mortar
3 Slump testing* As per requirement
4 Adequacy of vibration 40mm and 60mm
needle required
5 Segregation of aggregates Not allowed
6 Removal of temporary spacers
and ties*
To be removed
7 Check for shuttering prop
displacement or settlement
Not Allowed
8 Number of cubes taken for testing
with identification No.: ___________
3 numbers for RCC > 6m3 
Numbers for every 5m3
9 Continuity of operations No break in between

Concrete post-placement inspection checklist

1 Observation for honeycombing Not Allowed
2 Line and Level As per drawing
3 Surface finish As per drawing
4 Cracks and air bubbles Not Allowed
5 Method of curing As specified
6 Checked for stripping or removing
of formwork support after specified
duration of stripping time.
                 Yes No  N/A
7 Checked for position of embedment                  Yes No N/A
8 Repair and finish all surface defects
by specification or approved method
                 Yes No N/A
9 Surface of part of structure is alright
and allowed for subsequent activity
or backfilling
                  Yes No N/A
10 Others, if any      

*These checklist items are valid for reinforced concrete work only


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