Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Mohammed Haque

Second Advisor

Dr. Sawhney

Third Advisor

Dr. Roman Rabiej

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Economy in formwork design depends partly on the ingenuity and experiences of the form designer, whether a contractor or an engineer. The cost of formwork is significant, generally amounting to anywhere from 40% to 60% of the cost of a concrete structure. Judgment with respect to the development of a forming system could both expedite a project and reduce costs. The present paper addresses the development of CONFORM - an interactive menu driven PC based job-built concrete formwork design. The system is developed using Microsoft Visual Basic 6, Access 97 database, and Word 97, where a perfect integration of these Windows applications has been made to get a true WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) environment. The calculation process consists of "event driven activities" which lets the users to trail-and- error their data input, and redesign as if the results are not satisfactory. The final results including formwork drawing with material sizes and spacings can be seen on the screen, and be saved in word documents or text formats. The CONFORM can have ideal use both at the job site as well as at the engineer's office, and will save significantly the formwork design time.