Implementing Tilt-Up Method for Sustainable Construction

Ayodeji E. Oke, Clinton O. Aigbavboa, Yongama L. Thole

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Construction projects are becoming more complex and clients are increasingly demanding innovative and sustainable projects. These have resulted in several challenges and limitations with the use of traditional construction techniques and as a result, there has been a paradigm shift to technology driven method known as tilt-up construction system. This study examined the viability and benefits of this method as well as their perceived effect on activities of workmen in the South African construction industry in the quest to adopting as a tool for sustainable construction. Based on information obtained from existing literature on the subject area, questionnaires were designed and administered on construction professionals and other stakeholders with knowledge of tilt-up construction method. Structural integrity, clients’ satisfaction as well as cost, quality and time will be enhanced by application of the method thereby enhancing sustainable construction. This will be achieved through minimization of waste, time delays and construction site traffic. Against the negative notion that the practice will lead to reduced workmen on construction sites, tilt-up method will help to minimize human error, site accidents and greater use of machinery. Stakeholders in the construction industry will benefit from the result of this study in their quest to promoting sustainable developments. There is therefore the need for adequate tilt-up training of personnel and professionals involved in construction activities for smooth transition from conventional method of construction. Legislation for the purpose should also be provided by government and appropriate incentives should be provided to encourage the usage of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable Cities in Asia and the Middle East - Proceedings of the 1st GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition, Egypt 2017 on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures
EditorsJohn Calautit, Fernanda Rodrigues, Hassam Chaudhry, Hasim Altan
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319616445
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event1st GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, Egypt 2017 - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 15 Jul 201719 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameSustainable Civil Infrastructures
ISSN (Print)2366-3405
ISSN (Electronic)2366-3413


Conference1st GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, Egypt 2017
CitySharm El Sheikh


  • Construction process
  • Construction resources
  • Conventional construction method
  • Housing
  • Sustainable construction
  • Tilt-up

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Environmental Engineering


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