The nature of the job, including local conditions, is one of the primary factors in formwork selection. Some of the factors that should be considered are explained below.
In geographic areas where the labor force is expensive and unskilled, the use of formwork ‘‘systems’’ can substantially reduce the cost. In areas where the labor force is inexpensive and skilled, a conventional formwork system is an economical alternative even if the building features are compatible with a sophisticated formwork system. As a result, some geographic areas use preassembled formwork systems because of the lack of inexpensive skilled labor force.