Mass Concreting

By J. Benjamin Alper, P.E., S.E., and Cawsie Jijina, P.E., SECB
There are many issues that arise when one places mass concrete, specifically as it relates to reinforced concrete elements in buildings.
These elements, which most typically include reinforced mat foundations, pile caps, footings, piers, and transfer elements, differ from other
reinforced structures such as dams and retaining walls due to high stresses, quantities of steel reinforcement, and the use of high strength concrete. Mass concrete element placement in buildings, therefore, presents unique challenges.