Peter K. Ostrowski, Ph.D, P.Eng.
Senior Design Specialist, Nuclear Waste Management Division, Ontario Power Generation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Temporary Structures during Construction


Temporary Structures during Construction include scaffolding, formwork, shoring, ramps, platforms, earth retaining structures and other construction structures which are not part of the permanent installation. Temporary Structures during Construction are generally disregarded and looked down upon when considering the importance of qualifications and experience. In fact, most of the time they are an after thought until it is time to actually do the construction. The result: most tragic failures are during construction and are usually the result of improperly designed, constructed and/or maintained temporary structures. The resounding question is what is needed to educate engineers who are required to design temporary structures, to educate contractors constructing temporary structures, and to prevent future failures.

Short Biography

Peter K. Ostrowski, Ph.D., P.Eng. is a Senior Technical Specialist at Nuclear Waste Management Division at Ontario Power Generation. He has designed, analyzed and inspected a variety of temporary structures over the last 15 years. He is a member of CSA S16 Technical Committee on Limit States Design of Steel Structures and Temporary Structures Committee at ASCE Construction Institute.


Thursday, September 28th, 2006


5:00 PM EST

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