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What is the difference between formwork, shuttering, staging, centring and scaffolding?

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Formwork: As its name implies it is a temporary structure which gives form or shape to the poured concrete. It is a vertical or horizontal structure to keep the concrete in desired position until the concrete gains some strength. The cost of the formwork may be upto 20-25% of the cost of the structure in building work and even higher in bridges.
Shuttering: The formwork which supports the vertical arrangement is known as shuttering. The formwork used in columns, side of beam, footing and retaining wall is designated as shuttering.
Centring: The formwork which supports the horizontal members such as bottom of the beams and slabs are called centring.
Staging: The member which supports the formwork for centring or shuttering. Staging is generally done by bamboo props to support horizontal formwork.
Scaffolding: When the height of wall or column or other structural member of a building exceeds 1.5m, temporary structures are needed to support the platform where the workers can sit and carry on the constructions. Scaffolding is also needed for outside painting of a building or for repairs and demolition.