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Tilt-Up Basics: Embeds and Inserts

Embeds and inserts are installed to form connections with the rest of the structure.

The next step is to install embeds and inserts.

Embeds are pre-fabricated steel plates with lugs that are cast into the panel to attach it to the footing, other panels, or the roof system, or for attachment of building accessories after the shell is completed. They can be attached to the side forms if they are on the panel edges, or they can be wired to the reinforcing.

Inserts provide the attachment points for lifting hardware and braces. They usually are sized by the supplier, who also should furnish engineering drawings showing insert locations. Install inserts according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

If there is a field change in panel size, opening location, or other conditions, the insert supplier should be contacted to confirm the location and selection of hardware.

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Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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