The SchoolHouse Project

Monday 02 June 2014

A group of year 10 construction students involved with the SchoolHouse Project spent Monday morning conducting ‘slump tests’ and helping an external team introduce fresh concrete to the site.

Having studied concrete in theory, the group put their knowledge into practice and produced mixes of dry, medium and wet consistencies.

The slump test itself is a British Standard test that measures the workability of fresh concrete. A sample of an individual batch is shovelled into a cone-shaped funnel and then tipped out like a sand castle. Once the mound has been left to slump, its new height is measured and decisions can be made about its suitability for work.

The group then watched and offered assistance as a team poured concrete into holes scattered across the site, which are to be used to support the attractive post and beam frame currently standing on the field.