FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



Support     |     Specification     |     Design     |     Fabrication     |     Coordination     |     Installation     |     Purchasing    



Support


Q: What services do you provide?
A:
We provide services to support you from concept to completion and can organize complete fulfillment from engineering to installation.
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Q: How does Diversakore team work with us?
A: We provide concepts, details, plans, shop drawings, all necessary products and services depending upon your specific project requirements and needs.
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Specification


Q: Why apply DK beams with hollowcore plank?

A: Longer spans and smaller beams when compared to Precast, Wide Flange or Cast in Place.
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Q:
Why apply DK beams with composite metal deck?

A: Longer spans and smaller beams when compared to Precast, Wide Flange or Cast in Place.
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Q: How does DK contribute to sustainable design?

A: Our systems help with innovation, use of composites, less materials, local production, use of recycled materials and waste reduction. We work on a project by project basis to support sustainability requirements. Its also worth noting that changing the future use of a building with our designs is very easy.


Q: How much deflection can I expect?

A: Our designs are engineered to meet deflections specified wtihin the code requirements and furthermore per your EOR's specifications. Standard designs are designed to max limit of L/360 for DL and L/480 for LL.
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Design


Q: How far can DK beams span?
A: Virtually limitless similar to conventional reinforced concrete designs.
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Q: How do I design a building with your products?
A: We engineer our products to meet your layout and performance specifications. We also provide recommendations to lower cost and maximize your space plan based on our deep expertise. Consider us an extension of your engineering team.


Q:
What happens if there are changes during design?
A:
No worries, its a normal part of the construction business and we work to help minimize, if not eliminate the cost of change.

Q: Can bays on the same floor be designed differently?
A:
Yes, we often recommend changing materials types to support project specific requirements to minimize cost and maximize performance.

Q: Are there limits to the penetration sizes on the floors?
A:
No, we have various methods for each slab type to support from small cored penetrations to large shaft openings. Click

Q: Do you have/share any design guidelines?
A: Check back soon they are currently in production. In the meantime just give us a call and we will provie you what you need to specify or evaluate our products.

Q: Where can I find specs?
A:
Check back soon they are currently in production. In the meantime just give us a call and we will provie you what you need to specify or evaluate our products.

Q: Can I penetrate the beam (vertically and horizontally)?
A:
Yes, we will work with you to identify when, where, how often, and how large you can make them. They can even be incorporated in the shop saving time in the field.
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Q: Is a structural topping required on your hollowcore designs?

A: We can design our beams to support both untopped and topped systems.
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Q:
Can the structural topping be applied after the the beam is poured?

A: Yes, but we need to know in advance to engineer our products accordingly.

Q:
Can use the beam in a cantilever application?

A: Yes, cantilevers can often times yield significant savings and improve pro-formas with better space plans.

Q:
Can the beams be designed for 4hr rating?

A: Yes, we have design methods to support performance based fire loading conditions.
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Q:
Can I use DK beams in high seismic or wind zones?

A: Yes, our columns and beams are designed as a gravity elements.

Q: What are the effects of the DK system on my foundation design?

A: When compared to cast in place designs, our systems are designed to be lighter with equivalent or superior spans and thereby reducing foundation material requirements.


Q: What does the connection detail look like?

A: We have options for exposed and unexposed conditions.
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Q: Can I attach anything to the beam ( Cladding, canopies, rolling doors/walls)?
A: Yes, we just need to know the relative loads and we can include them in our designs.


Q: What kind of lateral bracing is required for DIVERSAKORE frames?
A: We can integrate with shear walls or steel bracing. Whatever is most efficient for your project.

Q: How do you support balconies?

A: We work with cantilevered and post supported balconies with all supported slab types (Hollowcore, Steel Deck, AAC).

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Fabrication


Q: What parts do you make off-site and what do you ‘hook up’ on-site?
A:
We prefabricate and shop install forms, reinforcing, and connections. That leaves slab assemblies, shoring/temporary bracing, and concrete to install and finish in the field.


Q:
How is the beam manufactured?

A: The parts and assemblies are manufactured and assembled in authorized production facilities.

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Coordination


Q: Who does the sequencing (planning) work?
A:
We help support the subcontractors and general contractors to optimize scheduling.

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Installation


Q:What is the installation sequence and duration?

A: Project requirements dictate the approach. But anywhere from 3500 to 5500 ft2/day is a good rule of thumb.

Q: how do I shore and brace DK beams during construction?

A: VT Beams typically require approximately 2x10kip post shores 6' on center, 2 levels and no reshoring. Bracing is determined by the bay sizes and defined by the installation contractor.

Q: How is the DK beam erected?

A: Hoisted and bolted, then shored prior to loading with slab assembly.

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Purchasing


Q: What is included with the beam?

A: Forms, studs, straps, reinforcing, and connections
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Q: How do we keep hauling and lifting costs down during design?
A:
Multi lift columns and long span beams

Q: How much does DK beam cost and how do I buy one?

A: Prices fluctuate with cost of steel. Please contact us directly for current pricing.
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