The commercially available systems currently used in construction require high initial cost, take time to be erected and reduce the space in the construction site for the movement of material, equipment and labor as they prevent movement underneath them. The FAST system depends on developing a new false-work system depending on the concept of the funicular arch. It decreases the cost of the false-work as it uses less material and therefore needs lower initial cost than the commercially available systems. Further, the new system is environmentally friendly as it achieves a range between 45% and 50% saving in the amount of CO2 emitted to air due to the use of less material. The savings in the material used in the FAST system ranges between 45% to 51% depending on the covered area and it also provides more space in the construction site for the materials, equipment and workers to move underneath the system. The system also decreases the time needed for erection by range between 67% and 80% depending on the area and consequently helps in saving time and cost. To prove all of these advantages, experimental work is conducted on full scale models to study the mechanical and structural properties of the system.


Construction Engineering Department

Degree Name

MS in Construction Engineering

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2017

First Advisor

Nassar, Khaled

Committee Member 1

Ezeldin, Ahmed Samer

Committee Member 2

Nassar, Khaled


112 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the support of my mother, father and close friends throughout my studies. Their continuous efforts and supports provided me with the energy and persistence to pursue my academic goals. I would like also to thank my advisors for their encouragement, support and unlimited support throughout my work in this research. They always provided me with valuable and strong feedback on my work which gave me the opportunity to enhance my research and get better results. My advisors believed in me and my abilities to reach results in this research and ensure its potential application in the construction field. Once again, my deepest and sincere appreciation goes to everyone who supported me throughout my journey.