Temporary bracing and propping are methods of securing structural prefabricated concrete (also referred to as precast concrete) elements during the construction phase until they are permanently supported by, and incorporated into, the adjoining completed structure. Typically, bracing is applied to vertical elements and propping to horizontal elements.
This Guide considers the responsibilities, requirements, specifications and use of temporary bracing and propping for prefabricated concrete construction, as it relates to factory-cast concrete elements during their construction phase. The engineering principles involved for safe lifting, handling and temporary bracing, however, are applicable to all forms of prefabricated building and
civil elements and structural systems.