This provision has been an issue for shotcrete contractors in the region for many years. ASA and ACI Committee 506, Shotcrete, do not endorse the concept stated in the “Los Angeles Bulletin.” Unfortunately, this provision has shown up in other areas around the country.
A good shotcrete practice is to limit lift height to that which can be placed without sloughing or sagging and to place subsequent lifts at such a time that the previous lift is sufficiently firm to support the subsequent lift. ACI 506R-05, “Guide to Shotcrete,” Section 8.5.8, specifically addresses this point. The following is a link to ASA’s bookstore: