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We provide for the complete Project
Management process including:
3. Timely Submittals
One of the most expensive problems for
project management comes from failure to manage the submittal process.
Submittals are sent late, and returned later. This delays ordering
of materials and delays shop drawings. But the completion date doesn't
change. All too often the result is costly drafting or fabrication
errors, undesirable production scheduling, and unnecessary expediting costs
of one kind and another. How can this be corrected? Here is
a partial list:
Agreement on submittals The kickoff
meeting with the customer should include a specific schedule agreement
about submittals and turn around. Often this will require cooperation
of the architect, typically not a party to the kickoff meeting with your
GC customer. Reaching an agreement that late submittal return will
delay the job is vital.
It is not unusual for certain materials to require long lead times.
These must be identified in the design review. Make provision for
special submittal and approval to meet the production schedule.
Batching of approvals On
most jobs, it will ease approval bottlenecks to arrange for progressive
approvals; starting with the early order materials, and then proceeding
more-or-less in erection and production sequence.
Contract drafting & engineering On
larger jobs, provision often must be made for contract drafting and engineering.
Timely contract completion is a typical problem and requires aggressive
management to avoid. Back up resources are often required, and best
arranged in advance. Fail-safe this process.
The above list is not easy to achieve, and
thus is often ignored or compromised. But, it is vital to the project
management process and must be made a central goal.
RFI's These are typically a huge
waste of time and a source of delay on the job. Arrange some method
of verbal/fax/email approval followed by hard copy confirmation from you
to the approving person.
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