Tues 6th 2019

You’ve most likely been there— receiving the incorrect reinforcing schedules for your project, going back and forth to rectify problems, which ends up delaying the project?

In a perfect world, builders would send all the required documentation; there would be no revisions, schedulers would schedule projects at 100% accuracy with short lead times. However, this is not the case. It can be a challenging, time-consuming process, but there is a method of getting your jobs scheduled correctly more often than not.

If you follow these three tips with any reinforcing supplier, you will spare the frustration of receiving below satisfactory schedules in your mailbox.

Let’s dive in.

1. Provide your final drawings

Sounds easy, right? Well we know it’s not that straight forward. Your project changes many times throughout its program, which makes it challenging to provide the final drawings at the start. Though if you can restrict the changes and prepare the final set of drawings at the beginning you’re assured to have a smoother running and more accurately scheduled project.

If you can’t get your hands on the final drawings, make sure you keep your scheduling contact regularly updated on any changes or revisions.

There are a few essential documents to provide to your reinforcing steel scheduler to determine the lengths and quantity required for each element, including:

  • Architectural drawings
  • Structural drawings
  • Civil drawings

Just by providing these three final sets off documents, you are already at an advantage. These documents will provide your scheduler with plan and section details to correctly schedule your project, rather than calculating quantities from a half-completed design.

Even if you only take this first tip on board, and none of the others, it will improve the accuracy of schedules with fewer deviations.

2. Plan to lead times

Firstly, find out your schedulers lead times for your project. As a guide, most reinforcing elements in structures are scheduled within 3–days depending on the project size and the companies experience (Not including production lead time).

A good point of reference to start from would be:

Residential: Single house dwellings, small apartments = 2 days
Commercial: High rise buildings, offices, retail buildings = 3–5 days
Civil: Main roads, tunnels, airports = 3–5 days

To add further confidence, we recommend giving your reinforcing scheduler a 14-day look in advance as a buffer on all the elements required in that time frame. By providing a forward plan, the right amount of time is spent on your project to determine future issues and also offer any cost-saving alternatives.

3. Respond to RFI (Request for information) prompty

Schedulers cannot continue without critical construction information which contributes to your project success. Recent day drawings have little to no dimensions, conflicting details and missing information which makes it hard to schedule reinforcing accurately.

RFI needs to be actioned promptly, ideally in less than 24 hours to ensure schedulers can get elements complete in the desired time frame.

Just note: If a scheduler is asking for more details, it means he can not continue on your job without the information.

Start the efficient way

Whether you’re a project manager/site engineer or new to the process, these 3 tips will help to keep a smooth running and accurately scheduled project.

If you need any more help or have more questions to ask, our reinforcement scheduling team are happy to answer any questions you have, please call 1800 237 822.