Reader Feedback: Better Workflow by Way of Blending
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Letter to the Editor
Re: Versatility in the Field = Workflow Flexibility
Thank you for providing me the POB Magazine. I especially enjoyed the article “Versatility in the Field = Workflow Flexibility” by Mr. Pietruczanis in the [November] issue. In my opinion he is right on regarding “blending.” From our perspective, I would like to call to attention a blending concern that isn’t often considered, but is of paramount interest to us.
I am an Ohio PS & PE working in Chesapeake, Ohio, for a consulting firm. We frequently handle the civil engineering site plans, designs and construction drawings for out-of-town (usually faraway) architects or construction managers who are preparing plans for constructing buildings in our area. They often prefer a local firm handle the site work and permits in order to take advantage of our experience and knowledge, especially as it relates to zoning, local ordinances, access, site and/or soil conditions, known contractor concerns, utility providers, agency requirements, and contacts. Also, our civil design and construction drawings/specifications work often becomes enlarged to handle construction changes and other issues.
One of our constant concerns is with the surveying data gathered for the civil work. Often the architect proceeds to engage a surveyor from his/her area to provide a boundary and topographic survey, which is for our use. However, without proper coordination and without including all needed (and unknown, but required) data. For that reason, we prefer our surveyors perform these surveys with coordination with our civil staff, thereby blending to obtain the right data the first time and precluding the need for additional surveying.
More effective initial blending would be a blessing. Any opportunity to pass along this concern for us and for other consulting firms would be appreciated.
Les Tinkham, PE