With so many new and exciting technologies for the construction industry It’s easy to get overwhelmed and seems like every time you turn around there is someone saying- hey have you heard about (___) or what we need is (___). So, how do you know which ones are right for you? It starts with questioning every process trying to finding the ones that are time consuming, costly or use excessive manpower. For me it has always been as-built’s, they should always be done, but typically never get done. Why? It’s time consuming or difficult due to jobsite conditions (material, height of floor to floor, lack of manpower) there could be numerous reasons as-builds don’t get done. Yet, what is the cost for repairs if they don’t get done. As-built’s tell the story of what happens before and after loading of the deck; did the camber come out as expected or not. If as-built’s are not done and don’t get noticed until the finish stages of the project where its almost impossible to go back and shoot the top and bottom to see who’s at fault, not to mention floor patching or grinding around finishes, it get’s costly. This is where new technologies come into play, so what if you could create as-built’s as well as FF/FL testing, with apps like Rithm, Scene, (https://rithm.io/ ) and a Farro scanner you can. Yes, it’s an investment with cost. So, if you only pour decks on a couple of jobs a year then it wouldn’t make sense to buy a scanner and the software, however if pouring slabs is your bread and butter than it would definitely be worth while. With so many new technologies out you don’t have to go crazy and buy every new at the same time don’t let the game changers slip past you.
Last week Ryan talked about the importance of teamwork. He ended his post stating...
"This is why teamwork on a construction crew is so import, if we all don’t work together things can fall apart real quick, the schedule could start to slip behind, owner/architects unhappy with the quality of the work being performed. Driving people on your crew to be unhappy and quite, these are all things that could happen unless we all choose to work together as a team".
To prove his point, I want to give an example. This week's Picture of the Week is a 4,700 CY concrete pour which was poured out in 9 hours, averaging over 600 yards an hour for the first 6 hours, then slowed down a little for the topping. This was an amazing pour in the fact that everything that was planned, was well executed. Teamwork between the concrete contractor, concrete supplier, pumping contractor and testing agency made it all possible. The planning which started early, involved all parties and was a collaborative effort where the specialist in their field had input that everyone would evaluate, suggest or agree upon cycling through until it had evolved into the perfect plan. As far as execution, everyone followed through with their part of the agreed upon plan. So yes, pouring concrete can be planned and executed flawlessly with the help of teamwork!
Why are pre-pour checklists so important? Like anything else, the more planning the better the results right, so why wouldn’t you invest in a solid verification and checking procedure to ensure your next concrete placement is right. If you currently don’t have a pre/post pour checklist then you have to ask yourself how much money is wasted because improper lighting, wrong mix design, slump, spacing, manpower etc. the list can go on and on.
If you have a process for your pre-pour checklist and if it looks something like this
1. Fill out after the pour is already complete
2. Fill it out 5 minutes before the pour
3. Left blank
4. Don’t have/use one.
Then you need to re-evaluate what a good pre-pour checklist can accomplish.
It’s not the signing or the input or even the pre-pour sheet itself that makes a pour card effective. What makes a pour card effective is the process you develop when you go through the checklist. You've seen the best superintendents out there, they are constantly looking and asking when’s this going to be done, we need to set this up… or what about that? They have a pre-built checklist in their head and know all the steps needed for the pre or post pour.
A proper pre-pour process will take you through all the steps and the: Who, What, When, Where, How”.
Who: has verified, inspected, checked, and figured: yardage, elevations, sleeves, anchor-bolts, embeds, reinforcing, elevations, mix design etc.
What: is being placed, size of pour, manpower needed (footing, wall, column, SS, SOG, S.O.M.D)
When: is the pour happening (Date, Time, truck spacing)?
Where: (Placement location, pump truck setup, truck route, wash out bin)
How: is it being placed (pump, screeds, equipment, lighting, safety, etc.)?
The pre/post pour cards are a simple check and verifications. When a thorough examination and paying special attention to detail as well as going through all the steps to checkoff is done, not only will this save you time, money and re-work, but help you plan and execute a successful pour.
Here is an example of a finisher pre-pour card example, like we talked about you just have to create that process to capture and ensure all areas that need checked and verified for a pour have been completed to ensure a successful pour out. If you would like a custom pour card form or need help getting one set up email me at firstname.lastname@example.org