Did you know that some places in the United States and around the globe impose certain restraints when it comes to bridge building? For example, Mission Bay area of San Diego does not allow bridge construction from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That is nearly three months of no construction! This poses many issues, as it restricts bridge developers to work within a specific time. Here’s why bridge building scheduling is of utmost importance.
Establishing a Bridge Construction Schedule
It can be very frustrating when a company is ready to carry on with construction to then be forced to halt for a period of time. Not only is it inconvenient, but it can also be costly. So, what can bridge developers do to avoid these moratoriums? Have an experienced project manager on the team to develop detailed schedules that consider local and national bridge construction issues and regulations.
Sequence of the Workflow
Bridge building scheduling needs to cover all aspects of the project including unexpected events. The schedule should focus on two main things: the “when” and “how” the construction will be carried out.
While the “when” is crucial in determining the timeframe of the project completion, the “how” is sometimes neglected. When there is not a complete plan for the “how,” issues arise. For instance, delivery problems, missing equipment, or incorrect staffing can slow construction. Unfortunately, this results in lower profits on the impacted jobs and harms the reputations of contractors who don’t plan for delays.
Benefits of Scheduling
It is needless to say that organization brings benefits. However, for big projects such as bridge building, scheduling has an ever bigger impact and benefits.
- The team understands all the project details and how they need to come together
- It prepares the team to prevent unexpected events
- It encourages problem-solving before they happen
- Solid scheduling identifies the most efficient and cost-effective work sequencing
- It improves planning for labor, tools, supplies, and equipment
- It encourages communication among all parties involved in the project
- Developers can prepare for or prevent seasonal issues (e.g. closures, restrictions, weather)
The U.S. Bridge Building Process
U.S. Bridge follows a meticulous schedule to execute every bridge project. Additionally, we have a bridge building process that provides a smooth experience for clients. Choose to partner with us for your next steel bridge project and see it come through in a timely manner. Contact us today and we will walk you through the steps to get you started.