Dry Utilities Could Be the Problem, Part 1

Construction TeamWhen we build homes, roadways, bridges, waterlines or utilities lines there is always a concern for completing the project on time, within a budget and for a profit. Delays are a major reason of projects losing money. Sometimes managers don’t even know why their project is delayed, but it happens. Besides the day-to-day operation that could delay a project and do, there are benchmarks that can put a project in the red extremely fast. These seem to be obvious to most Owners, Builders and Developers, but you would be surprised.

The most obvious delay at the beginning of a project is selecting the right designer and engineer for the project. They could be dragging their feet on finalizing the price or the contract. This could add months of delays to the project and not obviously felt, but to the Builder or Owner these months of carrying cost are critical in turning a profit in this down turning economy. A second obvious potential delay is selecting the right General Contractor to manage the project or specific subcontractors. These delays will be felt with the day-to-day operations, but could again be the target of a project losing money. A third but not so obvious delay to a project is the dry utility work. Many Owners and Builders forget about this task. This is why dry utility design and construction could be a major factor in the company turning a profit.

About Mark Rieser II, M.S., P.E.

Consulting expert with over 25 years of experience in civil / structural engineering, traffic / transportation engineering, general building contracting, general engineering contracting, soil engineering, and architectural design. Mark Rieser has built and designed custom homes, highways, roadways, traffic signals / interchanges, traffic control, retaining walls, slope repairs, 300 apartments, 2000 town homes, over 900 single family homes, expansion / retrofit San Francisco Airport, BART Railroad construction and much more. He is an expert in California Building Code, seismic retrofits, manual uniform traffic control devices, cost estimating, scheduling, highway design manual, traffic manual, and public works standard plans and specifications. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Masters Degree in Civil / Structural Engineering with a minor in Urban Planning. He is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Associated General Contractors (AGC). He has more than 6 years expert witness experience including consultations, depositions, and courtroom testimony.

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