Project Management and Site Installation of Fabricated Projects

Blog | November 13th, 2018

Because every project is unique, an equally specialized set of project management skills must be on-hand to handle a fabricated assemblage as it’s installed. After all, fabricated projects, each made of steel and intricately fastened frame pieces, aren’t simply released to the wilds after the workshop operations are done. No, the job isn’t done until the structure is properly erected.

Managing Onsite Workflows 

Striding the installation area, a site representative directs fabricated elements. Steel-reinforced structural elements are all welded and fastened, all up to code. However, that quality-assured fabrication mode, a way of getting things done according to the strictest, most obdurate engineer-validated fabricating tolerances won’t count for much if the project centrepiece isn’t installed in the same exact way it was processed back at the workshop. In plain speak, the project management team just wants to make sure their expertly crafted structure is properly erected, just as it was adeptly fashioned back at the shop.

Site Installation Deliberations 

The welds applied to the individual steel elements back at the shop were observed and approved by a competent shop manager. To assure that safety-assured and load bearing construct performs as intended, the project representative observes the installation process. Are the onsite welds up to code and just as expertly applied as the fabricating actions applied to the preassembled framework? Switching perspective, from shop floor to the worksite, the project management phase observes the installation, sees fasteners and welding tasks as they’re executed, and ensures the fabricated project’s structural limitations are not exceeded. Moreover, this on-the-spot individual, plus his group of roving team members, is always there to take care of project assets.

Taking Care of Site Assets 

The shop representative is a fine communicator. He’s just finished delivering the latest project plans and sitting in on a site meeting. Cranes have been fed information, so the riggers know just where to lift the fabricated structure. After inspecting the transported framework for shipping damage, the assembled parts are raised into position, where they’re then welded in place. Pipes, control panels, structural sections, and so many more shop-fabricated projects are handled in just this manner. For an offsite focused industry, this type of quality vetted onsite processing is absolutely critical.

Diligent workshop fabricators go beyond the end-stage work phase. For safety’s sake and for an enhanced productivity margin, too, the work can’t end until the project is correctly installed and safely commissioned. To do that, the fabrication project requires the services of an onsite representative, someone who carries with him the same engineering values as those demonstrated by the fabrication shop’s quality-assured engineering practices.

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