Knowing Long Lead Items Early Speeds Up Construction Schedules
Sometimes when you are planning about construction, you need to know that there are some materials, products, and some items in the construction which for sure will take much longer to be ordered, manufactured, or even imported to initiate for the construction to proceed and this is something which will affect the construction schedule to a greater extent. Such items are categorized as being long lead items in the construction industry which can be abbreviated as Los. In most cases, they are the ones seen in pre-engineering buildings, generators, elevators, some equipment that needs helicopter lifting, electrical switchgear, imported products, and some fancy finishes. For sure the construction process will not have to continue without these items present on the site and for this reason, you will have to wait for a long time before they arrive since at some point, they might not be local and importation or manufacturing is something that might be causing the delays.
It is important for you to make sure you are understanding more about these items and identifying them early in the construction is important so that you have a working plan that will enable you to reduce the waiting time for the items to arrive. When you have an early guess of these items, it will be possible for you to make an early ordering for the items and this is an important aspect in the construction since things like delays will have to be minimized to make sure the task is completed in time. Therefore, the architect and the contractor need to be working hand in hand to make it easy to identify these items so that eventually, you have a working budget for the same. Fast track also will be scheduled all with the aim of minimizing the waiting time for the LLIs.
As the designer or the builder, it is important for you to make sure you are having this item under the plan which will make it easy for you to schedule for them so that the quotation time is not affected at all. Engineers are the ones that understand this concept faster and there will be no delays like monthly or weekly delays for the items to be collected so that the construction will be able to proceed very well. The site works and also foundation will have to start even before the arrival of these items on the site which means that the rest of the project will partially rely on the LLIs that have been ordered on the site and hence, up to a certain point, the project will have to stack unless when the LLIs have arrived.
In the process, it is also important for you to make sure you are mitigating the delays simply by the use of substitutions or even paying incentives to the manufacturer which will have to work but sometimes it will not guarantee you the results that you need. Therefore, the only solution is for you to have the builder determining these LLIs in advance and order it right away.