Third-party advisors make suggestions every day. The following case study shows how an ICM advisor was able to save our client company a lot of money, and how you can benefit from having one of our advisors. Before we get too far ahead, the dust collector units in the picture above, have to move in order to get a few other process units out of the building.
The location is the second floor of a process building, and the general contractor must replace the dust collectors shown above.
In accordance with AWS D1.1 Code, the EPC's request was to have the 45-degree angle structural beams removed one-at-a-time. Next, replace the I-beams with new temporary bracing to create a larger space. After that, clean and remove the existing dust collectors, and reinstall the existing or brand new dust collectors. This installation includes all service water piping and drain lines in accordance with ASME B31.1 Code. The final step was to remove the temporarily installed I-beams and replace with the original beams as shown above.
The General Contractor had performed their due diligence and put together a well written and itemized estimate.
Lots of deliberation continued for a few weeks during the demolition period. The EPC/Owner was adamant about moving the project ahead on the schedule. Based on the timeline at that point, the EPC was concerned about the progress. What are the options available to the client at this point? ICM's Advisor had made a recommendation against removing the I-beams. He figured there has to be a faster way to get them out without losing three weeks of time and lots of money in material expenses. A suggestion was brought up about removing the dust collectors after completely disassembling them, but the client had not decided, at that point, whether or not to keep the existing units due to impending outage deadlines.
The perfect answer arrived via ICM's advisor by removing the back paneling from the building to bring the units through the wall and replace the wall upon completion. After a week of deliberation, the client agreed to move forward. They felt it would be both advantageous from a monetary standpoint and production standpoint. The plant was able to stay running to prevent any liquidated damages from occurring. Why is this a better scenario for the general contractor?
Completing the project three weeks earlier with less applied manhours and less chance of injury, saved this company multiple six-figures to their total profit margin. The agreement within the contract was intact for providing a quality service, ahead of schedule and at the agreed upon price. By all rights, the general contractor could have stayed the course on the plan and documentation provided by the EPC for the bid. In the end, it was even better for both parties involved, and that's what Industrial Code Management likes to experience with every project.
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