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Project engineering budgets are established with an eye toward the initial cost, effective technical solutions, as well as future operating and life cycle costs. EMTG seeks close participation of the Owner and Architect at this stage to ensure feasibility and to highlight compromises to be made by each participant. After the budgets are developed, periodic in-house meetings are held to monitor costs through the entire design phase of a project.
Specifications complement drawings, do not overlap or duplicate them, and normally prescribe the quality standards of construction expected on the project. They indicate the procedure by means of which it may be determined whether requirements are satisfied. Because specifications are an integral part of the Contract Documents, they are considered to be legal documents, and should therefore be comprehensive, accurate, and clear. Specification writing has two principal objectives: to define the scope of work and to act as a set of instructions. Defining the scope of work is at the core of specification writing. The required quality of the product and services must be clearly communicated to bidders and the party executing the contract and must ensure that the completed project conforms to this specified quality. The specification writer should ensure that the requirements are compatible with the methods to be employed and that the methods selected in one specification are compatible with those selected in another.
A primary function of project specifications is to deliver detailed information regarding materials and methods of work for a particular construction project. They cover various components relating to the project, including general conditions, the scope of work, quality of materials, and standards of workmanship. The drawings, collectively with the project specifications, define the project in detail and clearly delineate exactly how it is to be constructed. The project drawings and specifications are an integral part of the Contract Documents and are inseparable. They reflect what the project specifications are unlikely to cover; the project specifications outline what the drawings are unlikely to portray. Specifications are also sometimes used to clarify details that are not adequately covered by the drawings and notes. Project specifications always take precedence over the drawings, should the drawings conflict with them.
In recent years a fundamental change in specification writing due to technology and green-related practices has made a tremendous impact on the construction industry and on the general way we conduct our business. Master generic form specifictaion are now commercially available in electronic form that a specifier can simply load into the computer and get instant access pre written specification. But while we take advantage of new information and knowledge EMTG engineers who designed the systems write our own specifications tailored and customized to each project consistent with leading industry standard specifications. We do not use separate staff for writing engineering specifications.
SHOP DRAWINGS /SUBMITTALS
Shop drawings detail and explain the fabrication, installation of the products, and the process of the architectural and engineering plan & concept. CAD Shop Drawings and installation drawings submitted by the contractor will be the final stage prior to installation to obtain approval from the architect and engineer's authority of work for the structure of the project. Our team of engineers that designed the project review the shop drawings and will issue final guidelines and advise on the nature of the assembly and product fabrication. Substitution of specified systems and materials are handled at this level making sure the client is getting the optimum cost saving and performance expected from a substitution. The design engineer for the project is also responsible for reviewing the shop drawings and responding to field questions from owners, architects, and contractors. We provide a timely and comprehensive review of all shop drawings related to our trades. EMTG minimizes the potential for future project delays by putting special emphasis on the shop drawing review stage.