We’ve mentioned it over and over again, but construction rework is expensive, time consuming, and wasteful. This is especially true when the rework involves the world’s favorite building material, concrete; as hard as it is to put in, it’s even harder to take out. Because of that, it’s extremely important to develop good practices to spend time planning before a concrete pour.
Dan Henrie, an experienced superintendant and creator of the website Constructorator, recently detailed the important information that needs to be logged before a successful concrete pour. In his post titled “Why You Should Be Using Pre-Pour Cards On Your Next Concrete Pour,” Henrie suggests logging the “Who, What, When, Where, and How” of the pour. Below is an excerpt from his post:
Who: has verified, inspected, checked, and figured: yardage, elevations, sleeves, anchor-bolts, embeds, reinforcing, elevations, mix design etc.
What: is being placed, size of pour, manpower needed (footing, wall, column, SS, SOG, S.O.M.D)
When: is the pour happening (Date, Time, truck spacing)?
Where: (Placement location, pump truck setup, truck route, wash out bin)
How: is it being placed (pump, screeds, equipment, lighting, safety, etc.)?
The most important factor in a successful pour, he says, is the not the actual documentation of this information, but the thought that went into creating and following the procedure. However, documentation is always a good thing, as it can save you from potential liability in the end.
Henrie also created an interactive Pre-Pour Card Example on his post, which you can access here, or by clicking the button below. He even offers to help those needing a custom card for their company. We’re a big fan of logging data at Construction Junkie, because it helps build a complete history of a project and can quantify potential opportunities.
Much like with our DIY inventory process, we would suggest taking the card a step further and creating your Pre-pour card using a cloud based platform, like Google Forms, which can keep all of the data from each of your concrete forms on one spreadsheet and be accessed from anywhere for easy reference.
Why You Should Be Using Pre-Pour Cards On Your Next Concrete Pour | Constructorator