Construction Submittals from an Engineers Perspective

Association of Construction and Development
October 30, 2012 — 1,280 views  

Construction Submittals from an Engineers Perspective

Construction Submittals

Construction submittals can take several forms. Generally the engineering group assigned the duties of a project receive their basic directives from a project manager who has thoroughly reviewed the basic project proposal accepted by the client. The proposal is usually the result of meetings and conferences regarding the basic structure of the project. Once the proposal is submitted to the engineering group, this initiates the scope of the project as outlined in the project proposal. The first set of plans is plotted by the engineers and the basic design of the construction model takes shape, pending the client's approval of the drawings. Depending on the terms of the accepted proposal, the engineering group may be required to submit a set of drawings to the local municipality engineering department for acceptance and alert other municipal departments such as the local water authority or state engineering, piping and electrical authorities. 

Planning and Zoning Board Submittals

The size of the construction project may also affect local and state land use regulations and required a submittal of drawings for the proposed project to the local planning and zoning board. These are standard requirements involved in the project management process. Once approval has been cleared by the municipality on the basic engineering model for construction, the final set of drawings are submitted to the project manager and then to the client. The project manager may be required to secure any additional local and state construction permits needed to complete the project. 

Submitting Professional Construction Design

Constructions for various types of project tend to alter the actual submittals required. For instance, home building submittals would require more interfacing with the municipality in which the site is located. For bridges and municipal or state buildings, it would be necessary to request placement on the appropriate bidders' list. Once approved for the bidders' list, the submittals involved are usually a complete profile of the experience and qualifications of the engineering group as well as the bid costs. If drawings are submitted in this case, they may need to be certified by a licensed professional engineer (PE). 

Tracking Project Management Submittals

For construction projects, it's important to maintain a detailed record of all submittals whether for housing or infrastructure. Submittal records should be kept before and after approval of certification. Very often, finite details of project management are found in changes made to original submittals by the engineering group.

 

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