Keeping Teams Accountable
A project manager for a major developer recently shared how TraceAir helped him resolve a dispute
on a master-planned community project during the sitework phase. This project entailed creating a 200,000+ cubic yard stockpile during grading operations. After a rainstorm caused silt to overflow the fence surrounding this massive stockpile, his contractor submitted a change order request for $54,000 to rework the stockpile perimeter.
There were two options:
1) pay the change order or;
2) conduct an investigation to prove that the change order wasn't valid.
It was in the project's budget's best interest to investigate and reject the change order, but this could come at an additional cost ($5,000 – $10,000) of engineers and consultants to come out and measure the stockpile. It could also result in weeks of back and forth dispute resolution, only to have the investigation be inconclusive. They would be on the hook for the change order AND the additional consultant fees.
Luckily, they use TraceAir's powerful site intelligence software and weekly 3D topographical surveys to track their projects. Using TraceAir's cross section
tool, the project manager was able to go back and examine the stockpile grade prior to the rain to see that the slope did not meet contract requirements and was constructed incorrectly. He was able to use the cross section tool and solve the problem in a few minutes, eliminating $5,000 – $10,000 of consultant fees
on top of the $54,000 change order.