Requests for information (RFIs) are written questions submitted to the architect or engineers…by the builder or a subcontractor and involve conflicts or omissions on the plans or in the specifications…or some issue in the construction.
RFIs can also simply be a photograph of a problem in the construction…using an I-phone for example…which is e-mailed to the architect or one of the engineers along with a follow-up telephone call…but memorialized also in a written RFI to document the problem and the solution.
RFIs from a number of past projects can be a goldmine of information that can be organized and analyzed to be used in a checklist format to proactively debug the design plans for similar current and upcoming projects.
Because RFIs generally are described and illustrated in sufficient detail…and answered with equal specificity in addressing the problem or issue…RFIs are ready-made in that they can simply be applied to current and future upcoming projects to determine if similar conditions might produce similar questions or problems.
Eliminating RFI’s proactively upfront before the actual construction begins can greatly improve all aspects of the project…from obtaining more accurate bids to avoiding time-consuming stoppages in the work…and the costly manpower inefficiency of having to temporarily move tradespeople around on the jobsite to other areas until a particular question is answered or a plans conflict is resolved.