oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Communication - design to end user : technical note
A major problem in the construction industry today is the adequacy, or otherwise, of information passed from the designer to the end user, particularly in the sphere in which I am directly concerned, that of a reinforcing steel sub-contractor. This statement may come as a surprise to many a consulting engineer but there is a reason for that. Reinforcing steel is normally handled under sub-contract and officially there is no direct contact between a sub-contractor and the designer. The sub-contractor's problems end with the main contractor. The latter has sufficient of his own without having to carry forward the sub-contractor's as well.The purpose of this paper is not to teach how to detail reinforcing steel, but it is rather an attempt to reiterate and remind originators of information of the basic principles of communication which, it is hoped, will then result in more adequate details being produced by them for any construction purpose, but principally for reinforcing steel. The work study method of asking five basic questions will be used with certain illustrations.
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