Safety shouldn’t be something that management talks about, but doesn’t enforce. Jobsite safety should take precedence over every other aspect of your company, and if it is not a priority in your company, it needs to be. Making safety the most important thing not only helps to reduce costs, but it can also improve productivity on site. Because accidents lead to additional costs as well as delays in projects, when you make safety a priority, you lessen the chances of accidents occurring on site, and you save money in the process.
Know the plan: Being efficient starts with a plan. Just as a building a structure has a plan–conception, design, construction–so too must you have a plan to work efficiently. This includes knowing who your team is, what the project is, and what your part is. Having access to up-to-date plans for your project is vital: you don’t want to be working off outdated specs. (Make sure you’re using 360 Sync to get the most recent files.) You should also develop a plan for your specific task.
Developing a plan and sharing it with your team helps cut down on material waste and it economically uses time to its most productive. Developing an effective plan means you’re ordering the right materials to arrive at the optimal time. You’ve also relieved yourself of another problem: how to get rid of the material waste.
Use the right tools: On the floor, a craftsman would never settle for whatever tool is available to do the job. He’d look for the right tool. So, the screwdriver isn’t going to be a substitute for a hammer, and a planer won’t be used to cut metal. The right tool can make the job a breeze, and it will cut down on accidents, and the workarounds needed to adapt the wrong tool will be avoided.
Even the tools in the office make a difference. Using a design software that automates repetitive tasks–like placing hangers or assembling schedules–can shave hours off a design project. Programs that integrate your operations–from ordering to inventory to invoicing–also speeds processing and cuts down on errors when incorporating shared data.
Check, and double-check: The adage “Measure Twice, Cut Once” is still widely quoted for a reason: it’s right. Double checking your work–and the work of your co-workers–stops errors before they can cause significant problems in the field. Checking work prevents the need for re-work in the field.
Having the ability to automatically check calculations and ensure consistency among the data. A software suite, like eVolve, allows you to work more efficiently by allowing you to designate predetermined sets of elements, updating these sets to ensure consistency. It cuts down on work by making sure changes are applied universally, eliminating the need to find and update individual sets by hand.
The true key to being more efficient, however, is consistency: Consistently implementing, practicing and promoting the application of tested procedures and checks.
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Usually, what happens when you see an “Index was out of range” error, it’s because (1) your root folder was deleted or changed names, (2) there is already a folder or a file name in the destination location & there can’t be 2 files or folders with the same name, (3) the file or folder name contains a restricted character (like < > ^ \ / ), or in some rare cases, (4) a folder was inadvertently uploaded as a file.
There are many advantages to improving your fab shop, one being efficiency. A fab shop should be a structured outlet designed to efficiently organize material and easily send it out to contractors on the field. Having a best in-class fab shop will create a more efficient system that helps your company. Another benefit of having a best in-class fab shop is safety. Because the fab shop is operating in an organized and efficient manner, it won’t be necessary to have as many people working in the shop. And as a result, Bauman explained that, “the less people you have on a jobsite, the safer it is.” To go along with this, improving your fab shop leads to more organization, which allows you to complete the same amount of work with less people and save money in the process.