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Construction submittal / Material Procurement Escape Room training activity

This construction submittal (material procurement) training activity was built to help teach and train project engineers and managers on this complex task for our construction projects. If you are tasked with managing this critical process, this training and exercise is for you! While it seems easy, it is quite complicated and includes many elements (submittals, manufacturing, scheduling, subcontractor buy-in, etc.) to ensure our materials are delivered to the job site on time. Ready to test your skills and see if you can get the steel to the job site on time by solving Well Works' "Construction Project Material Procurement Escape Room"? 

Chalkboard boxes with finger pointing at it.

Material procurement and tracking are vital parts of a construction project's success. It's the management materials. While the submittal process verifies the proposed materials are correct per the documents, we also need to know how long these submittals will take to be reviewed, returned, and processed, the materials to be fabricated and shipped to our job site to keep our project teams productive and efficient. 

Willing to give it a shot?

Let’s do this!

This challenge is set up a bit like an escape room. The main question is, using all of the information provided, will the steel be delivered to our job site before it is needed for installation? If it is, then you win (and your team wins). If it isn't, we need to think outside the box to try to get the steel out on site on time. Most of the time, we don't receive all the information in a nice complete package, so to solve this puzzle, you will need all the different resources below, a bit of brain power (maybe some coffee), and grit to solve this challenge!

Step 1:

Watch the short video to the right to best understand the equation we will need to tackle this challenge.

Step 2: Review the reference documents

We have sent a Letter of intent (LOI) to our steel supplier this morning. We also left a voicemail asking them to start their submittal process and requested current fabrication times to get an idea of the lead times. They returned our call and left a voicemail below.

reference documents:

Check your voicemail --->

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Well Works Material Procurement Equation

Based on the information gathered above in the ‘Material Tracking Worksheet’, and using the equation, would our steel be on-site in time to be erected on the date it is currently scheduled?

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