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What is Heavy Construction?

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Heavy construction is a subset of the construction industry geared toward larger structures. Because of the amount of engineering and project management that goes into heavy construction, specialized equipment and highly experienced individuals are part of the successful completion of a project. In many cases, these are municipal and government projects. So how should companies and government entities plan for large-scale heavy construction? Read on to find out.

Heavy Construction Planning: The First Step of a Successful Project

Before starting any heavy construction project, planning is essential. This multistep process starts with a project initiation document or PID. This preliminary document estimates the cost of the project (budget), the necessary materials to complete the project, and how many workers are required. Without this document, construction firms cannot conduct a feasibility test of whether the project is profitable or doable.

EPS Inc. has been serving our municipal, commercial and residential clients for multiple decades. Our experience, manpower and equipment availability gives us the ability to be price when planning a heavy construction project. We are the Bay Area heavy construction company of choice for many municipality projects due to our commitment to quality and excellence.

Once the construction company drafts a PID, it moves on to more specific estimates of the resources required, as well as technical portions of the project. Using the PID, a more accurate and specific plan comes together, as well as a strategy to complete the project under these rubrics. Many times, construction software eases this complex step and crunches numbers to provide the information for a proposal or presentation.

Equipment and Manpower for Heavy Construction

Determining the equipment and manpower for a heavy construction project isn’t always easy. Volatility in economic conditions and other situations can cause variability. In this regard, estimates may change.

However, the initial step of project planning can provide a solid estimate for the amount of equipment and manpower. A formulaic approach can help determine this number, as well as past projects. The idea is that a company with more experience in municipal and large-scale construction projects is more apt to provide a concrete idea for these numbers.

In addition, heavy construction firms must make seemingly smaller decisions that have a huge impact on a project. This includes aspects such as:

  • Whether to lease, buy, or use already purchased equipment
  • What subcontractors to hire
  • Whether to hire temporary personnel to meet the demand of the project
  • Where to buy wholesale materials
  • Other logistical considerations

By determining these needs, a heavy construction project can move forward without any hiccups. In this regard, trade magazines and journals are a vital resource to limit the amount of overhead and get the best workers for the job. Experienced firms may already have a team of suppliers and workers assembled to limit the chances for sunk costs.

Beyond these vital aspects, heavy construction companies must also devote a portion of their efforts to contingency plans. Few projects of this scale will proceed without a hitch. Therefore, a contingency or emergency plan can prevent a bleeding of resources and cash flow.

By choosing a company that has the necessary manpower, machinery, and expertise to finish a heavy construction project, governmental organizations and private builders can avoid any headaches during the process. With a well-constructed building delivered on time and under budget, all parties can enjoy the result of planning and project management.

When you rely on our EPS team, you’re in good hands. From manpower to equipment availability and experience. We get the job done! Contact us with any heavy construction project you’re planning, and we’ll be glad to assist you from start to finish.


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Local Infrastructure and Municipal Underground Projects Continue During the Covid-19 Shelter in Place

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Businesses across the country have suspended their operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and many more have cut their staff to all but essential workers. However, local infrastructure and municipal underground projects can’t slow or stop as a result.

Residents of these areas need the infrastructure and underground utilities during shelter-in-place orders, and municipalities are forced to continue their workload in the face of danger and adversity. Thanks to the selfless work of these individuals and government planning, none of the essential services that people need will halt as a result of Covid-19.

Underground Sewer

Underground sewer systems are among the most important services to residents during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially as these services come under strain due to more usage. Fortunately, underground sewer repair and other projects will continue during the outbreak to ensure that these services continue uninterrupted.

Although there’s little evidence to support that Covid-19 can spread through sewer systems, protecting against sewage backups remains crucial. Many residents may find that a sewage overflow may cause problems, specifically because of the lack of cleaning supplies as a result of panic buying.

Therefore, municipal workers will continue to monitor sewer systems, build new lines when necessary, and conduct repairs. These projects will also follow all current mandates and safety procedures to keep workers and residents safe.

Utilities

Although utilities supply the power necessary to curb cabin fever and reduce boredom, they also play a vital role in the everyday lives of citizens, especially during the Covid-19 outbreak. Without gas, power, internet, and telephone lines, the ability for people to cook, work remotely, or contact family members and emergency services becomes compromised.

During the Covid-19 shelter-in-place requirement, municipal crews continue their normal routines. This will include the inspection of all above-ground and underground utility lines, as well as any repairs necessary due to weather, wear and tear, or any other type of issue. Like other businesses, these workers will apply social distancing guidelines and other protocols designed to minimize the spread of Covid-19 to coworkers or other members of the general public.

Emergency Pipe Replacements

Pipe repair and pipe replacement are two essential services that homeowners and renters need to survive and maintain their quality of life during the coronavirus pandemic. Without fully functioning pipes, water systems, and other utilities can be rendered useless. When pipes fail, it can create a catastrophic scenario, especially for customers who are confined to their home for the near future.

Municipalities understand the importance and maintenance of pipes. As a result, they continue to put crews to work, albeit with safety guidelines in place. Thanks to the efforts of these workers, everyone affected by Covid-19 can enjoy uninterrupted services and maintain their way of life as long as possible, despite the challenges posed by coronavirus.

Through planning and strict safety guidelines imposed by municipalities, residents can enjoy the services they need to make life easier during the Covid-19 pandemic. In these times of uncertainty, having these services will at least provide a bit of consolation and reassurance.

EPS Inc. has been a partner of Bay Area municipalities for multiple decades, we want to honor those that continue to serve during these difficult times facing our nation and are proud to support their efforts on municipal infrastructure projects whenever and wherever they need us.


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How Critical is Project Planning with Civil Engineering?

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Project planning in civil engineering is crucial to any municipal sewer, plumbing, or underground technology projects.

Unfortunately, many companies and contractors may say they have the know-how to complete the project, but leave the city and the taxpayers empty-handed.

Before you pull the trigger on massive sewage or plumbing undertaking, consider a highly devised plan and a company that has the knowledge to get the job done under budget and on time.

Why Poor Project Planning Exists

Before you get into planning a successful project, it’s integral to point out why poorly planned projects fail. In most instances, municipal engineering projects fail because of a lack of understanding, unrealistic expectations, far-fetched budgets, work crews with no experience, or impatience on both sides.

By keeping these potential failures insight, you can set yourself up for projects that will succeed within the stipulations of the city budget or the expectations of local politicians.

Proper Project Planning is All About Experience

EPS Engineering in the Bay Area has been providing planning, engineering, and underground construction services to local municipalities for multiple decades.

The key to any successful job is to hire a crew or company based on knowledge and experience. Our EPS Engineering team plays a crucial role in planning because we have the “been-there, done-that” mentality. When a problem arises, we have the on-the-job experience to know exactly what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.

In the cases of municipal waste and plumbing, a highly trained individual can observe the current situation, assess what needs to be done, and give a step-by-step plan on what needs to be done.

Not only does this bring the project to fruition in less time, but it also allows you to sync your budget with the project.

The Right Equipment for Civil Engineering

Even if you find an experienced crew ready to tackle the job, a company or contractor without the latest equipment can cause problems. When sewer or plumbing lines need replacement, traffic, olfactory conditions, and general unrest among citizens can derail a project if it lasts too long. The solution is to find a company that’s invested in their business enough to use the latest in excavation and plumbing technology. Using this equipment, they can get the job completed on time at a minimal cost or disturbance to taxpayers.

At EPS Engineering, we make sure we have the most advanced equipment and utilize the advanced, strategic techniques to get the project planning and execution accurate.

The Benefits of Planning

Careful planning can help turn failure into success. The most beneficial aspect of planning is that it can identify and mitigate risks. This works on both a small and large level. Even the smallest idea such as what equipment of personnel to use can have a profound effect on the result. Working hand-in-hand with a contractor can help you find the root of the problem and prevent it from happening.

Another advantage of planning or working with a contractor before entering a plumbing or sewer project is that it can reduce the failure rate of the project.

Expectations become imminent and assumptions are laid to rest. Above all, this irons out the situation and avoids any bumps or pitfalls. Yet only the right contractor can make this happen. It’s up to you to choose the right one for the job.

While municipal projects may seem to have an infinite budget, the coffers of the local government are only so deep. The next time you want to retool or replace existing or failing sewer and plumbing systems, work with EPS Engineering and Plumbing in the Bay Area. We put our experience, equipment, and techniques to work which always leads to project success.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss an upcoming project in the Bay Area, contact us to schedule a project discussion meeting.


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What do Our San Francisco Underground Construction Projects Consist Of?

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When we talk about underground in San Francisco, one might automatically think of an underground nightclub.  Well, it’s not quite as exciting but for our underground construction crew, it’s just as much fun.  Being a Bay Area underground contractor, we see many projects in the area that involve new construction and existing construction.

Trenchless Underground Projects

No matter what the project involves underground, we use our expertise and advanced equipment to get the job done.  Trenchless is the way to go because it saves time, and money.  Something both the client and as an underground construction contractor we appreciate also.

Less disruption occurs to the surface above, therefore, less repairs to put things back in order.  View our recent sewer rehab project in Daly City involving 1700 feet of underground pipe.

 

Underground Pipe Replacement

The most common underground construction projects in the Bay Area involve pipe!  all kinds of pipe, whether it’s sewer replacement, pipe freezing, pipe reaming, repair and more.

Besides the trenchless method, we rely on other critical equipment that allow us to efficiently complete the various San Francisco underground construction projects such as laser guided bore, and more.

We are the #1 referred and preferred underground utilities contractor in the Bay Area.  Builders, homeowners, and business owners throughout the area call on our expertise and equipment to run conduit as far as the eyes can see.  Water, gas, electrical cable, and whatever else is needed.

Underground construction isn’t as simple as having one piece of equipment.  For over 25 years, we’ve been serving the Bay Area and have tirelessly invested in the most advanced equipment available to insure expeditious completion of projects.

EPS Express Plumbing is your source for underground utilities, commercial, residential, and municipal projects anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you have a project coming, contact us for a detailed proposal that will meet your schedule and budget needs.


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