A critical initial step in any project is to determine if the project is feasible, and to make that determination while spending the least amount of time and money in the process. In order to complete that analysis, the collection of accurate data and investigation is key. We research records at the City and use Internet resources and GIS mapping to determine what is currently known about the project site and what additional information needs to be gathered to make an informed decision.
Once a decision has been reached to proceed with a project, the preliminary design stage can begin. This step is the process of refining and adjusting the design, working out all of the details for the engineering of the project. The goal here is to finalize all of the design decisions before proceeding with the final construction documents.
LPS’s experience has taught us to anticipate additional changes in the project’s layout after coordination with all of the parties involved. These changes could be due to additional surveys needed to verify existing utility depth locations to avoid crossing conflicts, coordination with adjacent property owners for easement or right-of-way acquisition, or private utility companies for utility relocations.
The preparation of the final plans is a reflection of who we are as a firm. As engineers, it is our showpiece. Although just black and white, these construction documents allow us to display what we are passionate about: solving problems with the best solution and conveying that information in the most clean and concise format possible.
Upon final approval of the construction plans, LPS will provide all services necessary to place the work under contract through the competitive bidding process. Preparation of clear and concise bidding documents is important for the contractor to have a clear understanding of the scope of the project and all the special provisions/requirements associated with it.
We thrive on this stage as it takes us back to our engineers’ roots and why we became design consultants. It is our opportunity to be involved in the implementation of all the research, planning and design that has occurred over the previous months and to ensure that the design is implemented correctly.