Materials management programs are common in today’s construction industry, taking into account product procurement, inventory management, and delivery of the needed supplies.
From purchasing to installation, a materials management program makes sure the right product, at the right price, gets where it needs to be on time and on budget. Such programs commonly include:
In construction, materials management focuses on everything from concrete and raw building materials to lighting systems, windows, and doors. All of these elements are discreet and quantifiable, with little mystery behind their estimation and management.
The one area where these methods routinely break down is in the acquisition, administration, and delivery of HVAC ductwork.
When it comes to ductwork, why is materials management more difficult than, say quantifying and managing the number of windows to be installed?
It starts with the fact that determining the cost of ductwork can be an estimating nightmare, with no less then 3 possible methods used in purchasing the sheet metal to begin with – Theoretical Nominal, Theoretical Minimum, and Actual Weight (reference SNIPS Magazine.)
Which to choose depends on an understanding of the job in question as well as the buying situation, and making the wrong choice has real consequences with double-digit effects on profit and tens of thousands of dollars at stake.
From there, the problems multiply almost exponentially. Traditionally, HVAC duct ordering starts with an experienced manager on the job site, performing field measuring and sketching labor. FMSL is a time consuming and expensive task which includes measuring areas, determining obstructions, sketching runs and fittings, determining lengths and elevations, etc.
These manually acquired measurements are then often entered multiple times into various software systems, first by the General Contractor, then the HVAC Contractor, and finally the HVAC Fabricator, all in search of the actual needs and costs of the ductwork required at the build site.
The convoluted flow of information, opportunities to introduce error, and the delays of an outdated and inefficient process cost contractors in money, delays, and aggravation, and all these by no small amount. At The Cincinnatus Group, we’ve determined that the difference between the traditional method of ductwork acquisition and an optimized process can be up to 35% in total costs.
At The Cincinnatus Group, we are “called to solve, where others struggle.” More than offering software, precision takeoffs, accurate estimating, on-time delivery, inventory management, or billing assistance, we’ve rolled it all up into a single, comprehensive process.
We call it DuctFlow PPO™ > Program ◆ Process ◆ Optimization, and it is an all-encompassing materials management process that helps you smooth out the kinks in the system, saving money and simplifying processes at every step. It’s an acquisition pipeline that encompasses the use of software, the development of proprietary processes, and the optimization of activities along a critical path, from takeoffs and estimates, through production, to delivery and billing.
What is a ductwork materials management program? It’s when you save money, time, and headaches when The Cincinnatus Group takes charge and delivers a comprehensive, optimized ductwork acquisition process from day one.
Our DuctFlow PPO™ methodology is a proprietary program found nowhere else. We think it’s an industry changing process, and we invite you to learn more
Take your ductwork material acquisitions to the next level with our cutting-edge programs. Give us a Call Today at 878-295-8009, or visit our Contact Us page to learn more.