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RFI to Provide the Location of Steps for the Seawall Foundation

Hello Friends! Welcome to my blog. My name is Dipak Varsani, and I am the author of madaboutconstruction.com. I am a Civil Engineer by profession, and I have taken the journey as a Site Engineer in my company.

In my previous blog "What is RFI in the Construction?", I have explained the meaning and importance of the RFI, and I did promise that for your more clarification, I will share an RFI for you to understand the RFI and learn how to write the RFIs? So, here I will explain one RFI.

My previous project was the seawall project, and the main team was the project management team. Project management team collect all the information from Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Marine Engineer, Structure Engineer and client, then forward it to us. We were the main contractor.

At the beginning of the seawall project, we wanted to start the excavation of foundation, but one drawing (Drawing-01) was showing structural details of the step/level. But, the plan (Drawing-02) was not showing the location of the steps, so we have prepared the Request for Information to provide the location of steps for the seawall foundation.

This drawing-01 was prepared by Structure Engineer and Marine Engineer jointly, and Drawing-02 was designed by Architect. But according to our contract, we could not write directly to them, so, we have captured our query as shown in below RFI and send it to Resident Engineer assigned by the project management team. (In below RFI we have shown two options like Architect and Engineer. But, you can write according to the nature of your project). So, in other words, the RFI was raised to the project management team, and then project manager forwarded to Architect, Marine Engineer and Structure engineer to sit down together and generate the information and response. Once they decide jointly on the location of the foundation steps, they produce details with the response and forward it to Project manager, and project manager forwarded it back to us (main contractor). So, this how it was happening in this particular project.

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RFI to Provide the Location of Steps for the Seawall Foundation


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Drawing-01, 150mm step in the seawall foundation.

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Drawing-02, Seawall plan without the location of step in the foundation of the seawall.
Refer above pdf file for full compiled RFI document. You can create such RFI as per your requirement and submit to your Architect or Engineer for missing information. Make sure you sign the document during submission and fill the date and time of submission, and the most important thing is don't forget to ask for acknowledgement of the submission.

If you do not get the response, then you can send the letter with the copy of acknowledged RFI to remind for the response. If still, you don't get the response and your works get delayed then refer the contract clause and send the official work delay notification. If you do not notify for the delay due to lack of information, then you may not get additional time to compensate for this delay caused due to insufficient information.

I hope this example has cleared your basic of the RFI's. In the next blog, I will share the response and further clarification about the RFI, till then you practice on how to write RFI and if you have a query, please ask in below comment box. If you want the Excel or Word file of this RFI, then you can write to me in the below comment box.

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