RFI Example #1

This is an example request for information (RFI) that I helped a project manager edit.

For more information on RFIs see my posts: How to Write an Effective RFI Part 1: When and Why and How to Write an Effective RFI Part 2: Three Cs.

Original RFI

Per Plans, drawing S-5 and detail 3/S-10 show security grills to be installed at skylight areas. Per typical detail, 12/S-7 shows use of ½” galv. round bar to be welded to each other to create the grill pattern.

Welding the round bars will create distortion in the bars by which they will loose their straightness. Due to this, the final grill will also be distorted and will not sit flush with the ‘L’ angle frame per detail 3/S-10.

In lieu, we would like to propose use of ½” steel plate, CNC cut to match grill pattern, which will then be welded to the ‘L’ angle frame and then galv’d.

Please advise if proposal is acceptable or provide alternate solution.

[relevant contract drawings attached]

Editing

Per Plans, drawing S-5 and detail 3/S-10 show security grills to be installed at skylight areas. Per typical detail, 12/S-7 shows use of ½” galv. round bar to be welded to each other to create the grill pattern.

Welding the round bars will create [may cause] distortion in the bars by which they will loose their straightness [due to excessive heat input]. Due to this, the final grill will also [may] be distorted and will [may] not sit flush with the ‘L’ angle frame per detail 3/S-10.

In lieu, we would like to propose use of ½” steel plate, CNC cut to match grill pattern, which will then be welded to the ‘L’ angle frame and then galv’d.

Please advise if proposal is acceptable or provide alternate solution.
[Typically it is advisable to ask the reviewer to provide a solution. In this case, the fabricator has an alternate solution to propose if this idea is rejected.]

Final RFI

Drawing S-5 and detail 3/S-10 show security grills. Typical detail, 12/S-7 shows use of ½” round bar welded to create the grill pattern.

Welding the round bars may cause distortion due to the excessive heat input. Due to this, the grill may be distorted and may not sit flush with the angle frame per detail 3/S-10.

In lieu, we would like to propose use of ½” steel plate, cut to match grill pattern, see attached sketch.

Please advise if proposal is acceptable.

[relevant contract drawings attached and a drawing of the proposed piece]

Key Points

  • Eliminated 36 unnecessary words, added 9 words for clarity, net change of -25 words. I use a writing exercise of counting $100 for every word eliminated, equaling a net improvement of $2,500.
  • The final RFI is more clear and succinct.
  • If accepted, the proposal will save the fabricator time and welding costs and provide the owner with a better product.

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