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Contractor Assistance

There are many different ways to build track. Some right, some wrong; some profitable, some not so profitable; some last a long time, some do not. Choosing the right means and methods and establishing order and continuity can make or break a job since trackwork is typically linear. Assigning the right number of people to each activity at the beginning can set the pace for the entire project. Tracking cost and adjusting labor as required are paramount for a successful project.

Remember the 5 Ps! This may make the difference between profit
and doing a job for free!

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Production

Track Guy Consultants provides Railroad Contractor Assistance to Contractors by sharing 38+ years of experience with everything involving Track Construction specializing in:

Contractor Consultation

Project Management

Bid Preparation

  • Means and methods
  • Procedures
  • Innovations
  • Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Project controls
  • Quality control
  • Cost tracking
  • Budget
  • Schedule
  • Execution
  • Communication
  • Project Management Course
  • Estimates
  • Evaluations
  • Comparisons
  • Competency evaluations
  • Contact list
  • Preparation of RFPs
  • Scope comparisons

Value Engineering

Comprehensive Training

Track Inspection

  • Assist in cost saving techniques
  • Innovative procedures
  • New technology
  • Research and assistance in the approval process
  • APTA Training
  • Custom training modules
  • Seminars across the country
  • Onsite training
  • Terminology
  • Engineering design and construction
  • FRA inspections
  • Upgrades
  • Life cycle graphs
  • Long-term maintenance budgets

Model Building

Cost Management

Quality Control

  • Build construction models to visually explain reality and increase Owner's and CM's understanding
  • Cost controls
  • Cost projections
  • Trend sheets
  • Change orders and delays
  • Submittal Lists
  • Submittal Schedule
  • Quality Control Manual
  • Quality Control Library
  • Comprehensive Training
  • Field Inspections
  • Project Close-out Checklists

Example of Railroad Contractor Assistance

During the course of planning a project, we think about many different ways to build the work. Some people simply follow what the estimator said and others think outside the box for innovative and creative ideas that can save money and achieve the same goal more efficiently and in less time in order to beat the budget and bring in some extra profit. The following is an example of this thinking process.

There are two basic construction methods. We will explore two methods as it applies to the construction of Direct Fixation Track.

  • Method 1 is "Top Down"
  • Method 2 is "Bottom Up"

Direct Fixation Track is a popular way of fixing rail to a concrete pedestal (plinth), leaving the rail fully exposed and isolated for stray current protection. The old way (bottom up) , and in some cases the still used way; grout pads are poured first, the holes are drilled through the pad and into the invert. Anchor bolts are grouted in place and fasteners attached to the concrete. Rail is set and final alignment and elevation are set with shims. This method is time consuming, not very friendly to stray current and requires the rail to be jacked up very high to change a fastener. The preferred way (top down), sets the rail to exact alignment, gauge and elevation prior to concrete being placed. Fasteners are then attached to the rail with female inserts under the fasteners. Concrete is now placed and the rail is set and ready for trains. This method guarantees stray current protection and exact alignment, both vertical and horizontal. In a tunnel environment, care must be taken to allow for the additional height of the track structure.

Sometimes it is hard to accept that there may be a problem. Sometimes all it takes is an outsider looking in to identify a more efficient and cost effective way to do activities. Everybody can play sidewalk superintendent and hind sight is always 20-20. There is nothing wrong with getting another opinion to evaluate. If a potential problem is identified early, it can save millions. It happens to the best of us, where everything is going along just fine and all of a sudden the crew runs out of inserts and they can't pour concrete and now you are dreaming up busy work for the crew because your convinced that if you lay them off, you'll never get them back. Now your cost is looking bad and you're yelling at the Foreman for not telling you that you were low on bolts. Now you get the inserts flown in and pay an outrageous price for that. You finally get back to pouring concrete, but for some reason you're not getting the same production as when you stopped. This is what is called an interim learning curve. It does happen.

Let The Track Guy share his experience with you!

John Zuspan, President
Track Guy Consultants
934 Royal Court
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Mobile: 973 222-1300

Email: zuspan@trackguy.com

Call The Track Guy today and Let's Talk Track!

Direct Fixation Track

Direct Fixation Track

Direct Fixation Track

Direct Fixation Track

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