Twenty-Sixth Day: May 23, 2008 [Friday]

Date: May 23, 2008 [Friday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 7:00 PM

Today was my last day in my on-the-job training. My last 10-hour training from Dakay Construction and Development Corporation. The day I have to bid farewell to my fellows and to the site I first learn the value of work. Not much task was given except for the weekly routine of accomplishment report for the piling of concrete hollow blocks and plastering of interior and exterior walls, the shading of the accomplished areas piled with CHB, and those producing of plans and layouts of additional work of cistern tank.

I simply filled my day with a little strolling along the lobby of the buildings trying to comprehend and observe the workers. All throughout my stay in the project, I filled my days with a lot of observations and interviews with different workers to answer my curiosity, during the times no task is given. I made sure that as much as possible, I will gain experience and although I know that my 240-hour training is not enough to fill my needs of field experience, I am certain that my 240-hour stay in the field was such an enormous orientation of what lies ahead of me.

Twenty-Fifth Day: May 22, 2008 [Thursday]

Date: May 22, 2008 [Thursday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 6:00 PM

Not much task was given to me considering that I have only two days left in the site and I will be leaving very soon. The day was filled with few preparation of the third week billing for the sub-contractor of water-proofing, few photocopying and preparation of the plans and layouts of stairs, preparation of Concrete Pouring Requests and letting the sub-contractors to sign it. I somehow filled my day with a lot of on-site observations. I carefully observed the masonry workers, the steel man installing reinforcing bars on stairs and the installation of C-Purlins and some trusses.

Twenty-Fourth Day: May 21, 2008 [Wednesday]

Date: May 21, 2008 [Wednesday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 6:00 PM

The whole day was filled with the following tasks:

  • Inspection Building 2, Second Floor. I did an inspection of the rooms in the second floor of building 2 and observed that most of the rooms were not yet plastered. the windows were not yet plastered also and most rooms did not have air condition opening yet. Also, there weren’t any zocalo yet and most of the toilet and bathroom weren;t plastered yet.
  • Check Dimension and Elevation of Doors and Windows. Due to the mistake committed by the masonry workers which was the erroneous elevation of window in one of the rooms in the first level of building 2, I checked the dimension and the elevations of each of windows and doors in the second floor of building 2. I was also tasked to check the height of the doors of the rooms which has been installed with tiles already to make sure the workers installing the tiles followed correctly what was in the plan. The foreman of the electrical wirings consulted me as to the dimension of the windows and the air condition opening in order for them to place the wirings properly. I was able to provide him the layout of the window and the air condition opening which will be their basis.
  • Preparation of Concrete Pouring Request. I was tasked to prepare the Concrete Pouring Request for the Slab on Grade at Laundry Area along grid line G1 to G2 on the first floor of building 2 and the stairs along grid line G1 to G2 between building 2 and building 3 from ground floor to second floor. Each area needs 5 cubic meter of 4000 psi. class of concrete.

Twenty-Third Day: May 20, 2008 [Tuesday]

Date: May 20, 2008 [Tuesday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 6:00 PM

The whole day was filled with the following tasks:

The weekly meeting with all the sub-contractors involved started around 9:30 in the morning. The topic involved the different concerns from different sub-contractors. The Senior Project Manger acknowledged the masonry for having done well for the turned over rooms in the first level of both building 2 and building 3. However, he made mention of the reason why one room in building 2 was not yet turned over. I was able to reason out and explained and informed him that the rectification was on-going.

task:

  • Preparation of Concrete Pouring Request. I was tasked to prepare the Concrete Pouring Request for the Second Lift of Potable Water Cistern Tank along grid line C to D from grid line 2 to 3, prior to the scheduled pouring of concrete later that day.

Twenty-second Day: May 19, 2008 [Monday]

Date: May 19, 2008 [Monday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 7:00 PM

The whole day was filled with the following task:

  • Inspection Building 2. I had an inspection in building 2 and I have observed that most of the rooms were ready for hand over. So I called the attention of the lead man and the foreman and reported what was lacking in what room. However, there was a room which window is lower in elevation compared to the other windows. I informed the leadman and the foreman again and agreed to rectify it the soonest possible time. At the end of the day, I was able to hand over fifteen out of sixteen rooms to the Senior Project Manager, who will be the one to hand over the said rooms to the CDU Group.

As I was inspecting the rooms, informing the leadman to immediately accomplish the important details needed for the hand over, I was patiently waiting and observing them, not only for me to learn but also for them to keep on working the assigned task. I also requested some workers from the admin (DCDC) to bore holes in the toilet and bath for the soap and tissue holder. Before reporting to the Senior Project Engineer, I made sure that the rooms and lobby were already cleaned and so I requested the masonry workers to clean the place after they accomplished everything.

Twenty-first Day: May 16, 2008 [Friday]

Date: May 16, 2008 [Friday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 7:00 PM

The whole day was filled with the following tasks:

  • Estimate of Grooving. This was sort of an edit of the estimate I did few days ago prior to the changes made by the design consultant. This was to make sure that there are no large errors made and also to check the estimated values. My work was checked by a Site Engineer which somehow coincides with my estimated value. The Senior Project Manager also instructed me to provide quantity of linear Scanwolf PVC Plastic Grooving material. The standard length is 2.40 m. I also provided a breakdown for the two sub-contractors who will be charged for the orders to be made. I was tasked to order the 800 pieces of black Scanwolf PVC Plastic Grooving which is 20 mm in diameter.
  • Actual Accomplishment Report on CHB Piling and Wall Plastering. As part of the weekly task, I had another inspection to get an update of the Concrete Hollow Blocks piling as well as the plastering of interior and exterior walls prior to the weekly update of the S-Curve.
  • CHB Piling Update. Another weekly routine, I did an inspection in the three buildings to provide an update on the layout with CHB piled already. I simply shade the additional portion on the layout in the office of the Senior Project Manager for the update.

Twentieth Day: May 15, 2008 [Thursday]

Date: May 15, 2008 [Thursday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 6:00 PM

The whole day was filled with the following tasks:

  • Preparation of Billing of Sub-Contractor for Water-Proofing. Second week of billing for the sub-contractor of water-proofing and I was tasked to prepare his billing paper, encoded using the MS Excel, printed it. It was signed by the Project Architect.
  • Inspection of Building 2. As part of my daily routine, I had an inspection in building 2 and observed that there were still windows not smooth. I asked the leadman as well as the general foreman and their major problem is that their requisition for bags of cement was not yet delivered. They made sure to finish the rooms as soon as the cements are delivered.

During the afternoon, the Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department of the University of San Carlos, also one of the Structural Engineer of the Cebu Doctor’s Dormitory Project, came with three of our classmates to have a site visit. We were with the tour with them around the site with the Senior Project Engineer. We also went to the Robinland Business Center Project where the Dakay Construction and Development Corporation President gave us an orientation of the project.

Ninteenth Day: May 14, 2008 [Wednesday]

Date: May 14, 2008 [Wednesday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 6:00 PM

Engr. Rey Incorporado came and I had the chance to ask him about the distance of the grooving as well as those particular parts of the building which will be placed with grooving. He instructed me and provided with details of the areas to be placed with grooving tiles. He also suggested to tour us to inside Cebu Doctor’s University, just adjacent to the CDU Dormitory Project. We had a short tour inside CDU and experienced its modernized interior design which looked like a mall rather than a university. We got to see their two-court gymnasium, the 2000-seater theater, rooms and laboratories and their high mirror ceiling in the main entrance lobby. It was such a splendid experienced in such a reputable university.

The whole day was filled with the following tasks:

  • Estimate Grooving. After the instructions and details given by Engr. Incorporado, the design consultant of the project, I edited the estimate of the grooving of three buildings. The estimated linear meter grooving was more or less 1,750 meters. It was way smaller than the previos estimated linear meter which was more or less 3000 meters. My estimate was subject to checking by the Site Engineer.
  • Inspection on Building 2. I had another inspection on building 2 to report what was lacking for the Site Engineer to follow up what should be done since the rooms are subject for turn over. There were still minor details lacking which need further attention by the lead man. The lead man stated that he will accomplish everything the soonest possible time.

Eighteenth Day: May 13, 2008 [Tuesday]

Date: May 13, 2008 [Tuesday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 6:00 PM

The day started with the weekly meeting headed by the Senior Project Manager, with all the involved sub-contractors under the DCDC Management. The main discussion was regarding on the topics discussed from the meeting yesterday with the CDU Group. The Senior Project Manager also asked for possible room turnovers form the building I was assigned and the masonry sub-contractor explained for the cause of the delay. The masonry foreman stated that the rooms in the first level will be turned over withing the week or this coming Monday, May 19, 2008.

Some of the tasks were:

  • Preparation of Concrete Pouring Request. I was tasked to prepare the concrete pouring request of five areas to be poured. These were the stairs from ground floor to second floor in building 1, stairs from second floor to third floor in building 2, second lift of cistern tank along grid line A to C from grid line 2 to 3, cistern tank along grid line C to D from grid line 2 to 3, cistern tank along grid line E to F from grid line 2 to 3, roof beams along grid line A to D from grid line 1 to 2, and cistern tank along grid line F to G2 from grid line 2 to 3. I also prepared the plans and layouts to be attached in each respective CPR using the Autocad. The CPR was then signed by the involved sub-contractors.
  • Inspection on Building 2. I inspected the first level of building 2 to follow up for possible room turnovers and to observe if those lacking were already accomplished. Still, there were doors with incomplete plasters and were not yet smooth.

We had another visit in Robinland Project nearby where we observed the on-going excavation for the footings. The tower crane has been erected already. Sand bags were placed along the side of the project with adjacent buildings in order to provide safety to the adjacent buildings. Reinforcements has been placed and some are on the process of placing reinforcing bars for the footing. Some workers have started cutting the erected piles in order for them to start for the footing.

Seventeenth Day: May 12, 2008 [Monday]

Date: May 12, 2008 [Monday]

Morning

Time In: 8:00 AM

Time Out: 12:00 PM

Afternoon

Time In: 1:00 PM

Time Out: 6:00 PM

The whole day was filled with the following tasks:

  • Observe Leveling Using Layer Plane. Earlier, the masonry encountered a problem regarding the elevation of doors with respect to the elevation of the finish floor line. It came out that the height of the doors and windows in the first level of building 3 needs to be increased because there was a misunderstanding of the given dimension of the doors and the referred elevation. During the afternoon, a laser plane was set in order to level and mark the exact reference point. The laser plane was affixed to a tripod, mounted somewhere in the building and was activated. A receiver was placed on the door of the room to receive the signal. As the laser rotates rapidly, the worker who did the leveling tried to search the line where receiver and the laser plane coincides, which will be the basis of the reference for the elevation of the floor finish line.
  • Inspection on Building 2. Due to the problem encountered on the elevation and heights of doors and windows, the rooms in the first level of building 2 were not turned over to the CDU Group by last Sunday, May 11, 2008. The masonry workers did a major alterations on the doors and windows on Saturday, causing the delay. I did an inspection on the building and observed that there were still few work to do. I made a summary and handed it to the lead man assigned in the area for him to have an idea which room lacks which.
  • Preparation of Cistern Tank Plan. I was also tasked to provide photocopies of the revised Cistern Tank Plan. This was to be compiled as the DCDC’s copy for implementation, and another copy for documentation purposes.

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