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Web Saves Time, Money for Civil Engineer Directorate

The 88th Air Base Wing Civil Engineer Directorate saved money and time by creating a system
to submit project design documents for technical and functional review through their Web site.

By Dann Andrews / 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, April 19, 2006 – Members of the 88th Air Base Wing Civil Engineer Directorate have developed a way to save money and time by creating a system to submit project design documents for technical and functional review through their Web site.

This electronic process allows review agencies to make comments and post them on the Web page, allowing flexibility and enhancing the coordination process.

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The former process for reviewing project design documents required having Civil Engineer members print eight to 10 copies of the design documents (which typically consisted of more than 300 pages, front and back).

With the new online project submittal review system, the Civil Engineer Directorate only prints two to three copies of the design book and maps for the engineers, organization and public review. 

"When Civil Engineer posts the project design books and maps through the Web page, we save more than $80,000 in in-house printing and labor a year," said Don Smith, 88th Air Base Wing supervisory survey technician.

The online project review system also saves travel time required to distribute the project design documents.

Instead of walking or driving to each organization to drop off the project design document for review, an e-mail containing the design documents is sent out that contains a link to the Civil Engineer Directorate Web page.

The reviewer has instant access to the documents for a certain amount of time.

"Distributing design documents for review used to take days, now it only takes minutes," said Jim Balsamo, 88th Air Base Wing Civil Engineer Directorate chief of design for Patterson Field.

The online project review system also provides more time for the reviewing agencies to accomplish their critical technical and functional review of the project design documents, according to directorate officials.

They said a more thorough review will significantly reduce the number of costly change orders once the project is under construction.

Change orders not only cost Wright-Patterson time and money, but can also impact the ability to accomplish critical base-wide mission.
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