Instead of inundating the architect and engineer with a list of RFIs, which have a kind of negative connotation, I have prepared a list of Document Clarification RequestsTM (DCR).
I know. I know. "Isn't giving the A/E a list of DCRsTM the same thing as providing them with a list of RFIs? Isn't this just putting lipstick on a pig?"
No. It isn't. Here's the difference.
According to OR Design & Construction, an RFI is
a document submitted by the contractor to the architect in charge of construction administration requesting clarification on any matter pertaining to construction requirements.
A DCRTM has a slight (but crucial) difference. Yes, a DCRTM describes issues relating to construction requirements that require clarification. However, DCRsTM don't just identify problems; they offer solutions (which has become some what of a mantra at Tocci). DCRsTM often come with visual representations of the issue, so that the A/E can quickly understand the problem and solution.DCR Excerpt
DCR 5 . Block Wall
Reference Files: S101, S102
Description: The 2nd floor block wall indicated on sheet DCR-5 appears to be unsupported.
Suggested Resolution: Confirm current design or supply Tocci with a modification to the design.
Finding issues prior to construction is one of the values of modeling in-house. Issues don't just mean the results of a clash detection report; issues can be missing, conflicting or confusing information.