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During the nearly forty years that Barlines Rebar Estimating & Detailing, Inc. had been providing rebar estimating and detailing, they have always been the go-to engineers when Sales Dept. is targeting a certain project or when ENGINEERING has a project that has gone astray. Unique in the industry, Barlines once was contracted by Fontana Steel of Southern California to exclusively do all their estimating and detailing. For five years Fontana Steel had their best years ever until they became desirable for CMC to acquire them. During the five years Fontana had access to a large database collected by Barlines according to Bidders, Design Engineers, Categories and Bid Results. With Barlines Predictive Analytics they were able to target iconic jobs all over the state – from the Muni Metro Projects in San Francisco to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Being among the early subscribers of Applied Systems Associates they have contributed a few innovations of their own, such as Concrete Mensurations. To date, they are among the few that not only take-off rebar, but also reports on number of Pours, Cages, Conc SF, and Conc LF. Making this factor available, allowed them to compare current estimates against similar estimates by similar design engineers – so as to have a tangible check on accuracy. These same factors also allowed anyone pricing field labor to know not only average bar size but also density of rebar in a given concrete. When introduced over 35 years ago, Bethlehem Steel proclaimed it as the best contribution in rebar estimating.
Currently, Barlines is the rebar estimator for Shimmick/FCC/Imprgilo JV on the GERALD DESMOND BRDIGE REPLACEMENT in Long Beach, California, a Design/Build mega project, expected to be more than 20,000 rebar Tons. They function as estimators for phases ready for bid solicitations and reviews all Change Orders from CMC and GERDAU.

In the last ten years alone, they have not started but have been called to get the rebar detailing in numerous projects in-line and on track into completion. In most of these jobs, they find one or more keys to success are missing at the very start. Most were failing because they were outsourced to detailers who lacked knowledge of local ironworker’s practice and were forced to do multiple takes on each of their submittals. Some fail outright, when detailers lack expertise only learned through experience on a particular type of work. How many sports stadium, airport terminal, bridges and large infrastructures have they done? Then they also fail, when their resources are so few to handle extremely large jobs where work progresses from all 4 quadrants simultaneously. Worse is when detailers fail to account for the latest in placing/fabrication technologies to reduce costs and time, such as the use of Unities, Fusion Welded Ties and Stirrups, mechanical Couplers & Terminators.
Less than 10% of the United States is in an Installed Market – 90% is in an F.O.B. market. Outsource detailing service outside the United States draws most of their work from the F.O.B. market. The F.O.B. market does not care much about constructibility issues – the use of UNITIES and Fusion welded Ties by Schnell’s IDEA Machine to reduce field labor. They do not look for value engineering, such as the use of terminators or mechanical couplers to reduce congestions. When they venture to the Installed Market – predictably they all fall apart – not because their detailing is bad but mainly because local practices were not applied. A brand new building in Las Vegas being demolished may be a good example.
Barlines, in recent years, have been contracted to teach Rebar Estimating and Detailing as practiced in the United States in Pune, India.

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