The structural engineering project I am currently working on has gotten to the level where I have to procure sand, to move it forward. This is after having completed the design and planning, as well as the site clearing phases of the project. We have now gotten to the point where we have to set up the first set of columns to support the building that will eventually occupy this space. We already have the steel, cement and gravel for the task. What remains to be procured is the sand.
In all the structural engineering projects I have been involved in previously, I never handled the aspect of materials procurement. The procurement was always done for me: leaving me with only the task of providing my expertise. This is understandable, because previously, I have been largely involved in public (government) projects: ranging from bridge constructions to dam construction to county jail and federal prison construction projects. The current project is different: it is a private project, and I have to procure the materials.
I have come to learn that there are two ways in which I can go about procuring the sand for use in the structural engineering project.
The first way in which I can procure the sand for use in the structural engineering project is by buying it from the dealers (brokers) who trade the commodity.
The second way in which I can procure the sand for use in the structural engineering project is by buying it directly from the folks who are involved in sand harvesting.
I have discovered that there is a way in which I stand a chance to save my client — the person who has awarded me the structural engineering project — a great deal of money. That is by buying the sand directly from the people who are involved in sand harvesting. But this approach to sand procurement takes a lot of time – and it is unviable in the current circumstances, where I have strict instructions to hasten the structural engineering project as much as I can. This leaves me with no alternative, but to buy the sand from the dealers – in spite of the fact that I know we are being fleeced by the fellows.