Office Lighting Ideas

Office Lighting Ideas

The Lowdown on Office Lighting

Employees need perfect lighting conditions to thrive in the workplace, so good lighting is key to a successful and productive office. But many organisations fail to appreciate how important this is. And, given lighting in the workplace regulations, this could cause a number of problems. Therefore, it’s crucial that employers get to grips with office lighting. It may not be your area of expertise but, thankfully, workplace lighting is relatively simple. And, once you know what’s required, you should be able to easily implement an office lighting strategy.

Standards for Office Lighting

When it comes to workplace lighting there are certain standards which need to be met. The conditions of the Workplace Regulations Act 1992 stipulate that workplaces need to provide lighting which is both suitable and sufficient. In an ideal situation this should be natural light, but this is far from practical due to building designs and natural daylight cycles. And this is where office lighting provides a solution. For a standard office containing computer workstations and filing equipment, it is recommended that employees are supported by lighting levels of 500 lux.

Best Type of Lighting for Offices

With an understanding of what you need to achieve with office lighting, the next step is to take a look at your available options. There are numerous commercial lighting solutions, but the best ones are:

  • Fluorescent Tubes: A common sight in offices over the last few decades, fluorescent tubes are operated by a lighting ballast. This ballast is used to both start and maintain the necessary electrical operating conditions. Fluorescent tubes are available in a number of varieties, the most common being T12, T8 and T5, all of which have their own unique lighting properties. The tubes themselves are cheap to replace once they have failed, but the lighting ballast is significantly more expensive to change.

 

  • LED Panels: One modern lighting solution stands head and shoulders above all others and this is LED panels. Incredibly energy efficient and long lasting, LED panels utilise LED chips built into a combination of frames and plates. The small size of the LEDs allows manufacturers to produce these panels in a wide range of shapes and sizes. This allows you to select panels which are perfect for your office and, as opposed to fluorescent tubes, LED panels tend to focus the light into specific spaces rather than having a 360 degree span.

Office Lighting Surveys and Design

The basics of office lighting are straightforward, but it takes a certain level of precision and expertise to get office lighting right. Measuring lux levels accurately, for example, is something that requires training. And understanding the best light solutions to achieve optimum lighting is something that only comes from experience. Taking this task on yourself is, accordingly, not recommended. After all, you want to provide your employees with the best environment to work in. This is where they will be at their most productive. And this is why it pays to bring in a professional to carry out lighting surveys and help you install the best office lighting solutions.

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What is Electrical Installation Work?

What are the types of electrical installation work?

Electrical installations are crucial elements of any modern home or business. But they are also complex and, potentially, dangerous. And this is why it’s crucial that a professional always undertakes these works. You may be wondering how a professional electrical contractor is defined and it’s an excellent question. The answer is also surprisingly simple: they are defined by their certifications. These certifications and standards underline a contractor’s credentials and it’s important that you familiarise yourself with them.

What are the Different Types of Electrical Certification?

There are two main types of electrical certification:

  • Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC):

    This form of certification declares that a specific electrical installation is safe to use. This declaration starts from the date and time stated on the certificate. Typically, an EIC will be generated whenever any major electrical installations take place. Examples of where an EIC is required include fitting new lights, circuits and also specialist installations such as in bathrooms.

 

  • Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate (MEIWC):

    Whilst major electrical installations will always require an EIC, less intrusive and minor electrical works will only require an MEIWC. This form of certification will be issued when alterations and additions are made to existing circuits and cover non-specialist locations as opposed to bathrooms and kitchens. Much like an EIC, an MEIWC confirms that an electrical installation is safe to use and conforms to all existing regulations.

It’s crucial, as a property owner, that you obtain these certifications whenever any electrical installation work takes place on your property. Without the correct certificate you are walking a dangerous tightrope of operating with unregulated electrical installations. As well as the safety risks there is also the risk of receiving hefty fines from the authorities.

Working With the Right Contractor

If you want your electrical installations to be maintained correctly then you want to team up with a professional. And it needs to be one who understands the BS 7671 electrical installation requirements. This branch of regulations specifies that all wiring systems within a building need to be classified as safe. Important aspects of the BS 7671 include protecting wiring systems from thermal effects, electric shocks and any voltage disturbances. But how exactly do you find electrical contractors whose professionalism can put your mind at rest?

Although it is not a legal requirement, the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) acts as a seal of quality for any approved members. Backed with government approval, NICEIC regulates electrical training for contractors and ensures that certain standards are met and maintained e.g. conforming to the current edition of the BS 7671. Contractors who are registered with NICEIC regularly have spot checks on their work and are required to have a public liability insurance with a minimum value of £2 million.

Final Thoughts

Everyone wants their electrical installations to work correctly and with the minimum risk of danger. This can be a tough ask due to the many complexities and technicalities involved in electrical installations. But working with an electrical contractor who is well versed in the legal requirements of certification makes this easier. And, to guarantee levels of excellence and care, always work with a contractor who is registered with NICEIC.

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Electrical Installation in Construction

Electrical work in the construction field

Electrical systems are a crucial element of any construction site. Modern power tools and machinery are essential when it comes to construction works, so you need to be backed by strong electrical systems. These tools will allow you to complete works quickly and avoid the penalty payments associated with late completions. But where there are electrical systems there is complexity. And there are numerous hazards that come hand in hand with electrical installations. Understanding the setup and components of these systems, therefore, is essential.

Electrical installations on construction sites

Construction sites are hives of activity with all manner of machinery helping to provide a variety of different workforces. Accordingly, there will be a complex network of electrical installations, some interlinked and some standalone. The most common systems you might require are:

  • Temporary Power Supply: Not every construction site will have immediate access to an electricity supply. This could be down to the site being situated in a rural location or down to local geography. Either way, the only way to bring electricity to your site will be through a temporary power supply. These temporary installations are typically provided by local utility companies and provide your site with a constant electricity supply.

 

  • Fixed Wiring: Probably the most important electrical system to be found on a building site, fixed wiring helps support almost all electrical activity on site. Anything that is involved in distributing electrical power from A to B will be part of a fixed wiring system. Distribution boards, power cables and sockets are all part of fixed wiring. It’s a system which ensures that your workforce is able to power its tools and complete their work effectively.

 

  • Circuit Breakers: A crucial part of any construction site should always be safety. And, when it comes to working with electricity, safety is paramount. The biggest risk associated with electrical systems is electric shock, so your workforce needs to be protected. Thankfully, circuit breakers are systems which minimise the risk of electric shock. When an excess (and dangerous) current is detected, a circuit breaker automatically cuts the current flow. This protects the circuit and anyone working on it.

 

  • Generators: Even a construction site with a comprehensive power supply is going to need a helping hand here and there. But help is at hand in the form of portable generators. A common sight on construction sites, portable generators are powered by either fuel or batteries. These additions to your site allow you to operate tools and machinery at all times and in all locations

 

  • Electrical Switchboards: An essential part of any electrical system, an electrical switchboard helps to direct electricity on a construction site. The switchboard is a central hub which is used to direct electricity stemming from one main source to smaller areas of electrical activity. Switchboards themselves are divided into several different sections which one main power section and the rest dedicated to distribution.

 

What Makes A Good Electrical Installation

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Audio Visual Installation Checklist

Audio Visual Installation Checklist

The Importance of a Good Audio Visual Installation

Audio visual (AV) equipment has steadily become an integral part of our everyday lives. From the home to the office we need AV equipment to connect, work and play. For many people and organisations, lockdown has provided an opportunity to begin refurbishments where AV equipment is central, as we prepare for the eventual return to normality.

However, careful forethought is required to achieve a successful AV installation. Therefore, it’s important you understand what’s involved in a good audio visual installation.

AV System Design & Installation Checklist

AV projects, due to their many complexities, require strong planning and an Audio Visual Installation Checklist. There will, of course, be a number of unique demands for each individual project; these include the type of AV equipment required, the people who will be using the AV system and your budget. These three factors alone are packed full of additional variables, so you can see why planning is key. Fine tuning all of these elements and meeting their needs is the only way to succeed with an audio visual installation.

Modern Audio Visual Equipment

Understanding the AV equipment available to you is crucial for a successful project. And, thanks to advances in technology, you are spoiled for choice. In a home setting you will mostly be looking for equipment which can power home theatres and music systems e.g. amplifiers, speakers, televisions and smart systems that allow you to control all your equipment from one hub. Office settings will be less geared towards entertainment and more towards conferencing tools e.g. 4K cameras, microphones, speakers and connectivity devices.

AV Systems Integration

The sheer range of available AV equipment is incredible, but this doesn’t come without problems. Different technologies from different manufacturers aren’t designed with each other in mind. And this can cause issues when, for example, you are trying to connect one brand’s speaker with another’s amplifier. Additionally, getting multiple pieces of technology to communicate with each other at once is far from easy. There are few AV systems which will solely use technology from a single manufacturer, so integrating all of these devices is vital. And this is where an AV consultation can be a lifesaver.

Get an AV Consultation

As we’ve already discussed, an AV system is a complex collection of different technologies. Understanding how these can all work together harmoniously is difficult. And it’s not as simple as just reading through the instruction manual for each device. Instead you need to harness the skills and expertise of an AV professional. With years of experience at their disposal, they will be able to provide you with an AV consultation which answers all your questions. It’s a strategy which will not only ensure you meet all your AV requirements, but guarantees a hassle free installation.

Installing high-end AV technology

Installing high-end AV technology can be a significant factor when it comes to enticing staff back into the office or making your home more comfortable. But an AV system needs to be planned carefully. Without a tailored set of processes your installation will fail to reach its full potential. That’s why it’s important that you create an Audio Visual Installation Checklist with an AV consultant from the start.

 

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Fibre Optic Cabling in Business

Fibre Optic Cabling in Business

The Role of Fibre Optic Cabling in Business

Fibre optic cabling systems are becoming increasingly important in modern business. Communication, after all, is crucial when it comes to operating a business. Business needs information to be transmitted and received in several ways. And it has to be fast. We live in fast-paced times and anything below par is going to hinder you competitively. Fibre optic systems are vital for success and you need to know more about them.

What does Fibre Optic Cabling do?

Fibre optic systems use cabling which is similar to electrical cable. But there’s an important difference: fibre optic cabling uses fibres to carry light. This light can be transmitted over large distances, easily over 100km if necessary, and makes it perfect in communication systems. Optical fibres are generally housed within glass cladding, the glass helping to reflect back any light that escapes the core.

What are the 2 types of fibre optic cables?

It’s important to understand the difference between single mode and multimode fibre

two main forms of fibre cabling:

  • Single Mode: The core size of single mode fibre cables is very thin and this is where its innovation lies. Thanks to the thin core, light signals can travel directly through the core without the risk of bouncing off the internal sides of the cable. This significantly reduces the amount of light reflection created during transmission. The signal benefits from a sustained quality and, as a result, is able to travel successfully over long distances. Single mode cables are typically used to power the internet and telephone applications. 
  • Multimode: The size difference, when it comes to the cable core, is noticeably larger in multimode cables. In fact, the diameter can be up to ten times larger than single mode cables. Greater light gathering capacity is the main benefit from this difference. This allows light to travel along a number of different paths within a cable. Whilst these cables can only transmit signals over short distances they are perfect for connecting internal computer networks.

What is Fibre to the Desk?

You may have heard the phrase Fibre to the Desk mentioned before, but you’re only going to know what that means if you’re a communications professional. Thankfully it’s a simple concept. Fibre to the Desk is a cabling structure which directly connects end users to fibre cabling. This is notably different to Fibre to the Office which involves local conversion from fibre to copper cabling to connect users. Fibre to the Desk gives increased bandwidth and high speeds and is considered a superior solution due to its simplicity.

How Can You Test Fibre Optic ?

Fibre optic cables, as with any form of technology, are prone to wear and tear along with failures. Being able to test these cables is essential in maintaining them. The best way for testing the integrity of fibre cabling is through an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer – OTDR testing. The OTDR is able to compose a comprehensive picture of the state of fibre cables. It can be used to analyse splice loss, find faults and accurately measure lengths.  Performance or structural problems of your cabling system can then be identified and rectified.

How do they install Fibre Optic Cables?

For more information on fibre optic cabling installations please visit our Data Cabling page.

Also see PON networks – Passive Optical Network Installation

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What is data cabling used for?

Data Cabling and Why Business Needs It

There was a time when data cabling was only of interest to high tech companies. But it’s no longer the limited preserve of these companies. Thanks to advances in technology and falling prices, network cabling is now easily affordable for even the smallest businesses. And this is good news as it has the potential to take your business to the next level. It does this by simultaneously enhancing your productivity and maximizing your competitiveness.

What is Data Cabling?

We’re all aware of what cables are, but cabling for data is a little different. And cabling in office, commercial, warehouse and education settings is incredibly important to their operation. Accordingly, data cable installations are of interest to virtually every business. But what is it?

In its simplest definition, data or network cabling involves multiple devices within an IT network being connected by cables. This IT cabling comes in a number of categories such as CAT5e, CAT6 and fibre options. Typical data cabling installations will run from a specific device to a central communication cabinet to help facilitate the flow of data.

Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a cables, which are made from copper, can run at speeds of up to 1000 and 10,000Mbps respectively, but only over distances of 100m. Fibre cables, meanwhile, are also capable of speeds of up to 10,000Mbps, but this can be maintained over distances of up to 500m – 2Km. Copper cables, therefore, are suitable for shorter distances and fibre gives you more flexibility over longer distances.

How Your Business Uses Data Cabling

Data cable or Structured Cabling can provide a crucial boost to your business by being used in the following ways:

  • Connectivity: The most obvious benefit of data cables is that they can connect multiple devices to a central infrastructure. This allows information to flow seamlessly and quickly from point A to B. Almost every device within your business from photocopiers through to network servers should be able to benefit from data cabling. 
  • Data Cabinet Relocations: Structured cabling solutions are perfect when it comes to relocating data cabinets. IT cabling has, traditionally, consisted of many different types of cabling and this has contributed to complex setups. But the simplicity of modern cabling ensures that data cabinet relocation can be completed quickly and with the minimum of fuss. 
  • Enhancing Competitiveness: Modern data cable solutions have allowed businesses to become more competitive. For example, the rise in popularity of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has allowed telecommunications to use just one data for telephone and internet connections. This maximizes not just space, but also the efficiency of your IT setup. And, in turn, this allows you to push your IT systems and grow your business. 
  • Bolster Scalability: The use of structured cabling allows businesses the opportunity for scalability. Data cable installations, therefore, ensures that your IT and telecommunication systems have room for growth and, given the compatibility of different data cables, allows your systems to remain future proof.

With  Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a cabling now available to every business it makes sense to implement it within your infrastructure. Perfect for any form of IT setup, data cabling can future proof your technology and deliver results that will boost your productivity.

 

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Electrical Installations for Data Centres

Data Centre Electrical Installation

Data centres and comms rooms are crucial assets for any modern business. By installing these hubs within your company you are laying the foundations for both growth and competitiveness. Data, after all, is a key aspect of competing in the digital age. And, as anyone working in an operational data centre will tell you, there’s a lot of it.

But you need these areas of intense processing and power to be working to their full potential. To put it simply: there is no room for error. If, for example, you lose your comms room power then the majority of your business operations will stop. And this will spell disaster for your productivity and profits. Clearly, it’s important to have a reliable setup, but how do you go about achieving this?

What are Data Centres and Comms Rooms?

Before we go any further it’s a good idea that we understand exactly what these data centres and comms rooms are. The good news is that both terms are interchangeable and mean the same thing, so there’s only half the learning you were expecting. So, what is a data centre? Well, it’s simply a central location where an organization concentrates the main engine of its IT and telecommunications equipment e.g. data storage, network servers and telecommunication networks.

What Do You Need to Install a Good Data Centre?

Seeing as your data centre will be housing essential business elements, as well as needing to stick to server room standards, it needs to be installed correctly. To achieve this make sure you take the following into account:

  • Planning: The complexities of a data centre dictate that planning is critical when it comes to an installation. It’s not as simple as deciding where to position equipment and where the plug sockets need to be installed. Instead, you need to invest considerable time into understanding what your business needs and how your budget can best achieve this. It’s then a case of formulating a strategy to put this into place and give your company the best comms room it can have.

 

  • Power is King: Without power your business won’t be able to operate. Therefore, one of the most important elements of any data centre install is a reliable power supply. It not only needs to be able to cope with your demand, but it needs to do so with the minimum of problems. No power supply, however, is 100% perfect. And this is why installing emergency backup power supplies – such as a UPS and generator installation – is the surest way to maintain operations.

 

  • Scalability: A good comms room will hopefully be matched by a good business which, over time, grows. But this growth needs to be taken into consideration when designing and installing your data centre. IT and telecommunication technology is complex and far from space saving. Accordingly, your comms room needs to take this into account, so make sure there is ample space to house additional equipment, power supplies and cabling.

A world-class data centre will become the lifeblood of your organisation’s technological activities. And it will have the potential to push your business to new heights. But the intricacies involved with this technology mean it’s difficult to get right. And this is why it pays to connect with professionals who can both advise you on the best way forwards as well as delivering on these promises.

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PAT Testing in the Workplace

A Quick Guide to PAT Testing for the Workplace

Electricity is a form of energy which can be exceptionally powerful and is used extensively in workplaces. It can be used to power offices, factories and shops in a variety of ways. But electricity can also be dangerous. Any workplace, packed full of electrical products, represents a significant risk to your staff and your customers. That’s why it’s crucial that you regularly test your electrical appliances.

The most common safety test carried out is PAT testing. It’s a series of checks which safeguards people coming into your business and ensures that you meet the Electricity at Work Regulations. You may not be familiar with the methods behind PAT testing, so we’ve put together a quick guide.

What is PAT Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing (better known as PAT ) involves the examination of electrical products to verify their safety and confirm they are fit to use. The procedure takes in the following checks:

  • A visual inspection of both the cables and the appliance to identify any significant damage e.g. split cables and exposed components
  • An insulation test which measures the quality of insulation that protects any parts of the appliance which carry a current
  • Carrying out an earthing continuity test to determine whether earthing conductors are suitable enough to protect against electric shock

A PAT test can be completed relatively quickly by connecting appliances to a PAT testing device. If the appliance passes the PAT test then it can continue to be used. However, any appliance that fails its PAT test must be removed from service immediately. Although not a legal necessity, it is considered good practice to label individual devices with a PASS/FAIL sticker.

Electrical Testing in the Workplace

The Electricity at Work Regulations state that all electrical systems must be maintained in order to prevent any form of danger. The regulations do not specifically indicate that PAT testing itself is a legal requirement, but the fact remains that it’s a crucial step in maintaining appliances. PAT testing is a guaranteed method for evaluating the safety of electrical appliances. As such, it should form a part of every organisation’s maintenance routine.

When it comes to PAT testing frequency it is recommended that these checks are carried out as per below:

  • Offices, Hotels and Shops: Electrical appliances that fall under the class 1 category – stationary and IT devices – should be tested every four years. However the recommended time between tests is much shorter for portable equipment (every two years) and handheld equipment (every year) 
  • Public Use: Stationary equipment, along with IT systems, should be tested every year if they are being used by the public. Class 2 appliances – those which do not require an earth connection – are also subject to this yearly test. However, any portable and handheld equipment that is handled by the public should be PAT tested every six months.

Final Thoughts

PAT testing is one of the simplest methods of protecting your staff and your customers. Not only does it help your business comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations, but it minimises the risk of electrical accidents. Accordingly, it’s vital that your business understands all PAT testing requirements and also adheres to the recommended PAT testing frequency periods. Most important of all is to work with competent PAT testers who can confidently certify your equipment.

 

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Power and Lighting for Industry

Industrial Power and Lighting

Power and Lighting for Industry

When it comes to an industrial setting you need to make sure that you have the correct power and lighting in place. Without these crucial elements correctly installed, you are going to seriously struggle with your productivity. And this means that your business will be less competitive. Naturally, you want your business to be productive and competitive, so investing in the best power and lighting is of the utmost importance.

Why You Need the Right Power and Lighting

An industrial setting is both busy and dangerous, so safety is a vital factor. Power, of course, is the backbone of an industrial environment. But the methods by which power is supplied can be dangerous. Electrical cabling, for example, can cause numerous problems such as trip hazards; this is magnified in a situation where significant amounts of machinery are in use. And lighting is just as important. Industrial settings such as factories and refineries can be starved of natural light. Therefore, you need to ensure that these workplaces are lighted satisfactorily.

Modern Developments in Power and Lighting

Industrial landscapes have been part of our everyday lives for well over a century now. This is why there is such a huge industry based around supplying power and lighting solutions. But this doesn’t mean that all the relevant solutions are in place. The owners of industrial businesses may not even be aware of many of them. And, thanks to advances in technology, there is a revolution taking place in industrial power and lighting.

Some of the most exciting developments in this area include:

  • Smart Controlled Lighting Systems:

    The wonder of smart lighting has proved popular in domestic and office settings, but it has remained a stranger to industrial settings. However, this scenario is slowly changing. Wireless technology combined with powerful interfaces has opened up endless possibilities in the industrial sector. The systems are simple to install and allow you to customise your lighting needs with precision.

  • Under Floor Power:

    Industrial settings are busy workplaces and this calls for significant investment in health and safety measures. And one of the quickest and most direct ways to address this is with under floor power. Electrical equipment, of course, needs to be connected with cabling. But this cabling, aside from being unsightly, is also dangerous in an industrial environment. Under floor power addresses this by allowing you to run all cabling underneath walkways and work areas.

  • Temporary Lighting:

    Alternative solutions to lighting are always important to have; temporary lighting acts as not just a backup, but also a fantastic solution for working at night. Temporary lighting uses multiple lights that all connect to one power supply. It’s a solution which provides you with a portable lighting option that is perfect for any works taking place outdoors. It can also, if required, be implemented internally in case of any lighting failures.

 The Perfect Solution

It’s essential that businesses in the industrial market work with the best power and lighting solutions. Falling behind here will blunt your competitive edge and have a major impact on the safety of your workplace. However, industrial power and lighting systems are complex. And, due to the potential hazards of working with electricity, it is highly recommended that you team up with professionals. This will guarantee that your setup sticks to the relevant regulations and will be completed on time.

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Electrical Installation Surveys During Covid-19

How can I get an electrical installation survey done during lockdown?

With the new guidelines on social distancing and the message to stay at home, conducting an electrical installation survey is becoming increasingly difficult or not possible to carry out in person.

However this time shall pass and those projects that need to be completed will still need to be undertaken. A delay in survey will lead to lag in quotation, approval and the project being mobilised and undertaken.

The aim now is to reduce that time lag by still carrying out the earlier part of the process using innovative techniques and systems to complete these surveys and quotations allowing clients to put these budgets into their cash flow so when social distancing is reduced these works can happen immediately.

How can surveys be completed without coming to my place of business?

The majority of surveys can still be undertaken “off site” and the more information that can be collated during this process the more accurate the quotation will be for the needs of the client.

The majority of the information doesn’t change whether it’s a meeting on site or an off-site discussion. The numbers of cables required, the number of users moving into a building, the requirement of the electrical installations, the timescales to complete these works.

Also the construction of the space can easily be communicated which with the knowledge of the project management team accurate quotations can be built. For example, does the space have a false ceiling, a false floor, is there dado trunking around the walls of the offices, how long and wide is the space and where is the electrical cabinet in relation to those requirements?

Drawings allow the process to be even more accurate and will show our quotation team a visual of the space to gauge distances, routes and requirements.

The final element which then allows a 99% accurate quotation is the provision of photos and videos. With the information above and photos or videos of the proposed requirements our team is confident that the quotation provided offsite will be as accurate as an on site survey.

If someone is still based at their offices or place of business a simple walk through the building with Facetime, Zoom or Whatsapp will allow our team to provide the quotations you need.

What Project Surveys And Quotations Can Be Undertaken Off Site?

The majority of projects can be quoted accurately off site and are especially suited to the following due to the similar nature of the spaces:

  1. Offices
  2. Warehouses
  3. Data Cabinet tidy ups and re-patching
  4. Audio Visual Installations and Video Conferencing
  5. Schools
  6. New office space where estimates are required (moving to new offices)
  7. Data Centres
What project surveys and quotations are not suitable be undertaken off site?

The following projects usually involve some deeper understanding of the requirements and survey of the spaces and even though these projects are not best suited to off-site surveys than can still be quoted with a quotation range as a budget which can then be confirmed with an on-site meeting once the opportunity arises.

  1. Listed building and building with restricted electrical installation routes / drilling

Due to the complicated routes and limitations on what can be changed, drilled and have containment fixed, an on-site survey is usually best for these buildings.

  1. Residential Homes

Homes by their nature have no obvious routes for electrical installations, so seeing the building internally from the start to end point is important. These projects are best suited to an on-site presence.

  1. External electrical installations and fibre optic links between buildings.

Using technology such as Google earth can assist in proving quotations for these works but in a population dense area such as London the routes externally between buildings or spaces sometimes follow many changes of direction and elevation which cannot be seen or understood off site.

The advantages of Projects during social distancing

With the ability to still provide quotations during the social distancing stage we can then follow through with structured cabling installations during the shutdown of many offices, schools and places of business.

The advantages are that the work can be completed win a much safer way as the premises are empty, the works can be completed in regular hours rather than incurring an out of hours installation cost and in some cases the works can be completed quicker and more economical as the absence of employees in the space allow the works to be completed faster.

Accuracy and Guarantee

The more information that is able to be communicated the more accurate the quotation can be for the client. However in 20 years of pricing so many different projects we know from experience that over 95% of projects we have quoted in the past from off-site information have resulted in no changes to the price, once an onsite meeting has followed to firm up requirements, and of the 5% that have had the change the price hasn’t deviated by more than 10%, once further information was known.

Therefore, during these challenging times if we provide an off-site electrical installation quotation for you based on the information received during a conference call and with the required supporting information we will honour that set price if the on-site follow up doesn’t change the pricing by more than 10%. In essence it allows the cost to increase by 10% and we will still complete the works at the originally supplied quotation

For those quotations that can’t be accurately quoted a range of budget pricing can be supplied and firmed up on site once the situation allows to still enable the clients to budget in their cash flow.

Call us to book an electrical installation survey or a quotation, or simply to talk through your current project.

 

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