Chesapeake & Midlantic
Can you define "switch cleaning" and "server cleaning", so we can be sure of comparing apples to apples?
IPVMU Certified | 05/29/14 02:07pm
Estimating labor is one of the hardest parts of the job, in my opinion.
'Camera cleaning' alone - do we mean indoor units that get dusty, or outdoor units that get rain, snow, mud, dirt, and insects?
Rough estimation followed something like this for me:
- Indoor camera installation (ie: drop ceilings, 8' height, new cable, focusless minidomes): 4 manhours
- Outdoor camera installation (ie: brick mount, lift or scaffold height, new cable, focus lenses): no way am I going to guess at that blind, too many variables
- Installing 1 door access control (ie: hollowcore steel door/frame, block wall, contactless readers, strike): 8 manhours
- Installing 1 door access control (ie: hollowcore wood veneer/frame, gyp wall, standalone wireless lockset): 0.75 manhours
- Updating/patching NVR OS (using MS): 1 manhour
- Updating/patch NVR VMS Software: 1 manhour - 8 manhours, depending on VMS vendor
The difficulty in accurately estimating labor is why many estimators fail. I might even adjust labor based on the actual members of the labor team. If I knew that three techs in particular had worked together on a similar task at the same site before, that estimate is less than a team of three new techs who had never been to the site, worked together, and were jerks to each other.
Like Ari I'd be curious to hear what your definitions of cleaning are. I'd tend to think you've got some pretty good estimates. But there are variables (the depth to which you clean) which will affect it.
Well, cleaning cameras to us means cleaning the dome bubble (inside out) and cleaning the plastic/metal casing from any caked on dust (if any). If there's dust inside the casing, then that must be cleared/cleaned to enable the cooling fans to work well and last longer.
If it's indoor, the inside of the unit is usually clean so it's just the exterior that is really cleaned. If it's outdoor, that's a whole nother story.
Cleaning servers/switches/UPS's/workstations - general dusting of the internals (if allowed by manufacturer and does not void manufacturer warranty). and applying updates as necessary, cleaning/checking logs for anything major, etc...
Michael - I'm from the field side and the field side is usually fighting tooth and nail with sales as to "why" such things take so long to do and are so costly.
Sales wants to keep driving down cost (unknowingly driving quality down as well) and I need to push back.
IPVMU Certified | 06/06/14 03:38am
Calling undisclosed A......where are you? There is a wealth of knowledge in this thread that just may help you. Hope your undisclosed status was not sniffed out and your being threatened by your employer.