How Should We Breakdown Labor Estimates For Video Systems?

We are planning to survey integrators to collect baseline labor estimates for installing video systems.

The goal is to publish a guide that averages the amount of time it takes to do different tasks. The results could then be useful for developing labor estimates.

We would like your help in putting the 'labor categories' together. Here are basic examples of what we intend to survey:

Video Surveillance Task: (manhours each device)

Recorders

  • Installing VMS Server Software: X hours
  • Installing VMS Client Software: Y hours
  • Configuring VMS, per camera: Z hours
  • Configuring Camera, per camera: P hours
  • Hookup Server (physical installation into rack/network): Q hours

Camera Mounting

  • Drop Ceiling
  • Drywall
  • External Wall
  • Parapet
  • Pole
  • PTZ

Camera Focus/Adjustment

  • Camera refocus (manual, auto iris)
  • Camera cleaning (dome or front view window)
  • Camera firmware upgrade
  • Configuring motion detection (in camera)

Other

  • Setting IP address in camera (initially)
  • Connecting NVR appliance
  • Installing external Power Supply (not PoE)

Cable Installation

  • Cat5/5e/6/6A per 50': N hours
  • Coax per 50':
  • Fiber Optics per 50'
  • Installing Lightning Arrestors:
  • Category Cable Termination:
  • Coax Termination, 'F' Style:
  • Category Cable Certification
  • Install Network Patch Block:
  • Installing/ connecting media converters

There is also the question of how we handle different mounting locations. Do we break each category into a simple/difficult values? ('Simple' is ladder work, drop ceiling but 'Difficult' is Lift height, hard ceilings?)

What categories should we add, delete, adjust?

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