Access Control Job Walk Guide

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 22, 2019

Significant money can be saved and problems avoided with an access control job walk if you know what to look for and what to ask.

By inviting interested parties onsite for pre-bid job walks, many of the site conditions inadequately described in solicitations can be examined firsthand.

This detailed guide goes step-by-step explaining what to look for and ask, including key issues such as:

  • The 4 key tools you need to take with you
  • The 3 details you must note when reviewing each door
  • The 4 things to look in access networking
  • The 6 parts of access systems that typically can be reused in new systems

Finally, we conclude with a 5 question quiz to test your knowledge.

*********** ***** *** ** saved *** ******** ******* **** an ****** ******* *** walk ** *** **** what ** **** *** and **** ** ***.

** ******** ********** ******* onsite *** ***-*** *** walks, **** ** *** site ********** ************ ********* in ************* *** ** examined *********.

**** ******** ***** **** step-by-step ********** **** ** look *** *** ***, including *** ****** **** as:

  • *** * *** ***** you **** ** **** with ***
  • *** * ******* *** must **** **** ********* each ****
  • *** * ****** ** look ** ****** **********
  • *** * ***** ** access ******* **** ********* can ** ****** ** new *******

*******, ** ******** **** a* ******** **** ** **** **** *********.

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Four ***** ******

****** *** ***** ***** makes **** **** ********* and *********. * *** walk's **** ******* ** essentially ** ****** ** much *********** ** ******** in * ***** ****** of ****.

** *** *****, **** job **** *********** ****** carry *** ********* ***** to **** **** **** productive:

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** ***** ** **** detailed ***** ***** *** facility ***** **********, * key ******** ** **** is * ****** ******* of *** ****.

** *** ******** ** a *** *******, * common ****** *** ******** drawings***** ******** ****** '**** Evacuation ******' ** **** buildings.

** ** ******** *** available, ****** ********'* ****** *** ********** camera ********** *** ******* * **** start *** ******* ****** sketches. ** *** ****, having ***** ******** ****** the **** ****** ***** recording ********* ******* * quick *******. 

Measuring *****

******** ******** *** ********** should *** ** *******, as ****** ******* ***** cover ******** ** **** and ********* ** ******.

** ***** ** *** ********* *** ******** ************ Guide, ******** ******** *** length *** ******** ** best ******* ** * tape *******. ******* ****** measurements **** ****** *** length ****** ** * 16' - **' ****** tape, *** ************ ********* (such ** ********* ** server ***** ** **** cable ****) *** ** longer *** ******* ********* wheels:

**********

***** ****** ******* **** into ********* ** ****** not ** ***** ****. Being **** ** ******* see **** **** ***** spaces ** ****** ** critical *** ***** ** run ***** ** ******* controller ****** ** *******.

******* *** **** ** a ***** ******* ***** flashlight ** ********. ******* handheld *** ****** ***** common ******* ***** *** best *** ****** *** walks, ** **** *** small ****** ** ***** and ***** ** *******.

*******

******* *** **** ****** tool ** * ****** with ****** ** ******* for *********. *** ***** customer **** ****** ******** to ** *****, ** prior ******** ****** ** given, *** **** ******* there ****** ** ** reservation ** ***** *********** a ****.

**** ***** ** * door (*******/*********), ******** ********** details **** ***** ** windows, *** **** *********** surrounding *** **** ********* ceiling *****, *** *** important ******* **** ******* or ****** ***** ****** be ************, ** ***** able ** ***** ** those ******* ****** *** development *** ** ********.

**** ** *****, **** more ******** **** *** may ***** *** ****, as ** ** ********* difficult ** ******, *** there ** ****** **** for ****** ***** ********.

Three **** ******* ** **** ***

****** *** ****, ***** future ****** ******* ******** should ** ******* *** notes ***** ***** *** it ** ********. ****** attention ** *** **** have **** ******** *** assembled ** *** ****** can ******* ****** ******.

**** *****, ******** ** rotating ***** *** *** points ** ****** ******* in * ********:

Device ******* *********

****** ******* ********* ******** Readers, *****, ***********, *** Cabling at * ****. ******** stepping ******* *** *** where **** ** ***** elements ** ********* ** foremost ** ****** *** visit * *******.

****** ** ***** *********** knowledge ** *** ************ tasks **** *** **** are ******* ** ************* how **** ********** ****** system ******. ****** ******* notes *** ****** ** how *** ******* ** built ***** *** **** choice *** ** *********** afterward *** ** *** a **** ********.

Door *****

*** ***** ****, *** exact ************* *** *********** of *** ******* ******. *** *** controlling * **** *****, or ** ** ******** access? **** *** **** need ** ** ****** and ******** **** ***** per ****?

****** **** ** ******** door ********, ******* ******* like **** *******, *** the *********/*********** ** *** opening ** ********* ******* it ****** ** *** reflected ** *** *********. Our********* *** ***** **** of ******** **** ***** ****** ******** *** ********** the ***** **** *** a ******** **** ****.

**** *************

*** **** ********* ****** equipment ****** *************? **** a **** ** ********, in * **********, ** with ********** ** ***** ** able ** **** ******? If ***, *** **** they************** ***?  *** ****** may ****** ***** ********* is *******, *** **** which **** ** ********* is ****. 

 Network ******* ** **** ***

****, ******** *** *** doors *** ******* ****** be ********* ******** ** needed:

Network ******

************ ********* **** ***** trays, **** ******** *** ****** panels ********* **** *** job ** ********* ******** easier. ******* ** ******** where ***** ****** ** run, *** ******** *** already **** **** *** may *** ** ***** in *** *********.

***** **** *********

*********** ******* ***** *****/***** for ******* ****** ** pulls *** ***** ********* in ***** ***** **** a ******. ************* ** key, *** ******** ***** pulls ** **** *****, turns, ** ************/*********** *** minimized ******* **** *********** a *********** ************ **** does *** **** *** bid.  ** ******* ***** reels ** ***** ** a *******, **** **** block ****** *******? ** if *** ******** ***** pull **** ******** ** an ****** ** *********, will ********** ** * concern? ***** ******* ************ ****** ** *** may **** *************** *** ** ***, potentially ********* ****.

********

**** ** ** ****** network ** *********, ** wireless ******** ********** ** reach ** ******* *** wireless *****? ************ ************* ***** * wireless ****** ******* **** ****** a ***** ***** ** signal ******** ** *** doors. ******* ******** ** every ********************* *** **** ***** before ** ******* ** operational *****.

Panels/Power ********/*******

*******, ******** ** **** sure **** ********** *** enough ***** ** ** installed *** ** ****** in ***** ***** ****** be ********:

  • ******** **** ******:******** *** **** **** or **** *****, ** empty ****** ***** *** door ***** ** **** surprises ****** *******. ******* that ***** ** *** enough **** ** ***** central ********* *** ** an ********* *********, *** ultimately ** *** ****** with ****/**** ****** ** hardware ** ********. ** the ***** *****, *** doors ***** ** ****** panels *** *******  ******** takes ** ~** **. ft. ** ****: 

  • ******* ** ******:******* ******** ********* ****** locks, *******, ** ************ *** ** **** to ******. ******** ******* potential ********* **** ****** security ** **** **** protect *** ****** ********.
  • ***** ***-**/ *********: ********** **** ************ and ******** ** ********** service ** *** **** or ******* *** *********. While ******** ***** *** be ********* ** *******, the ******** *** ***** costs, *** ********* **** restrictions *** ********* ** note ****** **** ******.  If ********* *** ****** to ***-** ** ******** utility, **** ****** ** done ******** ****** **** assuming ********** ******.

Upgrades *** ****** ********

***** *** ** ******, some *** ** ****** to **** ****** ******* slated ** ** ******* or ************* ********. ****** inventory ** ***** ***** can ** ****** ** which **** **** ** changed *** ******* *** thousands ** ****** *** door.

Door ***********

*** ** *** ********* parts ** ** ****** system ** *** ***** or ***** **** ** coordinate ******** ** *** door. ** **** *****, the ******** **** ** proprietary ** * ********** system. *******, *** *** of *** ***** ******** products ** ******, *** even ** *** ******** that ***. ** ********** equipment ** ******* **** Mercury ********, *** ****** Edge/VertX, ** ****, ***** is * **** *********** of ********** *** ******* in *** ******* ************* to ******* *** ***** Compatible ********** ******.  

***** *** **** ** *** ** Mercury ****** *********** **** *** **** ** potential ****** ***********.

Typically ******** *****

***** ****** ********** *** typically ******** **** ********* to *** ****** ***********. While *** **** ** reterminating ***** ******* **** new ******* ****** *** be ******* ** * 'zero-cost' ******** (*** ***** may **** ** ** run), ***** ******* *** typically ********** **** ****** systems ** ******* *******:

  • *******:*****, ****, *******, ** even ********** *** ***** reusable ** ********* ** controllers ** ******* ** OSDP *******.
  • *****: ***** ***-******* **** power ******** *** ***** contacts **** **** ****** always ********.
  • **** ******** ********:****** ******* **** ******* NO/NC ******* ********** *** typically compatible **** ****** *******.
  • **** ***********: *** *******, ** the ********* ******* *** compatible, **** ******** *********** often *** ** ****, however ********** *** ****** types **** *** ****** providers ** * ******* step.

Converting *********

*******, ******* *********** ******* of ****** ******* *** often ** ********* ******, if *** **** ********* rework.

*** ********** **** ******** can ***** ** ******** and **** ******** **** other ****** *******, ********** the ****** **** **-***** of ********* ** *******. The ******* ******, *** in **** ***** *********** database *********** ***** **** be ****, *** ******** a *** ***** *********** a ********** ******* *** save ******* ** ***** rekeying *** **** **** into *** *******.

How ** *** *** ********

********** ******* ********* ** a *********** ***** *** its ***. *******, *** most **** ****** ******** skillsets ******* *** ********* findings********* ** ********* *** best **** ** ****** or ************ **** ** address ****.

**** *** **** ********** designer ******** **** * roundtable-style **** **** ******* where *** ***** ****** design ** ***********. ****** multiple **** ** **** with ********* ************** ********** means ******* ******** *** bad *********** *** **** likely ** *** ** quoted. 

****, ****** *** **** scope ** ****** ****** the **** ********* ****** the **** ****** * clear ************* ** ***** labor **** *****. ** advanced ****** **** ****** carpentry ** ************ ** needed ** **** *** a ***, ********* *** findings ** *** *** walk *** **** *** in *** **** ** soon ** ********.

****

*******, ***** *******,**** *** * ******** quiz.

[****: **** ***** *** originally ******* ** **** but ************* ******* ** 2019.]

 

Comments (3)

****** *** *** **** refresh, **********  ***********. **** is * ***** ******* that **** **** ** bringing ** *** ********** base. 

**** ****, ** ** never *****. **** ********* always **** ***** ***-***.

**, *****!

**** ***** ***** **** have ****** **** **** to **** *** ***** what *** ******* *** a ********** ****-**** *** landing *** *******, ** no *****;

*** ************ – *** GC, ****** *** *** 8 *** **** **** friends.  ******/******/**** *** ***** compared ** ******* ******** and ****** ******* ***’** not ** *** ***** for ***** ***********.

****** ****** *** **** Master.  *** ***** ** schlep ***** ***** ******?

********** ******* – ***** than *** *******, **** sure *** ******** **** set, ******** **** ** may **, **** *** have * ***** **** or * ***** ** leaving *** **** ******** from *** ****** **** of *** **** ** the ****** **** (** is *** **** ** some ******* **** *****).  If ** ****, ******* it ** *** ******** and ***** ******* *** lock *** ** **** of *** *****.  **** sure *** *** *** is **********, *** ********* to *** ****** *** manufacturer.

**** ************ – ******* cable ******* ****** ***** is **** ****** (*******), however *********** ******* * rated **** ****** ** Fire ******* – **** sides.  ** *** ************, especially ******* ***** * GC ** **********, *** should ** **** ** specify “** ******”.

***** ***** – ****** overall ********** ** ****-***** installed ** **** ***** between *** ***** *** of *****.  **’* *** the *****, **’* *** volume.  ***, *** *** get ****** ** ****. Especially **** ***** ****** beat *** *****.  ********** Rooms ***** */* ******** are ******** ** *** openings *** ********* *** this.

****** ****** **** – Just *** ** *** offer * *********** ****.  All ***** ***** ** bad ***** **** *******.  Don’t ***** * ******* on ** *** **** it ******* **** ******* you ***.

******* *** **-*** (********* OSDP) **** ******* (***’* say ********, *** **** what * ****), ***** does ***!

**** ***** *** ****** Controlled *****, ***** ********, are ********* **** ** you **** ***** **** Safety *** ******* ** business.

*** ********* **“** ***** *********”******.  ** ****** ** your ******.

********* – ***** *** all *** **** ** the **** **********/***** ****** source, ********* **** *******.  Spread ** ***.  ***, its ********** ***** ****, time *** ****, *** it **** *** ****** in ******* ******** *** your **** ***** ** the *** ****.

**** *********, ******** ********* off ******* (******* ***/** garage) **** ** ******** everyone **** **** *** go **** ** ****.  These **** ******* ****** entries ****** ** ****** out.

**** **** ***** ** refuge ** *** ******** and **** ***********.  ******* Elevator ****** *** * particularly ***********.

******** ** ***** ** Refuge ***’* *** ******* or ******** ** ********* Doors.  **** **** ****** and ****** ******* **** a **** ******** **.

***’* *** ****** ***** call ******** *** ***** of ****** (********* ********* landings).  **** ** **’* not ** **** *****, your ***** ** *** blamed *** ** ** the ** **********.  ** it’s ********* (***** ** should **), **’* ******** your ********** ****** *** FA ********** ** ******* and ****’* ******* **** on ** ** *** construction.

********** *** *** ******* as *** ***** *****.  Guards ** *** *** the *****’* ********.  ** fact, ** *** *** get * **********, ** workstation ****** **** ****** to *** *** (***** outside ***).  *** **** times *** *** *** or *** ****** **** down *** ** ********** reason?  ***, **** ** Thick, **’* ****** **** problem.

********** ***** – *****, almost ***** ***** ***** door *** ** ******* with ****-****** ********.  ** cost ****, *** ** you ****** **** ** install * ******* *** have * **** **** (if ***’** *** ***** the ******, ***** ** you)?  **** ** ** the ********, *** *** cost.  ****’* *** ***** are **** *****.

**** *******-********** ***** **** have ******* ** ** relates ** ******* ****.  If *** **** **** with **-**** *** ******* draw, *** ***** ****** is ***** ** **** to ** *****.  ** you’re *** * ******, keep **** ** ****.  Pay ********* ** ********** vs. ************.

**** ********* *********, *** are ****** ***** ** be ******** **** (***** is ** **** ***** as * ***% **********).  The ****** ***** ***** IP ********* *** **** databases ** *** *** always **** / **** back ** ***** ** a *******.  *** **** NEVER ******* *** *** subtle ******* ********* *** same.  ****** **** ** a ********* (***************) **** ***** ****** to ******* ***** ******.  The ******** ********** ****** what **** **** ****** perceive ** * ********* employment ***** ** ********* and *** “***** ***** be ** *****” ************* prior ** *** **** is * ****-****** ****’* up.  *** *** **** is **** ** * business **** *********** ** others *** ** **** customer, *** *** ** get *** ***** ******* you *** *** ** your ******** ** **** adequate ********* ****** *** conversion.

** ***** ***** **** in riser *** ******).

********* **** ****** ***/** doors ****** ****** ******** hours (***** ******* ***** level) **** ****** ***** out *** **** ** the *** ****’* ********* as **** *** ****** on * ********** ****.

******* ****** * ** Pull ******* ** * High **** **** ****** pressurize *** *********(*) **** drilling ******* ** *** a ****** ********* ** the ********* ****.

*** ****** ****** ** a ******* **** ** administered ** * ***.  If *** ***’* **** this ****** **** *** software *** *** *****, find ******* ******.  ******* are *** **** ***** need **, *** **** you **, *** *** the ****.

***’* **** *** *** integration **** *** *****, Gunshot *********, ******** ******** such ** ***, ***. unless *** ********* **.  If *** *** ** in * ********, ** will ********** **** **** to ***** *** ** an ********** *******.  ****** move ** *** ******* new *** **** **** you ****** ****** *** initial ****.  ********’* ************** is *********, *** *** customer ** ****** *****, even ** ***** *****.

****** ***** *** ******* or **** ** “***********”.  People ***’* **** ******* around, *** **** **** bitch ***** ************ ** their ****.  ******* ******, painting **** *** * traffic **** *** *** point ******.

**** ******. ***** ***!

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