IPVM is proud to release the first ever surveillance camera labor estimation standards.
These standards help integrators improve the accuracy and efficiency of their installations, reducing risks and cost.
We developed these standards based on a global survey of integrators who provided in-depth responses on how much time and what factors impact their installs.
6 Core Scenarios
The standards focus on 6 fundamental scenarios where integrators routinely install cameras:
Low Indoor Tile / Grid Ceiling
High Indoor Hard Panel Ceiling
High Outdoor Commercial Building
High Outdoor Masonry Column
Pre-prepped Freestanding Pole
Flat Mount Roof
Description and Image Provided
To ascertain richer and more meaningful responses, we provided an image of the scenario and a description of the area.
For example, in the "Low Indoor Tile / Grid Ceiling", we described it as such to integrators:
"The location has 1/2" thick fiber acoustic tile suspended from grid, with no existing backing material or needed plenum rating, located 8' - 10' above the floor. Cabling has previously been run and terminated to the mounting spot. How many manhours would you estimate for mounting a camera in the following area? Why?"
With the following image provided:
Each of the other scenarios had the same information and visuals.
Integrators provided us both a number, in terms of hours, and a description of the key factors that impacted them (tools, safety concerns, logistical limitations, etc.)
We then tabulated a range of hours estimated, an avearge hour estimate plus color commentary on the issues impacting their estimates.
Maybe include some Safety First Type of category into the mix?
An end user should also think about safety consequences when hiring a contractor/integrator. A death can bring negative publicity to your company. It happens more than one would think. I like the comments that they have an extra worker on the ground on the lookout. Lifts get run into more than one would think even inside of a building like a manufacturing building where workers operate forklifts and speed around corners.
It would be nice to know the % of what country answered what for each question.
Thanks for taking the time to post this useful information in one document. Having this type of information makes it eaiser to develop cost estimates as part of work packages on jobs that we are currently working. The only difference is that I will take the estimated manhours and apply our corporate rates and adjust based on the other internal tax systems that we are required to apply when providing a cost estimate for work to be performed. Nice Job!
What I don't like to see is where people are saying they would use a single tech to install a camera at 12-15' or for that matter even lower. If they are following OSHA guidelines then they do NOT have a choice but to include a spotter which doubles the number of techs that are really necessary in many locations.
"5 manhours, get tools and get a ladder to the location in the building. Drilling brick can take time depending on how the column is built."
"I would estimate 3.5 hours for the install. The added labor is due to the need of a smaller type extension ladder and the use of an SDS hammer drill."
"5 hours if you have to drill that brick. Which is stupid. There has to be a better place to mount the camera."
The above seem rather excessive. Drilling into brick, masonry, etc. is not really a big deal if you have the proper tools. I carry two SDS+ drills in my van, one Hilti 36V cordless and a corded Bosch (up to 4" thinwall). I have no problem drilling into any of those surfaces. The cordless saves a lot of time since you don't need an extension cord which can often times be a safety concern (having an extension cord). Now if I were trying to mount using only tapcons and a non-SDS cordless cordless hammer drill, I could see the problem.
I had a cable installer working at a residence when I was installing a TV and he needed to rewire the house for a whole house DVR. All he had was a Rigid cordless drill and only had 1/2" of 5/8" bit for 8 RG6 cables. I lent him my cordless SDS and an 1.25" solid bit for the cables because I didn't want him drilling multiple holes in my customers brick wall. Proper tools are everything and can make a huge difference in labor time.
I would love an SDS-Max drill, but at that point, I would rather sub that out to a concrete cutting company because when you need a large hole, you can't assume you won't hit rebar (or other items buried in a slab).
Would be very interesting also with a similar survey where differences in camera brands would be analyzed, ie what is the difference in time and difficulty to install a certain type of camera from one manufacturer vs other manufacturers. Any plan for such an investigation?
Awesome, Awesome artical. Makes my investment in IPVM worth every penny. After 15 years in the industry these survey's are pretty much in line with my estimates, however like others have posted, safety also needs to be considered and I am not sure if the high elevation locations include the extra man to foot the ladder or spot the lift, which is a requirement for most of our projects. But know I have some much research to present to my salemens and customers on how long it should take to install a camera. Thank you John.
All of these expect to have a cable run to them. I usually only add cameras to areas which also need a cable run. Accessing the DVR secure area, IT support if needed, setup DVR or troubleshooting if the camera doesn't come up right away, as well as running the cable, change these metrics dramatically. It is nearly useless information. Sorry.
Rob, thanks! I put it back to member's only. Posts that are 6+ years old automatically become public, by default.
While this is still a valuable post, we should do update 2021 versions, most will still be the same but we can make the graphics and presentation better and likely go even deeper now. Thanks for the feedback!