Access Control Job Walk Guide

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 26, 2017

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. Indeed, in some cases, the most costly parts of the design are not covered in bid documents.

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

  • The 4 key tools you need to take with you
  • The 5 details you must note when reviewing each door
  • The 3 things to look at for cable runs
  • 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.

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Comments (12)

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