Access Control Job Walk Guide

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 06, 2014

Thousands of dollars can be uncovered or avoided in a job walk if you know what to look for and what to ask.

The job walk frequently coincides with a 'pre-bid meeting', where an end-user has released, or is close to releasing a formal solicitation for bids. By inviting interested parties onsite, every location of the future system required is visited, and many of the site conditions difficult to spell out or otherwise not realized as being important can be discovered and accounted. Indeed, in some cases, the most costly parts of the design are not hinted at 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 checks you must make when reviewing each door
  • The 3 things to look at for cable runs

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