The Project Process

 

More Detail:

Although not a comprehensive list, here are more detailed descriptions of some activities David Logsted may lead and/or perform while serving as your project manager and owner representative:

  • Needs Analysis: Sit down with you to learn your desires for the system (gathering project requirements) then assemble a system design which best suits your needs.
  • Technical Specification/Statement Of Work: Prior to hiring a systems contractor to build the system, it is imperative to capture the design in a Technical Specification. This document not only defines the system design, but also details how the project will be done. This is so very important because without written project standards to follow, the “how” is left to the subjective interpretation of each party involved, potentially leading to misunderstandings, at best, and lawsuits at worst.Examples of the important features in the Technical Specification include:
    • Required contractor experience
    • Construction standards
    • Acceptance requirements
    • Documentation requirements
    • Training requirements
    • Schedule detail
    • Change order parameters and process

    The list can, and often does, go on. But the point is that the Technical Specification becomes a contractual document each party adheres to throughout the project process. This document makes it easier for the systems contractor to provide and accurate bid, and provides a system road map for the project, the project “Bible”, each party follows throughout the construction project until system completion.

  • Contractor Selection: David Logsted will advise you on or find the right systems contractor to build your system. A technically advanced system requires a technically advanced systems contractor. Many companies say they can build an advanced system, but it takes the educated eye Mr. Logsted can offer to sort out the highly qualified bidding contractor from the mediocre offerer making grand claims. It is also important that the sorting process occur with an eye for best value as well. The contractor selection process may involve the following:
    • Assembly of qualified bidders list
    • Management and review of bid submissions
    • Interview of qualified bidders
    • Arrange and direct equipment demonstrations and selection
  • Design Translation: Let David Logsted translate your needs into a systems design. In discussion of your requirements and desires, David will assemble a conceptual systems design, including system performance requirements, to pass on to the systems contractor for further honing under David’s direction. Typically, David develops a design which may or may not include the specific make and model of each system component, but always includes end user requirements. Then, when he meets with prospective systems contractors in the contractor selection process, the bidders may propose specific components (where specific equipment is not identified). Seeing the equipment proposed by a contractor is one way to determine the qualifications of that contractor. Oftentimes, the specific equipment proposed by a bidder and wiring diagrams showing how such equipment will be connected, reveals a great deal about the competence of the bidding systems contractor. In this manner, the most qualified contractor is selected. Then the specifics of system design can be worked out between Compass AudioVisual, your representative, and the selected systems contractor after contract placement.
  • Project Commencement: Once David Logsted assembles a design, has written the Technical Specification, and the most qualified systems contractor has been chosen, the project may commence. It is in the commencement phase that he works with the selected contractor to identify specific equipment and hone the conceptual design down to a specific systems design. The choice of specific equipment may involve equipment auditions, hosted by the systems contractor, accompanied by multiple performance tests, and administered by Compass AudioVisual, LLC. Once the major equipment is identified, system design honing with the contractor may begin. This is typically done over the course of several days of discussions (duration depends on system complexity). This multi-step process is far and away the best way to achieve a final product which best meets your needs and desires. By using David Logsted of Compass AusioVisual, LLC, to represent you in this process, you avoid taking a contractor’s “off-the-shelf” bias-driven design, one which has worked for them in the past, but may not meet your needs.
  • Project Execution: With the most competent contractor selected and the design complete, project execution may begin. In this phase, the systems contractor purchases all equipment and begins systems assembly. It is best that the contractor do full system staging at their facility prior to delivery to your site. While at the contractor’s site, the equipment, indeed the entire system, may be fully tested and verified prior to delivery. Once the system is fully tested and verified, installation at your site may begin. Installation times are greatly minimized utilizing this “contractor-staging” approach; any negative impact to your operations resulting from a large systems install are minimized as well. The project execution phase is supervised by David Logsted to ensure every phase of the installation meets your needs and also meets with the highest standard of quality, safety, and reliability.
  • Project Completion: Once the system is installed, the contractor may be very anxious to get paid and move on. However, David Logsted will put the system through a very rigorous acceptance testing procedure prior to accepting the system as complete. This testing typically reveals system functional issues, which are put on a “punch list” and must then be rectified by the contractor. The system will not be accepted as complete until all punch-list items are addressed and the system meets all the exacting standards of acceptance testing. Such detailed system performance testing is imperative, and must be administered by an audio visual expert, like David Logsted of Compass AudioVisual, LLC. Once the system meets all specifications, David will bring you, the customer, in for final approval.





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