A movie theater is going to open in a matter of days. The employees are trained. The concessions are ready. The movie schedule is set and the patrons are excited. The only thing left is today’s install.
As the technicians begin their work, they stumble across some trouble. They have 15 feet of menu boards and only 12 feet of wall. The weight of the monitors that have just been mounted is pulling at the weak, crumbling drywall. No conduit has been installed for the wiring. And to top it all off, there is no electrical anywhere near where the theater wants to have the video wall installed. This whole fiasco sets the install back a few days and the opening date must be moved.
How could this nightmare have been avoided? A site survey. In this situation, the project manager was unfamiliar with the condition of the site and should have had a technician look it over to make sure it was ready for the installation process. Technicians often face problems such incorrect wall dimensions, unavailable Wi-Fi, and lack of electrical resources.
A site survey can add as little as 5% to your total costs. Not doing a survey risks doubling installation costs. If your project is smaller, a full site readiness review might not seem worth it. You may be very familiar with the site and know it to be ready. And if you are installing the same hardware in many identical locations, a site survey may seem unnecessary. But, if you have even the slightest concern that it won’t be ready or your project is fairly large, a site survey may be worth the extra cost. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.