When working with “Minor Works” there are many more processes, documentation and procedures that Prime Electrical must follow and complete. Prime Electrical has to get various documents and proposals filed accurately and quickly to ensure the work can be completed and projects can be funded. Without the necessary paperwork, per Eskom’s specifications, projects will not be funded and will therefore delay the start date. Valuable time gets lost on site trying to get the necessary documentation filed. By the time the documentation is compiled and assessed by the main office, 30% of the information is either missing or not completed. This means more time is lost, and crews have to return to the job site to finish the necessary paperwork.
Prime Electrical also consistently has crews in remote locations with an inability to obtain an internet connection. This limits the field crews’ access documents, maps, schematics and forms needed to complete the job. Everything has to be done in advance, and if something is needed on-site, it is impossible to obtain.
Prime Electrical evaluated the use of using proprietary devices and handhelds for their data collection, but found the cost and maintenance to be too high and it look months to train crews to use the product. Prime Electrical wanted a solution they could use now, with minimal to no training required.