Bricks & Mortar vs Modular Design

It’s a known fact that #Modular #EHouses are a more cost effective enterprise than Bricks & Mortar to build.  Research has clearly indicated a minimum of 15% cost difference between the two.

Another factor that has been traditionally overlooked is the fact that modular E-Houses due to a more efficient use of space achieve significantly better power usage effectiveness compared to that of the standard Brick & Mortar type structures.

This efficiency comes from E-House expertise and understanding how to optimize the design.  Unfortunately we see the common occurrence to revert to Brick & Mortar construction methods because that knowledge is simply not there.  Trust me when I say the 15% difference is understated, when you take into account the equipment installation, testing and commissioning.  The total cost variance will be far greater.

Further innovations in the design of Modular E-Houses will consistently see the product become ​l​ighter, ​fa​ster to build and more cost effective.

The EQ-House team have applied years of experience into R&D to produce a design and build process that is consistently evolving to suit the required environmental conditions for E-Houses.

 
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3 ways to save money and risk on you E-House

Building, expanding, or updating an E-House is an exercise that takes time, money, and lots of planning. When handled the wrong way, it wastes time and money that’s better spent elsewhere. So, what’s the solution to saving money AND avoiding risk?

Contact EQ House

EQ-House is known Australia-wide and Globally. Various industries trust us to handle their e-house projects at any stage whether it’s the entire packaged solution or simply submitting tenders.

Because you’re contracting a professional, your company is greatly reducing risk in more than one area. Thanks to our comprehensive auditing systems, we know which vendors are best to build your switch room. If the project is already planned, we can audit that as well, reducing lead times and boosting efficiency.

Be VERY Specific About Your Needs

Oil and gas, Mining, Utilities, Rail,Renewable switchrooms; each industry has different needs. EQ-House’s specialised services are so efficient because we’re familiar with how they all work.

This is also thanks to customers being specific about what their projects need. Committing to a single decision, product, etc. saves time AND money. You’ll save cash on resources as well, if we do the vendor and project audits for your e-house.

Leave the rest to us

EQ-House’s Construction managers save money and reduce risk thanks to good, old-fashioned experience. Our safety measures guarantee that the final product is ready to use because we put it through a battery of tests, checking all the necessities off the list.

In the design stages, we can stop risks in their tracks. Our E-House designers can be contracted to do a design audit that will look over what you have at that stage. They’ll identify any red flags that must be fixed, or if there’s something that should be added or just do with some optimisation.

 

During the install, test and commissioning stage, EQ-House can supervise and oversee accuracy of testing plans from pre-install to integration. Inspections, managing subcontractors, and overseeing the delivery reduces any risks of the e-house not working well with the system it’s meant to connect with.

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3 things we have to build you the perfect electrical switchroom

EQ-House’s clients are mainly large electrical or control systems companies that have a need for our specialist expertise. Safe to say, then, we know what to do to build the perfect electrical switchroom for any future and returning customers. How are we so confident? Well, we have three of the best things.

The Experts

EQ-House is young, but our experts have decades of combined experience. Whatever you need, we have it: Construction management, design, auditing, and commissioning all under one roof. Our leadership team made it to where they are today thanks to hard work and setting high standards for themselves.

An electric switchroom is a crucial piece of infrastructure that ties a whole site together. We don’t do things by halves, or just short of perfect. Our team of experts gets the job done right the first time, assuring delivery that’s on time and well within budget.

The Contacts

Creating and filing tenders is a drag for those who aren’t familiar with the process. So is finding a vendor, designer, and integration specialist…the list goes on.

Creating an electrical switchroom requires knowing who to contact, when to contact them, and how to find them. EQ-House’s team saves you this time when we take the work off your plate. We know the processes to go through and the right people to call. It doesn’t matter if you call us at the beginning of the electrical switchroom build, in the middle, or towards the end.

The Tech

We love using the tech at our disposal to help you build the perfect electrical switchroom. Our 3D automated  design solution will help you see what the finished product will look like. It’s very cool and very efficient for pointing out important aspects and changes.

Though EQ-House doesn’t build the electrical switchrooms themselves, we’re familiar with what’s needed to make them. Our site and building supervision teams know what to look for before and during the production process. This minimises the risk of accidents and faults on site.

 

EQ-House has built the ‘perfect electrical switchroom’ for clients around the world, from Australia to the Emirates. These are just three of the things we have to make you the perfect product, but there’s so much more you’ll have access to with us.

 

The Importance of project specification reviews for E-House builds

Technical specifications deserve special attention especially for complex equipment and challenging environments like Electrification.  This is not something you want to risk not having the right people with the right skills “running their eyes over”.  EQ|House have the resources and expertise to ensure that what is written and requested in your project specification;

  1. Meets code
  2. Is up-to-date with the latest industry requirements
  3. Is IEC or AS compliant

 

All too often specifications provided by the Client are a “cut and paste” of a previous or HOW and WHY of the build itself, so a thorough and proper review at the time of tender will enable you to request clarifications and information from the Client prior to your bid being finalised.  Ensuring that any technical issues are questioned and answered allowing your bid to satisfy the full requirements of the project at build stage.

 

Specifications provide the framework against which bid evaluation, inspection, tests and quality checks are made.  Failure to give this review process the time it deserves could turn out to be a costly mistake in the long run.   With many specifications combining different categories such as functionality, performance and technical details, having an external resources who understand the relationships between all three categories is essential to mitigate cost loss during and at the end of the project.

 

Part of the EQ|House TENDER PROCESS includes project specification and tender documentation review and the assistance to prepare on your behalf a schedule of inclusions, clarifications and deviations as identified from our review of all tender documentation.

 

Common concerns that we see include compliance with equipment placement within the E-House itself, Fire and HVAC installation and commissioning to meet various environmental conditions and applications.  More often these days projects are executed overseas but are targeted for your local market.  Here more than ever is where the project specification review and compliance is critical.
Remove the uncertainty from your next project, engage with EQ-House for a specification review via our website and one of our team will be in touch with you to assist with the most valuable stage of your next project.

Insource your Strengths and Outsource your Weaknesses

With the rugby world cup under way there is much business can learn from how elite sporting teams are managed.

As a manager in a broad range of organisations both small and large too often you hear discussions around an organisation and its people’s weaknesses and not about their strengths.

So much focus goes into addressing the issues that a culture is often framed around an awareness of what they don’t do well, losing sight of the core skills that customers want to engage with.

The reality is people and businesses are far more effective when they focus on what they are good at and demonstrate their self-belief to the market. Once you team focus on its strengths it forms an identity around them, this is what clients and supporters want to engage and identify with. This will be what truly sets an organisation apart from its competitors.

Focusing on strengths becomes empowering for both the business and staff. When you focus and encourage your team to work to their strengths they become more engaged in their work, tend to be happier and far more effective. Sick leave rates decline, upward pressure on remuneration diminishes and quality people actively seek to be part of a team that has a positive and focused reputation in the market. If a person is really good at a particular task that is aligned to your businesses needs then get them to do more of it.

Let’s be realistic a business or team that does not understand its own weaknesses is very vulnerable, many an organisation has failed because of a lack of management of weaknesses. This is where the art of effective management comes into play. Like the coach of an elite sporting team It is the responsibility of managers to put in place structures, processes and people to cover off capability gaps while encouraging and motivating the core team to focus on what they do well.

Businesses are often compelled by clients, sales enthusiasm or market demand to take on scope that is outside their core competency. This creates a real risk of losing focus, identity and people as staff are pressed to do things that are not to the individuals or organisations strengths. In rugby terms don’t ask your best Winger to play at Prop and expect him to like it, or do well. Clients and supporters see the cracks very quickly and will rapidly lose sight of the strengths that attracted them in the first place.

Managers & coaches that act quickly before the cracks start to show by bringing into play the appropriate complementary expertise are the ones that create a clear path to success. Preserving core strengths and recognising the additional resources needed to deliver effective outcomes is a critical function of effective management and in delivering a satisfied client.

Often the support that’s needed to make a difference is only required for a brief time or a specific project but the time and pain that can be avoided make the outsourcing investment very rewarding for the proactive business.

Like to know more..?

Jason Lacey is the founder & Managing Director EQ|House Pty. Ltd.

EQ House is an E-House expert helping its electrical engineering clients with the structural design and construction of specialist equipment shelters, switchrooms and communications buildings for the utilities, mining and O&G sectors. For more information on how we can help you, please email solutions@eq-house.com or visit http://www.eq-house.com/