Qualcon create innovative processes based on our industry knowledge and management skills to improve the supply chain.
We continue to reduce delays in the supply chain by analsying plans, conducting site visits, checking supplied materials and building equipment offsite. Our statistics prove that we are currently saving our clients days of site delays and they are meeting their build deadlines with time to spare.
Our supply chain improvements start at the design or “scoping” stage. We analyse plans, conduct site visits, check with suppliers and order materials.
Our approach allows us to anticipate nearly 70% of the issues that will arise onsite and report them to clients so they can gain approvals before we start, saving multiple revisits.
We have found that thoroughly scoping work prior to construction means that we can order material and equipment accurately, reducing build time by 15%.
We improve how we receive and dispatch site equipment to reduce logistics costs and delays.
We receive site equipment in our warehouse and set to work straight away.
We strip all the unnecessary packaging and start the pre-building process.
When the equipment has been successfully built and repackaged, we arrange for delivery to site.
This approach means equipment can be built under cover all year around and site security issues have been minimised to reduce stolen equipment.
This has been proven to reduce build time by a further 10%.
Construction is another key area where we have gained some crucial efficiencies.
Our preparation crew visits site prior to our riggers to set up barricading, signage, paperwork and install any other safety measures.
Our rigging manager checks the forecast a week out from the start of the build and organises our crews accordingly e.g. groundwork is programmed for rain days.
We build everything we can before we shut down sites, minimising delays, reducing project risk and because we deliver equipment as we require it, no more gear left unprotected onsite!
These processes increase our onsite efficiency by a further 20% at a minimum.
The last piece of the supply chain puzzle is surplus stock.
We have committed to doing our part to minimise E-waste.
All redundant equipment is taken to a certified recycling plant and steelwork is reused where possible.
Equipment that is going to be reused is wrapped up, tagged and returned to our client for repurposing.
We’ve been working with Ericsson for a long time so we’re knowledgeable in their reverse logistics procedure.
We have created a simple system using Adobe Dc and Google Drive to digitalise paperwork.
Since digitalizing our health and safety paperwork we seen a dramatic increase in the uptake of site prestart meetings.
We believe the reason for this increase is because our teams are only filling in the information that is relevant to them and not simply “ticking and flicking” a form.
As a result of this they are running over the important things, site evacuation points, toilet / lunchroom locations, site hazards and what they can do to stay safe onsite.
We have reduced onsite time by up to 40% and this has allowed us to focus on quality checking our work before we leave site.
Building our equipment off-site allows our team to complete quality checks before sending equipment to site and lifting it onto a tower.
Because we build our sites efficiently, in most cases we have been able to self-assess our quality and fix issues before they reach the client, resulting in better relationships between them and their customer.
We are one of the small number of companies that focus on quality but our real point of difference is that we are obsessed with providing better quality on every build and improving from job to job.
We continue to innovate and provide solutions for real industry problems; project overrun and site delays.
We tackle project overrun and site delays at two stages in a project, pre-build and construction.
At the pre-build stage we plan meticulously, schedule our resources, consult with our teams, check weather reports and crucially build a buffer of 40% into our timeline. Most people only ever work at 60% efficiency so why plan for them to work at 120%? We build our site timelines with realistic expectations.
When we start construction, we build our equipment offsite to prevent weather delays, our preparation crew set the site up 2 days before our riggers arrive and we hold toolbox meetings with each day’s priorities laid out for our teams, being on the same page means everyone is working towards the same goal and we have a metric to gauge our performance for the day.