The short cut

Singapore 11th May 2011

Today I want to share some of my site experience with contractors, more specifically lighting suppliers. Somehow they always try to take a “short cut”. While I can understand you want to minimise input/work and maximise output/profit, it needs to be done with the overall project success in mind, not only your own. Unfortunately not many contractors/suppliers see it that way. On the project site today the project manager spotted one of the contractors putting a cracked tile on the floor, obviously thinking it would not be noticed and that he could get away with it (saving one tile in the process). He then suggested to “fill the crack” and then sanding and polishing it invisible. Not wanting to listen, the project manager then grabbed a big hammer and broke the tile into irreparable state, forcing the contractor to replace the tile.

On the lighting side I discovered that the supplier had only delivered 1200mm T5 tubes for cove lighting. To create a continuous linear wash without dark spots, the tubes have to overlap each-other a bit (we generally recommend 50-100mm, not more). But with the coves varying in length we found some tubes overlapping more than half a tube’s length! That obviously defeats the purpose as instead of dark spots we now create bright spots where we have the extreme overlap! The reason…supplier trying to take the easy way out, rather than to figure out where to put the shorter 600mm versions he just went on to put the 1200mm everywhere!

This approach to work delivery is very common in all projects and that is why we need to check site and be on top all the time. Contractors and suppliers always look for the easy way out, the short cut, and unless you spot the fact in time it often is too late when you do discover it as then all is already done and installed. Getting them to rip it out and redo would then seriously compromise the completion and handover schedule…then what to do?         

Continuing on yesterday’s under water theme, in Light Watch today one of the first under water restaurants, presumably the Hilton in the Maldives.  I would assume it is a seafood restaurant…Can only imagine the stress these fishes go through seeing their mates being eaten up…As too lighting and effect you would not do this in one of the busy (dirty) harbours of Hong Kong or Rotterdam… 🙂 !

Light Watch 88:  Under water restaurant, Maldives

11. May 2011 by Martin Klaasen
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