Alan, your team successfully installs more than 60,000m of rail any given year. What factors do you consider to ensure every Gantrex installation is right first time?
Our team is managing up to 6 major projects at any one time, and these can range from medium to large-scale installation, 1200 -25000 m of rail. We are blessed to have highly effective project managers on board that deal with the daily questions and technical challenges at every level. Every installation is unique and brings its own special characteristics and influencing factors. With such variance in size and type of rail we install we have a stringent set of planning and quality control processes that we follow. For each individual job, we start with a review of the clients’ requirements, then clients ER`s are reviewed and we build a set of procedures around that. We then turn our attention to the logistical and resourcing aspects for each project, ensuring that we consider all technical and environmental conditions that can be a particular challenge for Middle East projects.
We must respect and conform to the stringent ISO 12488-1-2102 installation tolerances or even tighter as specified by the designer. Our method statements, risk assessments and ITP have to be written in line with the project requirements and a scheduling program to ensure we meet the quality criteria and standards of each client, as well as those of Gantrex. We are increasingly being called upon to install specialist projects here in Middle East and we have to consider the working conditions for our teams. An example, a recent install in an aluminum smelter saw Gantrex teams work in temperatures of 75 degrees plus, with 95% humidity during a planned 18 hour outage. With the work in a strict rotational schedule the teams worked an 18-hour shift with 20 minutes on and 40 minutes off. The safety of our team and the delivery of a quality job are paramount, and we will never compromise on either.