The most recent of clients has seen myself currently out in Qatar pretty much covering everything from accommodation and office buildings to buildings relating to oil and gas processing.
One of the things when asset surveying for verification you start to pick up a lot of things either missed or not in the system for various reasons. But even so still need to be logged even if removed at a later date.
Primarily because if its on the data collection it can be questioned and then added, removed or retained for the project. Each decision has an impact on cost depending on how its handled.
Adding to that even if the client’s list is 100% accurate and everything they say they have is there you have to analyse and compare for the length of contract type. For example if its all inclusive for 5 years will the equipment last that long? Are there spares or replacements that will need to be budgeted for? What type of maintenance regime is being used?
Because every contract I have worked on has always involved some jiggling be it pricing, moving of assets to different budgets or removing or adding of equipment. Which is why gathering the correct data and making sure you have as much of it as possible even if it seems a little irrelevant sometimes is worth the effort if you have the time.
Sometimes there is only time for a specific task e.g. just confirming things are there which I advise making clear to whoever your client is that this is all that will be carried out due to time restraints. Because if you see something e.g. 10 brand new Chiller units replacing 5 old ones due to a company expansion you may flag up that there is new units and an additional building but time for getting all the information such as serial numbers etc. you may not be able to do.
I do enjoy this type of work and also interesting travelling to different countries as you get to see the variance in standards, equipment and the affects of specific regional weather on equipment. E.g. a regular sand blasting in the deserts doesn’t do air conditioning any good and does affect their life considerably. At the same time another area can be heavily affected by sea air causing corrosion of a different kind with the same result. But the timeframes of damage are different which is why I enjoy understanding the differences and how these impact on equipment. Because lets face it a manufacturers guidelines etc. will often not cover these issues due to harsh environments taking things out of scope and warranty.