Introducing remote witnessing platform, Net Zero Cx


The future of Carbon Neutral Commissioning is right here.

Downing tools on a mission-critical construction project is not an option, even in a pandemic. 

Well-established commissioning businesses like ours have had to be creative and innovative to provide ongoing support to our Clients’ projects whilst enabling our employees to operate safely at work. We developed Net Zero Cx to do just that, providing off-site, around the clock, commissioning. 

Our initial pilot on the platform produced excellent results. Working collaboratively with clients, we implemented further refinements, which enhanced the effectiveness of the platform. We now regularly provide this versatile solution for clients, with regular 360° reviews. 

Five facts about Net Zero Cx:

Fact 01: Distance is no longer an obstacle; Anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Net Zero Cx removes distance as an obstacle and replaces it with the guarantee that you are always just a few clicks away from a project. 

Fact 02: Enhances training, development, and compliance; Net Zero Cx helps to future proof businesses.  Video files gathered during witnessing activity can be saved, shared, and stored securely and used for future training, development, and compliance.

Fact 03: Reduces out of hours commissioning costs; Time zone collaboration allows us to collaborate with our colleagues from Commtech Asia (APAC), to attend out of hours witnessing activity on a project in Europe. This will significantly reduce costs as the APAC team will witness during normal working hours.  
 
Fact 04: Enhances specialist support; Net Zero Cx makes global collaboration across multiple teams easier. Our project teams can tap into knowledge pools from colleagues across our organisation, immensely benefitting a project.

Fact 05: Reduces the impact on the Environment; We recognise the importance of Carbon Neutrality. By utilising Net Zero Cx we will significantly reduce our carbon footprint of the project with the added benefit of large cost savings due to a reduction in the need for expenses such as flights, hotels, hire cars, insurance, travel expenses.​

Key fact: ​
Using Net Zero Cx on a project is a proactive way to reduce resource numbers on a project and thereby greatly assisting in helping the project to be more Covid secure. 

We talked to Richard Lee Smith, Commissioning Manager at Logi-tek, who has been using the platform to find out more:

So what is Net Zero Cx, and what problem does it solve?
Net Zero Cx is a platform that enables remote witnessing on projects. A series of mobile, static and Wi-Fi enabled cameras are set up on-site with a two-way communication system. A live stream of the testing process is then broadcast live, directly to the Client, MEP consultants, and other members of the project team.   

During the sessions, the viewer can interact directly with the Commissioning Engineers and ask any questions. All sessions are fully recorded and provided to the Client at the point of handover, giving a compliant training tool for their wider business.

It solves several problems:

– Travel times and out-of-hours commissioning costs reduce for clients; they can view the process from anywhere in the world, even when in quarantine.
– Less travel means lower emissions and a sustainable, carbon-neutral initiative. 
– Visibility is increased for clients, as they can watch, rewind and interact directly with the engineers at the crucial stages of the project.
– Improved compliance, clients can use the recordings for internal training sessions. 

What about set up times? 
The average setup time is a few hours, 2-3, dependent on how many cameras are needed and the size of the site. The platform is also flexible, and we can add more cameras if required.

How easy is it to use? 
Our clients have found it very straightforward to use. 
Once they are set up and logged in – they are good to go. There are self-explanatory screen prompts along the way, the test section is explained clearly and of course, our team is there to guide and support throughout. 
  
What feedback have you received from your clients? 
Clients like the platform. Some clients were sceptical at first, but when they experienced the image quality and the ability to manipulate cameras, they were convinced. The Client can quickly go back and view any test at any time.  

Client quote: 
“Going into the remote witnessing, I was sceptical of the ability to feel that I was part of the testing and concerned that I would be unable to follow along with the process. I found it to be very user-friendly, with the ability to move the camera and zoom in to what I wanted to see, which is a massive positive. I would totally recommend using this again on future projects with Logi-tek as it gives complete transparency to all stakeholders.”

It’s allowed us to operate in a business as usual way during pandemic lockdowns and through the current quarantine laws that are in place.

So what’s in it for the Commissioning Engineers? 
We see this as an integral part of the future commissioning solution. Engineers will always be needed on site. We do not see Net Zero Cx as a platform to replace people but only to add value and enhance the commissioning process.

If you are interested in our commissioning services using Net Zero CX, please contact admin@logi-tek.co.uk

Transitioning from the Armed Forces to civilian life and Logi-tek (UK) – Blog featuring Chris Buller

The CTP (Career Transition Partnership) scheme aids ex-Armed Forces personnel find work after their Armed Forces career. We strongly believe the skills and acumen utilised in service life provides a strong mix of transferrable skills. In our latest blog, we learn more about Chris Buller a former Royal Navy engineer.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am 34 years of age from a little seaside town near Newcastle, Newbiggin by the Sea. I joined the Royal Navy around 8 years and a half years ago. I left at 8 years as a LET(ME), Leading Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering), having served on several class ships (Type 23s, River Class in the UK and Falklands, FSU and HMS Bristol). I saw my last 6 months out on the HMS Bristol before it was decommissioned, briefing and training phase 2 recruits so it was nice to get that experience before I left. I spent most of my time with diesel engines and control systems, but like many others experienced all M1, M2 and M3 sections.

What inspired you to join the forces?

I was stuck in a dead-end job, wasting my life away living for the weekend (and sometimes weekdays) I had previously had family in the Royal Navy and decided it was time to pick up and go. I joined the Royal Navy to follow in their path, but also to turn my life around, get out of the boring rut I was in, and here we are.

How have you found transitioning to civilian life?

I found the transition difficult at first. Going from a physically demanding, high pressured job which is so regimented and incredibly fast paced, to a very mentally demanding job which at times can be frustrating and slightly slower. I found this hard due to the way my mind operates, needing to be busy all the time, something else the Armed Forces breeds into its recruits.

How did Logi-tek help with your transition?

Logi-tek promotes a very similar ethic regarding teamwork. Teamwork is a vital part of the Armed Forces and for a company to have very similar core values was amazing. This meant that transitioning was made that little bit simpler due to the fact you could be placed anywhere in the world and know those around you were there to support you. This was primarily one of the reasons I was attracted to Logi-tek in the first place. The teamwork and morale shown regardless of the stress involved on the job have made this transition as simple as a crew change in the Royal Navy. Support is only an email or phone call away if need be. As a result, the tools I have learned in the Armed Forces have been utilised and I’m focused on the task at hand.

Can you tell us a little about your current role/project at Logi-tek?

I am a Commissioning Manager, working on hyperscale data centres, Mechanical and Electrical Systems. This includes the day-to-day management of resource, approaching a job methodically and problem solving as required. I am managing the process of the first functional tests of these systems and their integration, so no one day is the same.
Have you found that your military skills and training are transferable to your role at Logi-tek?
100%. Whilst the projects are on a way bigger scale, there are less systems to look after than on a ship. So, you can really focus your skillset into a couple of areas and expand your knowledge on the job. The management and methodical approach to a job in the Armed Forces really transfers well to this current role.

What impact has life in forces made on your work ethic today?

From Day 1 in the Armed Forces, you are re-programmed into using your time in the most efficient way. Upon entering the Forces I already had a half decent work ethic. By the time I left basic training, I became the most productive, efficient and punctual I could be with my wayward discipline turned around. The Armed Forces certainly encourage you to become the best possible human you can be, once you reach that then all the ownership is with you to maintain these gained skills. The can do, stay until the job is completed, attitude serves very well in this industry.

What advice would you give those who have left the forces and looking to get into work in our industry?

My advice would be to make use of the resettlement tools available to service leavers through CTP. More specifically, courses aimed at Commissioning and Project Management. The skillset and work ethic will already be there with most so topping up that education and experience would be vital. There is a lot of work with spreadsheets etc so any ICT courses would also be beneficial.