Site surveys are typically a requirement in the initial planning stages of a facility or major equipment refurbishment, or a clean-sheet design. Often, prior to the job award, test facility obsolescence, disrepair or complexity may require specialized evaluation for the customer to understand the cost, feasibility, and required methodology to accomplish their goals. Exchanges and observations concerning local practices, environmental and safety issues and unique customer requirements can promote final planning, contracting and project kickoff. Site surveys can add the hands-on understanding needed in setting up successful maintenance and sustainment programs so important to profitable operations. Other times, a client simply wants an expert opinion on a potential purchase or renovation.
A thorough evaluation by a knowledgeable and trusted expert provides the necessary information to make strategic decisions, establish budgets, prepare statements of work, or even to focus repairs by the client. Atec’s 65 years of experience and exemplary reputation for expertise in the industry make us a top choice among foreign and domestic militaries, engine manufacturers, MROs, and others who routinely put Atec on contract to conduct site evaluations at testing facilities all over the world.
Site surveys can range from a quick 1 hour inspection of a single faulty component to multi-week mapping, component listing, and 3D modeling of an entire test facility. In all cases, the data is analyzed by Atec subject matter experts and a detailed evaluation report is delivered that addresses the site-relevant questions and needs. To maximize site visits, Atec utilizes detailed checklists, precise measurement tools and specialty e-tools for evaluation, SMEs, and a network of distance participation aids to insure expert input. Feasibility for refurbishment of existing assets, use of surplus gear, custom fabrication of new equipment, licensing issues, utilities needs, control system considerations, and cost-benefit trade offs are all regularly addressed in Atec site surveys. Project management, financing, and contracting issues can also be addressed for the client in the Site Survey report.
Atec highly recommends collaborative contracting for test cell modification programs. This collaborative approach gets Atec engineers and customer personnel working together on common needs assessment, specification, budget and schedule. Fixed price contracting can also be arranged. The project can be organized several ways depending on circumstances. Often times, OEM licensing may be involved.
- Turnkey – Atec can supply a turnkey project which would include adapter, engine control system, test software, test nacelle equipment and other dress equipment. In short, a customer can contract with Atec for all items needed to add to the engine facility.
- Joint – Atec can supply many of the items listed above such as the adapter, engine control and software. The test cell owner may already have or can procure some items such as the test nacelle and dress kit from the OEM or other sources. Sometimes used or salvaged equipment can be refurbished by Atec.
- Teamed – In these cases the test cell owner elects to procure some equipment from Atec, such as the test adapter, and other items from another test cell supplier, such as an upgrade to an existing, recently installed software package. Atec has a long history of working professionally with designated suppliers or even our competitors in such cases.