Even when mobilization planning is good, other factors can result in inefficient mobilization. Try out these mobilization time-savers:
- Lay out storage, staging, and packing areas with the workflow in mind. Count the number of footsteps taken to load each service van, and change layout to reduce them.
- If you have designated helpers for loading service vans, this reduces the use of more highly paid skilled workers. But a trained helper can do this important job at greater speed with fewer mistakes. The difference could cut “time to roll” in half.
- Reward people for time-saving ideas.
- Have a designated mobilization specialist. This person can start work ahead of the skilled trades, doing things “offline” so those trades aren’t standing around waiting. For example, programming the van’s GPS, collecting the necessary drawings, noting which supplies aren’t on hand....
- Have someone in charge of checking the tires and fluids (oil, windshield washer, etc.) of each service van each night or each morning, so the crew isn’t doing this function. This also ensures such work gets done, thus avoiding costly breakdowns and late arrivals onsite.
- Have a formal battery charging program. Make it clear which batteries are fully charged. Also, label all batteries so it’s easy to tell which tools and which chargers they go with (label chargers accordingly, too).
- Rather than relying on “someone” to double-check “things,” have a designated person use job-specific checklists.
Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection