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CAse sTUdy: Vector Pole Replacement Programme As part of its proactive maintenance programme, network company Vector United OVERHEAD Networks contracted Connetics to carry out replacement of red tag poles, and later yellow tag poles, throughout Newlands, Tawa, Johnsonville and Plimmerton. www.connetics.co.nz PRoject ScoPe ReSultS The project involved the replacement of concrete This project demonstrated our ability to and wooden poles, initially on a pole-by-pole mobilise and undertake significant project work basis, then allocated on a suburb grouping outside the Canterbury region. basis. Connetics was one of a number of contractors working on similar projects in the “ Connetics were very responsive in Wellington region. providing competitive pricing, and had the capability to set up to work remotely challengeS in the timeframe needed. Our visits to Connetics needed to plan for a sustained Christchurch and initial discussions gave programme of work in an area where the us confidence in Connetics’ ability, and company had no plant and equipment, no assurance that we would be able to work staff and no physical base. In addition, the together effectively. Wellington network was completely different “As was to be expected, with a new to the one in Christchurch – comprised almost contractor and a project in its infancy, teams. We then undertook refresher training there were some surprises for both parties. entirely of concrete poles in hilly terrain. The for all staff to prepare them for the different Connetics’ adaptation was not without Wellington work spanned two local authority requirements and conditions on the Wellington setbacks, but what impressed was their areas with differing requirements. There were network. A site was quickly identified for a ability to rise to the challenges of different unfamiliar requirements for traffic management, temporary Wellington base and two crews were network configuration, standards and local and different construction standards. mobilised. authority requirements. Connetics had to engage vehicle maintenance Connetics’ staff were offered the opportunity Overall Vector received good service at services, subcontractors for excavation and to transfer for the duration of the Wellington a good price, enabling us to meet our resealing, and arrangements for testing live line contract, or to rotate through a roster. network safety, continuity of supply and tools and equipment. In addition, the project needed to be resourced from our Christchurch financial targets. We would be happy to SolutionS operation due to existing resource constraints work with Connetics again.” Plans were put in place to enable us to respond in the Wellington region. to ongoing work demands and significant events Paul Bartlett in Christchurch. During the contract we had Project Manager ouR ReSPonSe to temporarily withdraw crews to deal with a unitednetworks Our first step was to plan the work to ensure major supply emergency in Canterbury. The (a division of Vector ltd.) priority was placed on red tag poles and that a work came to an orderly pause and resumed clear work programme was established for our on a revised schedule in response to this event.
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