The AlphaRiser® story
Comtec has produced thousands of square metres of grating and supports for service riser apertures over the last few years. This depth of experience has taught us that the management of service risers is one of the really difficult challenges for construction projects today.
It would be wonderful if the mechanical and electrical services could be perfectly planned at the start of a project and this design used to produce aligned drawings which didn’t need to be altered at any stage during the project.
The unfortunate reality is, however, that service designs always change due to their inherent complexity. Changes during the latter part of the design stages impact service requirements. Late placing of orders with M&E contractors mean designs are often far from complete when the floor construction has begun. An additional piece of equipment is asked for and immediately a larger supply is required. The shape and size of ducting was unknown at the time of forming the riser opening and its size unexpected. It was difficult to get all the service contractors around the table at one time and at an early stage in the design process which has impacted the design program. All these possible scenarios plus a multitude of others, explain why this area of the project is a difficult one to manage.
At Comtec, we have witnessed our customers wrestling with these challenges all too often and we have become increasingly passionate about the need for good Riser Management. This is a term we feel we own, and it embodies our drive to help site management in any and every way we can to improve… from here was born – the AlphaRiser*.
*Patent applied for