InfoComm 2016Question and Answers

As you may have heard, the 2M-2010 Standard is currently under revision. At the Standards Plenary at InfoComm 2016, members of the 2M-2010 revision task group talked about it and here are a few key Q&A’s to give you an understanding of the direction it's going in.

Remember, as the revision progresses, these goals could change.

Questions:

Q: How would I conform to this Standard if I were brought in mid-job and many details had already been determined?

A: The Standard’s processes will work regardless of your starting point. You might want to review earlier phases within the Standard, but you won't need to work backwards. You can also use the Standard to identify any information you ought to have received by that phase of the project, and use that information to either request missing documentation or to bring a project back up to speed.

Q: Will the Standard provide common vocabulary?

A: Yes, this is one of the goals of the revised Standard. The Standard will define terms as they are used within the document itself and will include a glossary of terms.

Q: Will the revised Standard apply or scale to live events and conferences?

A: The Standard is intended for construction and fixed installations (which is defined in the Standard), but considering the overall process given in the Standard, parts of the Standard will apply to live events and conferences.

Q: The established framework often fails without an architect. How is the group working to avoid this problem?

A: If there is no architect on the job, this Standard will provide processes that can be agreed upon and followed. In fact, one could argue that one outcome of the Standard would be to provide guidance for exactly these types of scenarios.

Q: How is the task group working to keep distribution of information to multiple shops and trades consistent?

A: The task group is using a framework approach to help people identify deliverables and tasks, the responsible parties, the recipients, and deadlines. The results are captured in a job aid (spreadsheet) format that becomes a process checklist. By using the method outlined in the Standard to create the checklist, anyone involved with the project will know what information needs to be communicated when. This way, all parties will receive relevant, timely information and everyone will be on the "same page."

Q: Will the Standard address safety requirements?

A: Safety is always a top priority and should always be considered during any AV project. Local, regional, and national safety laws and regulations should be followed as they apply to your specific projects.

Q: Will the Standard require a contractor and prevailing wage reports deliverable? This is a requirement for Delaware and possibly other states in the USA.

A: Not every region is required to report on this information, so the task group is leaning towards not including this within the Standard. However, wage reports, as well as other local requirements, can be added by users of the Standard as a customization to the checklist if needed in a specific project.

Q: Will the Standard include an escalation process if the items on the checklists are not followed through?

A: The enforcement of this Standard should be agreed upon by all parties at the start of a project. It is up to the customer to determine how to address if a deliverable isn’t met. A corrective action report is one such way that this scenario could be handled.

Q: Will the Standard include change orders?

A: Change orders are a contractual item, rather than a design item. Therefore, the contents of the change order would be defined within this Standard, but the change order itself one will not be.

Q: Will the Standard require closeout documentation?

A: A list of closeout documentation will be provided within the Standard.

Q: Will the Standard include or address the RACI Model?

A: The Checklist provided within the Standard is a variant of the RACI Model.

Q: Can the Standard include examples of application/case studies?

A: The task group will consider including application-based examples within the appendices of the Standard.

Q: Risk is subjective – there may be different understandings. Will there be a downloadable template of the risk model chart?

A: AVIXA will look into providing the risk model chart as a separate deliverable upon publication of the Standard.

Q: Will a division-of-labor understanding be listed in the deliverables?

A: The task group likes this suggestion and will consider adding this to the checklist of deliverables.

Q: Will the framework and checklist be locally extensible?

A: Yes, the task group is currently working to make both the framework and the checklist locally extensible and customizable as needed for different projects.

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