In 1995, in Sydney Area Section Telstra, a team of Engineers and Technical officers were producing design packs for several projects relevant to switching and transmission designs to be inputted to project managers for implementing the design packs in different telephone exchanges. There was a pressure from project managers that they need the designs to be ready as soon possible as to meet the required construction deadlines. Telstra allowed the engineers and technicians to work overtime to meet the requirements.
There was a problem that most designers sought approval for overtime not less than 3 hours per day. Unfortunately, some worked one hour, and some did not work at all, and they all claimed full payment, with no improvement in productivity.
The sectional supervisor (Ghulam Reza Rezaie), solved this problem by creating Digital Grids using C programming language, where each designer clicking on an Icon seeking approval (the program counted available hours against number of design packs to be completed, hence approval for overtime was given automatically, if normal hours were not enough to the complete the work), and clicking on Start-Icon to start work then after completion of the work clicking on the Finish-Icon. The transactions with relevant information such as hours approved, time started, time finished and hours worked were recorded on the Grid and a copy of receipt is sent to the designer, a copy to the supervisor and a copy for the payment officer for payment. At that time, it was not called BlockGrid, it was simply referred to as overtime digital grid.
The system was implemented in Sydney Area Section and resulted in 35% saving on overtime and productivity. However, due to the objections from the union, it was not offered to other sections.
With the advent of the Blockchain and its popularity the Supervisor wrote the same codes in Python language and hence created the BlockGrid system for use.
The system will be available for further development for any company that wants to apply the BlockGrid into their applications.
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