Project Management

Prior and Proper Project Planning for Profitability

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Re-Usable Design Modules

A third key area is to re-use engineering design modules for commonly used process units. This empowers the engineering team to focus its engineering efforts on the critical and challenging aspects of a process design, while re-using ‘best practices’ engineering design for ‘bread and butter’ design modules such as gas-oil separation plants, gas sweetening plants, dehydration units, emissions controls and the like.

Several organizations, such as Japan Synthetic Rubber (JSR) have documented significant time savings in the development of proposals and feasibility studies through the use of re-usable design modules, incorporating template designs in process modeling tools and collaborative FEED databases. JSR documented reducing proposal engineering time from two months to one week.

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Project Status Visualization

Finally, the project manager needs better tools to provide transparency into the frontend progress of a project. During the pre- FEED conceptual engineering phase of a project, process engineers are typically working individually to examine different process routes and schemas. This takes place in the individual process engineer’s workspace, giving minimal visibility as to how a project is proceeding.

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Automated Proposal Process
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Software usage dashboards, such as those provided by AspenTech, give the project manager visibility into how many hours of process modeling have been performed, providing an indirect metric into conceptual design progress. Also, if the organization is employing a collaborative FEED tool, FEED completion can be measured by progress in completion of the key deliverable, process and mechanical data sheets.

* Ron Beck is Director, Product Marketing at Aspen Technology. Sunil Patil is Sr Principal Business Consultant (Engg) APAC at Aspen Technology

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