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Streamlining projects with a modular approach

Engineering & construction companies (E&Cs) can save significant amounts of time and money by adopting a modular approach to process units that reduces design, schedule and cost uncertainty

Ron Beck & Sunil Patil  |  Mumbai 

Streamlining projects with a modular approach

Project overruns in the oil, and industries have cost impacts that extend over the lifetime of the delivered asset, pressuring companies to deliver on schedule and remain profitable. Implementing standardisation designs and adopting a modular approach to process units reduces design, schedule and cost uncertainty and, therefore, saves significant amounts of time and money.
 
For many engineering and construction companies (E&Cs) and their clients, getting to the construction phase more quickly is the aim of the game. With the use of model-based software applications, process designs can be created for re-use in a modular fashion on similar projects and based on varying locations, applications and scale, thereby increase overall project management efficiency.


 
Streamlining projects
Breaking the habit of re-inventing solutions associated with traditional engineering methods can be difficult. Onsite build can be time-consuming and costly where there are logistics constraints and unpredictable local labour conditions. Historically, engineers have often used traditional tools, such as Excel spreadsheets to model and calculate their project schedules, costs, risks and scope. However, by using specialist integrated engineering software, the strategy behind standardised offers a different approach and involves dividing a plant into modules that are then re-used multiple times. E&Cs can reduce direct project costs (ie product equipment units, logistics and installation) by 10 percent or more and project engineering, procurement and construction delivery can be significantly expedited.
 
Project design is the first key area to embrace a modular approach and re-use standardised design modules for & plants. Many & companies design and build customised projects to specific locations with geological conditions. A more effective way of working in design is to re-use existing engineering templates, which unitise the work. This is a typical licensor workflow business model that has proven to be highly successful. It has conventionally been thought that upstream project had to be custom-designed for a particular field and crude fingerprint. However, recent experiences with such modular design approaches have proved successful.
 
The concept of off-site fabrication and in engineering and design can be scalable from small to large-scale projects, such as a floating production, storage and offloading vessels scaled to the & flow characteristics of the particular well. Something like a compressor module could be standardised because the same equipment design can be re-used on many other vessels. For larger facilities, such as liquefied natural (LNG) plants, the focus moves to replicating modules that make up the plant. Another example could be less need for heavy lifting equipment and scaffolding, which would save space and costs.

ALSO READ: Gain control over project costs through better conceptual estimates during FEED
 
Many companies have successfully adopted modular standardisation to apply common design specifications and guidelines across each project (ie, a or production platform). The use of libraries containing design templates, which include datasheets, equipment lists and line lists is a powerful way of avoiding unnecessary duplication of data entry and copying, helping minimise engineering time and reducing costly overruns. Key to this strategy is aligning the engineering stages from conceptual design through basic engineering to detailed design. Collaboration across the project teams is essential to leverage important documentation.
 
Leveraging technology saves time
Off-site modular assembly is becoming the preferred method of construction in industrial development. This highly efficient process alleviates the challenges typically associated with tight project schedules, changing site conditions and availability of skilled field labour and minimises variability in quality of the finished product. The safe and correct assembly of equipment, such as columns and reboilers, is critical to performance and reliability. Units derived from fabrication workshops, (ie, steel casings, stacks and ducts, burners, piping), can be pre-assembled for shipping anywhere around the world and modular construction can be more easily executed with available on-site skills.
 
As modular design and construction projects become the adopted standard, powerful and integrated engineering tools can help engineers to complete datasheets much quicker and allow the ability to communicate with all stakeholders working on the project.
 
streamlines schedules
With capital project investments under scrutiny, increases project management efficiency and presents opportunities for trade-offs between on-site fabrication and shop modular fabrication. When modular construction is considered, lead times can be improved and the shop fabricator can efficiently fabricate and then ship. Therefore, early and accurate conceptual design becomes even more important to achieve fast-track designs. Off-site modular assembly is an effective method of construction to help oil, and companies manage projects more profitably.
 
Standardised modular design gives E&Cs the opportunity to gain a competitive position and take advantage of the unique characteristics of integrated engineering modelling and analysis This supports the concept of repeatable designs, which save time to re-enter data and to enable optimisation of a design across the feasibility study, conceptual engineering and FEED (front end engineering design) workflow.
 
The also help knowledge sharing across the organisation and allow efficient access for project delivery teams to streamline and deliver accurate engineering solutions that meet deadlines. In essence, expedites project execution by compressing project schedules and integrates global design teams for faster on-time delivery.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
is the engineering director of AspenTech

is the business consulting director (APAC Engineering) of AspenTech

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Streamlining projects with a modular approach

Engineering & construction companies (E&Cs) can save significant amounts of time and money by adopting a modular approach to process units that reduces design, schedule and cost uncertainty

Engineering & construction companies (E&Cs) can save significant amounts of time and money by adopting a modular approach to process units that reduces design, schedule and cost uncertainty Project overruns in the oil, and industries have cost impacts that extend over the lifetime of the delivered asset, pressuring companies to deliver on schedule and remain profitable. Implementing standardisation designs and adopting a modular approach to process units reduces design, schedule and cost uncertainty and, therefore, saves significant amounts of time and money.
 
For many engineering and construction companies (E&Cs) and their clients, getting to the construction phase more quickly is the aim of the game. With the use of model-based software applications, process designs can be created for re-use in a modular fashion on similar projects and based on varying locations, applications and scale, thereby increase overall project management efficiency.
 
Streamlining projects
Breaking the habit of re-inventing solutions associated with traditional engineering methods can be difficult. Onsite build can be time-consuming and costly where there are logistics constraints and unpredictable local labour conditions. Historically, engineers have often used traditional tools, such as Excel spreadsheets to model and calculate their project schedules, costs, risks and scope. However, by using specialist integrated engineering software, the strategy behind standardised offers a different approach and involves dividing a plant into modules that are then re-used multiple times. E&Cs can reduce direct project costs (ie product equipment units, logistics and installation) by 10 percent or more and project engineering, procurement and construction delivery can be significantly expedited.
 
Project design is the first key area to embrace a modular approach and re-use standardised design modules for & plants. Many & companies design and build customised projects to specific locations with geological conditions. A more effective way of working in design is to re-use existing engineering templates, which unitise the work. This is a typical licensor workflow business model that has proven to be highly successful. It has conventionally been thought that upstream project had to be custom-designed for a particular field and crude fingerprint. However, recent experiences with such modular design approaches have proved successful.
 
The concept of off-site fabrication and in engineering and design can be scalable from small to large-scale projects, such as a floating production, storage and offloading vessels scaled to the & flow characteristics of the particular well. Something like a compressor module could be standardised because the same equipment design can be re-used on many other vessels. For larger facilities, such as liquefied natural (LNG) plants, the focus moves to replicating modules that make up the plant. Another example could be less need for heavy lifting equipment and scaffolding, which would save space and costs.

ALSO READ: Gain control over project costs through better conceptual estimates during FEED
 
Many companies have successfully adopted modular standardisation to apply common design specifications and guidelines across each project (ie, a or production platform). The use of libraries containing design templates, which include datasheets, equipment lists and line lists is a powerful way of avoiding unnecessary duplication of data entry and copying, helping minimise engineering time and reducing costly overruns. Key to this strategy is aligning the engineering stages from conceptual design through basic engineering to detailed design. Collaboration across the project teams is essential to leverage important documentation.
 
Leveraging technology saves time
Off-site modular assembly is becoming the preferred method of construction in industrial development. This highly efficient process alleviates the challenges typically associated with tight project schedules, changing site conditions and availability of skilled field labour and minimises variability in quality of the finished product. The safe and correct assembly of equipment, such as columns and reboilers, is critical to performance and reliability. Units derived from fabrication workshops, (ie, steel casings, stacks and ducts, burners, piping), can be pre-assembled for shipping anywhere around the world and modular construction can be more easily executed with available on-site skills.
 
As modular design and construction projects become the adopted standard, powerful and integrated engineering tools can help engineers to complete datasheets much quicker and allow the ability to communicate with all stakeholders working on the project.
 
streamlines schedules
With capital project investments under scrutiny, increases project management efficiency and presents opportunities for trade-offs between on-site fabrication and shop modular fabrication. When modular construction is considered, lead times can be improved and the shop fabricator can efficiently fabricate and then ship. Therefore, early and accurate conceptual design becomes even more important to achieve fast-track designs. Off-site modular assembly is an effective method of construction to help oil, and companies manage projects more profitably.
 
Standardised modular design gives E&Cs the opportunity to gain a competitive position and take advantage of the unique characteristics of integrated engineering modelling and analysis This supports the concept of repeatable designs, which save time to re-enter data and to enable optimisation of a design across the feasibility study, conceptual engineering and FEED (front end engineering design) workflow.
 
The also help knowledge sharing across the organisation and allow efficient access for project delivery teams to streamline and deliver accurate engineering solutions that meet deadlines. In essence, expedites project execution by compressing project schedules and integrates global design teams for faster on-time delivery.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
is the engineering director of AspenTech

is the business consulting director (APAC Engineering) of AspenTech
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Streamlining projects with a modular approach

Engineering & construction companies (E&Cs) can save significant amounts of time and money by adopting a modular approach to process units that reduces design, schedule and cost uncertainty

Project overruns in the oil, and industries have cost impacts that extend over the lifetime of the delivered asset, pressuring companies to deliver on schedule and remain profitable. Implementing standardisation designs and adopting a modular approach to process units reduces design, schedule and cost uncertainty and, therefore, saves significant amounts of time and money.
 
For many engineering and construction companies (E&Cs) and their clients, getting to the construction phase more quickly is the aim of the game. With the use of model-based software applications, process designs can be created for re-use in a modular fashion on similar projects and based on varying locations, applications and scale, thereby increase overall project management efficiency.
 
Streamlining projects
Breaking the habit of re-inventing solutions associated with traditional engineering methods can be difficult. Onsite build can be time-consuming and costly where there are logistics constraints and unpredictable local labour conditions. Historically, engineers have often used traditional tools, such as Excel spreadsheets to model and calculate their project schedules, costs, risks and scope. However, by using specialist integrated engineering software, the strategy behind standardised offers a different approach and involves dividing a plant into modules that are then re-used multiple times. E&Cs can reduce direct project costs (ie product equipment units, logistics and installation) by 10 percent or more and project engineering, procurement and construction delivery can be significantly expedited.
 
Project design is the first key area to embrace a modular approach and re-use standardised design modules for & plants. Many & companies design and build customised projects to specific locations with geological conditions. A more effective way of working in design is to re-use existing engineering templates, which unitise the work. This is a typical licensor workflow business model that has proven to be highly successful. It has conventionally been thought that upstream project had to be custom-designed for a particular field and crude fingerprint. However, recent experiences with such modular design approaches have proved successful.
 
The concept of off-site fabrication and in engineering and design can be scalable from small to large-scale projects, such as a floating production, storage and offloading vessels scaled to the & flow characteristics of the particular well. Something like a compressor module could be standardised because the same equipment design can be re-used on many other vessels. For larger facilities, such as liquefied natural (LNG) plants, the focus moves to replicating modules that make up the plant. Another example could be less need for heavy lifting equipment and scaffolding, which would save space and costs.

ALSO READ: Gain control over project costs through better conceptual estimates during FEED
 
Many companies have successfully adopted modular standardisation to apply common design specifications and guidelines across each project (ie, a or production platform). The use of libraries containing design templates, which include datasheets, equipment lists and line lists is a powerful way of avoiding unnecessary duplication of data entry and copying, helping minimise engineering time and reducing costly overruns. Key to this strategy is aligning the engineering stages from conceptual design through basic engineering to detailed design. Collaboration across the project teams is essential to leverage important documentation.
 
Leveraging technology saves time
Off-site modular assembly is becoming the preferred method of construction in industrial development. This highly efficient process alleviates the challenges typically associated with tight project schedules, changing site conditions and availability of skilled field labour and minimises variability in quality of the finished product. The safe and correct assembly of equipment, such as columns and reboilers, is critical to performance and reliability. Units derived from fabrication workshops, (ie, steel casings, stacks and ducts, burners, piping), can be pre-assembled for shipping anywhere around the world and modular construction can be more easily executed with available on-site skills.
 
As modular design and construction projects become the adopted standard, powerful and integrated engineering tools can help engineers to complete datasheets much quicker and allow the ability to communicate with all stakeholders working on the project.
 
streamlines schedules
With capital project investments under scrutiny, increases project management efficiency and presents opportunities for trade-offs between on-site fabrication and shop modular fabrication. When modular construction is considered, lead times can be improved and the shop fabricator can efficiently fabricate and then ship. Therefore, early and accurate conceptual design becomes even more important to achieve fast-track designs. Off-site modular assembly is an effective method of construction to help oil, and companies manage projects more profitably.
 
Standardised modular design gives E&Cs the opportunity to gain a competitive position and take advantage of the unique characteristics of integrated engineering modelling and analysis This supports the concept of repeatable designs, which save time to re-enter data and to enable optimisation of a design across the feasibility study, conceptual engineering and FEED (front end engineering design) workflow.
 
The also help knowledge sharing across the organisation and allow efficient access for project delivery teams to streamline and deliver accurate engineering solutions that meet deadlines. In essence, expedites project execution by compressing project schedules and integrates global design teams for faster on-time delivery.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
is the engineering director of AspenTech

is the business consulting director (APAC Engineering) of AspenTech

image
Business Standard
177 22