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Difference between planner & Scheduler

Aug 12
Yes there is a difference – a BIG difference – and yet, it could be argued that they are one in the same, however I won’t argue that point here because I want to stress the differences first, and then the similarities between the two disciplines. But first you need to understand th..
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The critical path of an Oil & Gas Project

Jul 29
In order to better understand the challenges faced by Engineering to match the construction schedule, it is worth knowing that the critical path of an oil & gas facilities project is that of its pipework. Piping is indeed by far the most time consuming activity at the job Site. This is due to la..
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Cost Forecast Checklist

Jan 29
Engineering ·            Review Engineering Personnel Schedule ·            Review Actual MH, Productivity, Wage Rates, % Complete, 3rd Party ..
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Contractor's Document Checklist

Jan 29
Bid Documentation/Bid Estimates   Contracts/Subcontracts   Correspondence   Meeting Minutes/Meeting Agendas   Di..
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Characteristics of Effective Cost Estimating

Jan 29
Cost Estimating 1 Definition Cost Estimating is a planned and systematic process for identifying and predicting costs within the constraints of varying levels of uncertainty and for an identified scope. Good quality estimates are those which are neither conservatively high, due to excessive ..
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Brown Field Engineering

Dec 05
Modifications to an existing plant, for its expansion, debottlenecking etc., entail a set of specific engineering tasks and documents which are not found in a "Green Field" (new built) development. As the modifications of the existing plant will lead to a change of operating conditions..
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A few things Engineering must do to enable the fast track execution of projects

Dec 05
precise definition of interface between disciplines, through procedures, responsibility matrixes etc, to avoid "waiting on others", close coordination between disciplines, such as piping and civil: engineers and designers to be grouped by work areas rather than by disciplines, ..
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Where the Engineering work sequence does not match that of construction….

Dec 05
On a recent visit to a construction Site I could identify clearly why civil works are a pre-requisite for mechanical works. Look at the picture here: the installation of pipes and steel structure on the concrete pipe-rack cannot proceed before all undergrounds are laid so that the area is backfi..
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How much detailed is DETAIL Engineering?

Dec 05
Similarly to realizing where BASIC Engineering stops (see corresponding post) it’s interesting to realize that DETAIL Engineering does not produce all execution drawings: some are left to the construction contractor to develop. The civil DETAIL design performed by the EPC Contractor, e.g. ..
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Why EPC Contracts are bound to be delayed

Dec 05
As the most common form of Contract for an industrial facility is an EPC Contract, we refer to EPC contractors, isn’it? This is a little misleading I believe… and offers an opportunity to unveil what I believe to be a systemic cause to EPC Project delays. One could imagine an EP..
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