Integrated Design Management
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We have a proven track record in applying our design and co-ordination principles to produce value for money, integrated designs for projects in diverse, often complex industries.
Identifying the problem
Identifying the problem
The success of any design solution is a function of how well the problem was understood in the first place.We spend a great deal of time and effort at the beginning of any project ensuring that a problem is fully understood, that the available solutions are researched, and that the chosen design solution is agreed by all relevant parties, before any detailed design work is started. This methodology ensures that the amount of rework and option engineering is minimised during the detailed design stage, providing a cost-effective ‘right first time’ solution to our clients.
Once the problem is fully understood, we write an outline scope for the project, typically called an Initial Project Definition (IPD), to encompass the key performance indicators for the project. This enables the Project Manager and lead engineers for any one project to ensure that all engineering disciplines fully understand the needs of the project before the design is further developed. Managing the design in this way ensures that the optimal solution is reached quickly and with minimal wasted effort. It also ensures that decisions are not made without consideration of all of the major issues associated with the customers needs for the project.
We also use this IPD as a way of communicating our intended project approach to the client’s team of managers, engineers and operators, to ensure that the project meets their individual needs and they buy-in to what is proposed before progressing to the next stage.
Integrated project teams
Wherever possible, we like to integrate our own project teams with those of our clients. The degree of integration can vary from merely sharing offices to using our own and client engineers in one single team, drawing on the strengths of both companies.
Other areas which maximise the use of the team include:
- integrated design safety reviews
- value engineering reviews
- constructability reviews.
These are strategically positioned throughout the lifecycle of a project to provide beneficial feedback on ways of minimising the opportunities for accident and incident whilst also minimising the design and build times. The quality of the construction plays a massive part in each of these reviews.
Co-ordination of design
We use several CAD systems including AutoCAD, AutoPLANT and Medusa in a range of 2D and intelligent 3D design tools to produce a range of flowsheets, P&IDs, layouts, general arrangements, isometrics, and 3 dimensional views. We understand that each client and project has different requirements and we have no strong preferences for systems used. Our capabilty and flexibility means that we can accommodate whatever we agree with our clients will best meet the needs of the project.
Once we agree on the CAD system to be used, co-ordination drawings will then be generated to overlay the different disciplines on the project, ensure that penetrations through the walls and floors are accurate and that clashes between disciplines are removed. 3D modeling helps this process since all disciplines draw their equipment on the same base format and an automatic clash detection system then highlights the areas for attention. By co-ordinating the disciplines in this way, we ensure that the design produced is truly integrated between departments with full consideration given to existing equipment and interfaces.
Experience has shown us that the benefits to our clients of an integrated design ranges from a feelgood factor to the achievement of meeting programme, budget and quality. Other benefits include:
- excellent control of safety, accidents and incidents with reporting throughout the supply chain
- clear understanding of the goals for our client, WSP CEL and the project installation contractors to ensure that the project is a success for all
- a good understanding of the key metrics for the project, with buy-in from all those who can influence their achievement
- smoother migration from the design team through the construction handover team to the project validation team
- excellent liaison during construction between key installation contractors to ensure that they not only consider the work which is most important to them, but also what is important to the project
- weekly co-ordination meetings are carried out in a non-confrontational way which promotes the need to rise to project challenges.
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