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April 1, 2009

Project Management: Digital Handover Headaches

Electronic project handover has helped but standardization issues with data and system compatibility remain

Joy LePree

Project management can be a messy, complex issue for all involved parties and, likely, the most hair-raising aspect of all is project handover from the EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor to the chemical processor. In the past, this literally involved a truck pulling up with cartons and boxes chock full of engineering documents, drawings, operations manuals and catalogs. From there, the project owner usually took the load into a room somewhere in the facility where operations and maintenance staff would later spend countless hours searching for the particular drawing or manual they needed for a repair or other task.

In recent years though, both parties have become more sophisticated and made the process a digital one. However...

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