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Active Management of Pipespool Fabricators

By Stephen Wyss Bechtel Oil, Gas, & Chemical |

In today’s fast track schedules for constructing new capital facilities, the process of designing, delivering and erecting piping often falls in the project’s critical path. This is particularly true for facilities constructed in emerging economies, where the facility generally resides in a remote location, posing significant logistical challenges. Squarely positioned in the center of the piping design, deliver and erect (DDE) process sits the subprocess of fabricating piping components into erectable sections of piping, or pipespools. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor’s management approach to this fabrication is key because it impacts the project team’s ability to manage the overall schedule. In fact, if handled properly, management of pipespool fabricators can get the piping DDE process off the project’s critical path altogether. Before we address how the EPC contractor’s active spool management of the pipespool fabricator may positively affect schedule and, ultimately, the construction cost of the facility, we need to understand the challenging nature of the piping DDE process in today’s fast-track-project environment; and we need to briefly address the level…
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