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Project Optimization Through Engineering

By Thane Brown Procter & Gamble (retired) Sonali Singh ASD Global |

In the face of intense market pressures, companies are increasingly requiring their engineering organizations to complete capital projects more quickly, while spending less capital and creating systems that cost less to operate over the long run. They are also asked to do this with fewer engineers. While this “do more with less” philosophy may not seem feasible to some, it is possible when the following conditions are met1: • The project team, before work begins, sets clear, measurable objectives using input from both business and technical managers. Getting the management to fully engage and provide quality input for objective-setting can be difficult. A proven process for setting objectives and implementing techniques for getting high-quality management input can be found in [1]. • The project team creates and studies a comprehensive list of design options early on, and continues doing so throughout the life of the project. This will help create a strong economic focus. Experience has shown that when leaders maintain such focus throughout the project, project teams can reduce capital costs by 5–10% and keep scope changes to no more than 1% of capital TABLE 1. PROJECT PHASES AND DESIGN PROGRESSION     Process-development…
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