June 2010

Plant Design and Engineering

How to avoid interface engineering problems

Here are several ways to accurately exchange information

Moulik, S., MWKellog; Saito, K., Chiyoda Corporation

Interface engineering is part of the detailed engineering of plant design when two or more engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors are involved. It deals with the exchange of design, schedule and construction details between all contracting parties. In the past, a large plant used to be built by one EPC contractor. Today, installations are being put up in a much bigger scale to make it more cost-effective. The time frame from when the investment decision has been made to commissioning is also getting shorter. To avoid any schedule or budget overrun risk, the owner may divide the whole complex into several smaller contracts implemented by multiple EPC contractors. The ti

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