December 2011

Special Report: Plant Design and Engineering

Knowledge transfer: A primer for major capital projects

Improve transfer strategy across the project supply chain to achieve smooth end-user takeover

Among the risks inherent in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects for grassroots facilities and large facility upgrades, transferring operational responsibility to the end users poses significant challenges. Seasoned EPC contractors manage this risk with a project-customized knowledge transfer strategy directed at all levels of the facility’s workforce. When the strategy is managed as a core feature of project execution, knowledge transfer can mean the difference between on-time, under-budget plant hand-over vs. a hand-over period marred by delays, cost overruns and initial operation incidents, all affecting plant integrity and profitability. The goal of knowledg

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