December 2012

Special Report: Plant Design and Engineering

Consider 'lean' engineering model to fast-track mega projects

Lean construction can raise competitiveness for an EPC business, thereby increasing its profitability and improving its delivery success rate and brand image.

Bennett, S., AVEVA Solutions Ltd.

Go to any large capital expenditure construction site the world over, and discuss issues of inefficiency, and then expect to be inundated with information about the processes being applied to manage this issue. The highest priority for the constructor is maximizing profit and meeting deadlines. Pressure to deliver the construction project on time can sometimes create apparently unavoidable inefficiencies. Efforts to maximize efficiency, increase productivity and reduce waste are executed inline with agreed processes. However, onsite subcontractors may not share the same ideals, or even be motivated to do so only due to terms of their work agreements. This collectively results in an uncoor

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