May 2017

Process Control and Instrumentation

Embracing MACs: A better way of executing automation projects

Historically, automation projects have been executed as single-transaction projects. Often, individual projects, along with phases within a given project, are bid with the potential for new vendors and different engineering teams.

James, N., Savoie, J., Burrow Global

Historically, automation projects have been executed as single-transaction projects. Often, individual projects, along with phases within a given project, are bid with the potential for new vendors and different engineering teams. When the in-house automation teams of owner companies had abundant resources, they were able to participate in, and manage, these projects to bring consistency and standardization, and leverage lessons learned from previous projects. The landscape changed when end-user organizations streamlined staffing. While the historical execution model continued, significant issues became evident, including: The impracticality of in-house staff managing and executing these

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