September 2017

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Project Management: Bridging the gap in revamp projects—From business need to design basis

Revamp projects are notorious for scope creep, cost and schedule overruns.

Revamp projects are notorious for scope creep, cost and schedule overruns. This article, based on considerable experience in revamp projects from a contractor’s perspective, will discuss improvements for a sound process design basis from the owner’s side. A sound design basis goes a long way in successfully meeting revamp project objectives. The open secret to framing a good process design basis is getting the scope right. Yet, a majority of owners and clients struggle to do just that. A few key actions, if undertaken in the early stages within the owner organization, can greatly increase the probability of achieving an optimum design basis. In FIG. 1, FEL 0 (feasibility or appraisal stage

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