Correct Practices in Measurement Improves Efficiencies During Construction and Commissioning

  • Conference Program
  • EPC
  • April 9, 2019
  • 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

During early design phases of engineering, either in sustaining or significant projects. Many times, we have heard experienced personnel on the project team conversing about, “we should write these requirements in equipment/instrument package specification…..”, “let construction determine the installation….”, “we don’t know how the cable is installed to this instrument…..”. And many more such instances, where the engineering project team does not realize the potential challenge and transfers the responsibility to others in construction or commissioning. Moreover, by assuming that others will take these simple to complex tasks care during later phases of the project. One always has to remember those construction workforces are doers of what is given to them as construction documentation.

Most of the difficulties coming out during construction and commissioning phases can be removed by implementing best practices during the engineering. So what are these best practices? Are these documented anywhere? Every measurement technology has a unique selection, design, installation, and commissioning
requirement. Also, all instruments are not the same; even the same category of product with different model
numbers is different. Selection and implementation of measurement technology is a multi-discipline and
multi-stakeholder collaboration, where coordination between disciplines at every level of engineering,
procurement, and design results in the best practices.

This paper/presentation addresses some of the best practices based on project experiences to be considered
during the engineering, design and procurement phases from the steps where an application is identified with
the operating and design process conditions to the vendors recommending the best measurement
technology. Such interdependencies, if worked correctly on these pieces of instrument/equipment will reduce
the overall TIC of the application providing capital efficiencies on the project. Doing it right in the first place also improves the schedule by eliminating the rework and thus improving the overall cost benefits for the