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Applicable Chemical Engineering
Developing the Basic Engineering Design Package (FEED, BED or BDP), reviewing the process description, the process flow diagrams, piping and instrument diagrams, and layout with equipment specification sheets are key decisions that are decided early in a project's life.
These crucial activities are a very small portion of the total project cost, but have a great impact on total process unit life cycle cost (the total cost of construction, operations and maintenance for the first ten years of operation). Correctly developing the front-end activities can result in huge unit life cycle cost. Our Key Associates can assist you in correctly establishing your projects.
Choosing a Consultant
Companies hire consultants for a variety of reasons that include:
1. It is the experience of the individual consultant undertaking your study that is important, not that of the firm offering their services. Firms that have been longest in the field do not necessarily employ the consultants with the most experience in the field. Many experienced consultants now work for smaller firms or even for themselves. So, whichever firm you choose: go for the individual.
Evaluate the experience of the consultant before employing them. Look for a consultant that has experience on applying the technology to your particular type of plant.
2. Ask to be put in touch with past customers. A consultant that gives good work will have good relationships with past customers and should not have difficulty in putting you in touch with past customers willing to report on the success of a project.
When discussing past projects ask about implementation. The deliverable from the consultant is usually a report providing recommendations for process modification and improvement. Were these implemented? If not, why not? Take special care to investigate whether or not the recommendations were practical.
3. Explore what experience the consultant has beyond the technology itself. For example, what experience do they have regarding equipment specific to your process (e.g. heat exchanger or distillation column technology).
4. In your discussions with the consultant inquire about repeat customers. What proportion of customers return for repeat projects? Expect to be shown examples.