April 2002

Special Report: Plant Design and Retrofitting

Treat a drawings update program as a healthy investment

Having access to detailed, current engineering designs is essential for the safety and efficiency of process plants

Goyal, O. P., Visiting Faculty, Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology

Experience has taught us that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) cannot escape the investment needed to develop and execute an engineering drawings updating program (EDUP). Drawings for any complex process plant undergo tremendous changes over the facility's life cycle, which could span decades. Operations, maintenance and engineering personnel must frequently refer to these essential plans. But, typically they do not reflect the as-built situation. And often whatever changes are executed remain in personal and departmental files without getting incorporated into the archived master drawings. This causes problems, requiring time-consuming, expensive and recurring extra

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