December 2003

Special Report: Plant Design and Engineering

Plant design team: Think outside the box

Following all the written codes and normal practices does not necessarily ensure a good finished product

Pennock J. O., Consultant

At times, engineers and designers may feel “boxed-in” by what seems to be conflicting criteria from client, licensors, suppliers and government entities. Each of these groups will contribute specific rules, standards, regulations and practices to a process plant project. There may be cases where a design team has successfully complied with all the specific written project criteria and still ended up with a poorly designed plant. Good design is important to a project’s success. Good plant design is not just the simple interpretation of the applicable written criteria. Skillful design includes how the criteria are applied. While it is true that the design team mu

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