December 2014

Special Report: Plant Design, Engineering and Construction

Improve execution of capital projects with advanced technologies

The E&C industry is now poised for a major leap forward in utilizing advancements in information technologies and, thus, enabling itself to greatly boost project performance.

Avidan, A. A., Bechtel Corp.

The engineering and construction (E&C) of capital projects has changed significantly over the past few decades. These changes have been driven by advanced information technologies, which have also had major impacts on all aspects of our lives. These developments involve how project information is managed and handled.     Fig. 1. Australia Pacific LNG project under construction   on Curtis Island near Gladstone, Australia. Photo courtesy   of Bechtel Corp. Automating E&C projects Mainframe computers enabled increased automation of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work processes in the 1970s. The growing use of PCs accelerated this trend in t

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