Process Engineering

Process Engineering

In complex manufacturing buildings, the building design responds to the process requirements. Where you don't have process design skills in house, Arctica can provide these. Some of our commissions only involve process engineering consulting, with no building work required.

Our process engineers have a wide spectrum of qualifications and experiences, from mechanical and chemical engineering to operational experience of running factories.

Our process engineering solutions include:

  • Business rationalisation plans and efficiency assessment.
  • Equipment specification, comparison, procurement, installation and commissioning management.
  • Process review, evaluation and optimisation.
  • De-bottlenecking analysis.
  • Concept to commissioning a complex manufacturing installation.
  • Production staff training.
  • Second hand equipment search, inspection and procurement.

We are professionals in industrial process and infrastructure development who understand what each part of the team needs to do within the whole. At the same time we are specialists in management, skilled in keeping a team moving forward, ensuring actions are completed in a timely manner, whatever the obstacles, through the four main stages of a project.

We undertake projects that may be for buildings, for process installations or both.

Our process engineering services generally include the following:

Stage 1 - Project inception

  • Establish and communicate clarity of purpose about your business strategy and desired outcomes.
  • Oversee master plans, site acquisitions and funding requirements.
  • Agree procurement options, as these are linked to the desired outcomes and budget.
  • Translate the brief into a project execution plan and detailed master programme.

Stage 2 - Design

  • Assist with the appointment of new members of the professional team.
  • Oversee the design process, planning applications and other statutory obligations.
  • Undertake risk and opportunity management to identify and control scenarios which could affect time, budget and quality.
  • With access to internal health and safety advisors, ensure that safety is paramount through the design stage.
  • Principal Designer duties as defined in the CDM regulations.

Stage 3 - Construction

  • Monitor progress on site to ensure project timescales are achieved.
  • Co-ordinate direct contractors (eg, process equipment and IT).
  • Check that the contractor’s method statements are viable and that the plans for risk management are sound.
  • Ensure that robust team management and change control processes are communicated across the supply chain and maintained throughout construction.
  • Agree a set of project controls to monitor schedule, budget and cost control.
  • Oversee commissioning, agree completion, manage settlement of final accounts and ensure a smooth transition of the asset through to ongoing management.
  • Ensure that all warranties and maintenance agreements are in place and training of operational staff has been completed prior to live operation.
  • Assist in monitoring the factory operation phase to ensure that the project brief is met.

The 2015 CDM regulations require the appointment of a Principal Designer to control the pre-construction phase of construction projects. Arctica provides this service on many of our projects.

Our role can range from general advice on health and safety legislation, such as your statutory duties as a client, to the full Principal Designer role on complex multi-phase projects. We have pioneered a drawn approach to producing a health and safety plan rather than the ‘written book’ approach.

With our knowledge of process-driven facilities, we approach all projects with the same vigour, whether this be food factories, energy from waste plants or manufacturing plants.

Call us on 01780 482200 for more details of our process engineering services.

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