Full Scope Piping Management Using HVECs
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Full Scope Piping Management Using HVECs
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'High Value Engineering Centres' (known as HVEC), sometimes referred to as 'Global Engineering Centres' (GEC) or 'Low Cost Engineering Centres' (LCEG), are typically wholly-owned subsidiary offices of global engineering firms used to provide design and engineering services on major projects at reduced labour rates.
What is it:
First instituted in the early 2000’s by major US engineering firms (eg Fluor Daniel), the concept is simple. By leveraging cheaper, overseas labour for certain tasks on an engineering project, the EP can bid a project at a lower blended hourly rate to the client, thus gaining a competitive advantage in the market.
Typically, certain simpler tasks, such as drafting and drawing production have been offshored to the HVEC, with a supervision and QC stream attached to reduce re-work of the product. The actual hours used to engineer the project are usually higher, due to inefficiencies in communication and time zones and quality, but because the global labour rates are so much less than North American rates, there is still a perceived benefit to overall cost.
As HVEC’s become utilized more and more and gain more experience, firms are moving more hours and more complex scopes of work, in a race to provide as low a blended rate to the clients as possible. This has resulted in a breaking of the traditional project model in the local work force, reducing the need and opportunity for junior members to enter the field and grow in their expertise.
How did it use to work:
Previously, before the introduction of HVEC, project teams were constructed of a balance of junior designers/drafters and engineers, intermediate level persons and top level, senior staff, all at various rates of pay, to provide the blended rate to the market. If there were a large number of deliverables on a job, you could weight the team heavily towards the junior/intermediate staff, utilizing your more experience and more expensive personnel for the technical, checking and supervisory roles. Junior members were supplied by local educational institutions and mentored on the job, through various increasingly complex tasks, increasing their skills and knowledge as the progressed through their career. Many moved on to be strong senior designers and leads who would then mentor a new crop of juniors in their wake.
SPED Egypt chapter and Engineering students were hosted for a very fruitful to VEC Valves Maintenance Facility in Badr, Cairo lasted for about 6 hours of intensive hands-on training, tutoring, and showing in detail all steps of valves recovery and maintenance.
VEC was founded in 2016 to provide the most proper and reliable valve engineering and supplying services for all types of valves anywhere in the world, including ball valves, gate, globe, and check valves; butterfly, Choke valves, and other types of valves for all applications.
VEC Partners of success include Flowserve Corporation, Merla LLC, BMT Group, and others. Know more about VEC from here https://vecvalves.com.
On behalf of the students, we would like to express our deepest thanks to VEC for hosting this visit.
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27 January 2022 - Lunch and Learn Session 1: Piping Assurance in a Digital World
Watch video of webinar at SPED YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y45VzkdKogo
Explore the methods available to check process plant layout and piping designs in today’s digital world. Most designs today represent the process plant as a digital model utilizing data structures tuned to capture the most important characteristics of equipment and pipe. It this form, plant data can be easily and accurately entered, changed, checked, reported, and repurposed.
By recognizing the design of these data structures and supporting software, methods can be developed to quality assure process plant data.
03 February 2022 - Lunch and Learn Session 2: Full Scope Piping Management Using HVECs
Watch video of webinar at SPED YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox_5wMnb2vc
There is has been a decisive shift toward using High Value Engineering Centers (HVECs) to cut costs of major projects. While most report some projected savings using this approach, there are persistent complaints that the trend is fraught with problems and presents new demands on Piping Managers.
Issues include but are not limited to:
December 3, 2021, HOUSTON, TX. The pressing need for quality in piping design is the focus of a new addition to SPED’s Piper Video Series. The additional course, Piping Quality Assurance is considered preparation for Level II of SPED’s Professional Piping Designer (PPD) certification.
SPED is pleased to announce its latest addition to the Piper Video Series, Piping Quality Assurance. The course reviews the latest principles and methods available to check process plant layout and piping designs in today’s digital world. The Society of Piping Engineers and Designers (SPED) began an analysis of piping assurance checklists and practices as part of its four level Professional Piping Designer (PPD) Certification Program. Level II, Pipe Assurance, assesses the quality assurance of pipe, plus a working knowledge of selected specialty piping systems. Under the direction of the PPD Advisory Committee and the SPED Board of Directors, contributed checklists and practices were distilled into a set of slides and reviewed by experts. Strong attention was paid to assurance of 3D plant models and their extracted documents and data sets. The general principles and methods found are presented in this course.
Over three years in development, the course is the result of reviewing existing design checklists and input from multiple experts. The result is principles and methods spanning process flow diagrams to mechanical completion and commissioning. Each topic contains examples of checks and typical errors from real projects and the course is an excellent reference for piping checking.
PPD Level II pipers are certified to be able to check their own work. This is highly desirable in today’s distributed, digital model work environment.
SPED only provides training to its individual members or employees of corporate members.
The current topics are:
Part 1 – Major Global Considerations
Part II – Assurance of process, control and equipment design documents/studies
Part III – Assurance of piping routing documents/studies
Part IV – Assurance of Field Work
Part V – Specialty Piping Systems
Pricing: All SPED Piper Video Series are licensed only to Corporate Members in good standing.
UPGRADE TO CURRENT VIDEO SERIES VERSION (CONTACT SPED FOR FULL UPGRADE)
Through January 31, 2022: Addition to existing video series licensees US$ 4,500
After January 31, 2022: Addition to existing video series licensees US$ 5,000
CURRENT VIDEO SERIES WITH NEW COURSE (3 COURSES)
Through January 31, 2022: US$ 13,500
After January 31, 2022: Addition to existing video series licensees US$ 15,000
Since 1980, SPED has focused exclusively on the needs of Piping Engineers and Designers, by:
Promotion of Piping Design as a Profession through Website Articles, Public Outreach and Chapter Activities.
Administration of the Professional Piping Designer Certification Program.
Training to increase Employability and Achieve PPD Certification.
Catherine V.D. Walt
Secretary / Executive Director
Society of Piping, Engineers and Designers (SPEDI)
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