Owner’s Program at SPEC Process Engineering & Construction - Translating Your Needs into an Effective Engineering Outcome

The owner’s program model we have developed at SPEC Process Engineering & Construction is a document which allows the client, who is often not an engineer but a business owner or facility manager, to express the desired project outcome using readily available information within their own company. It is a practical outline of what you want your improved process or facility to do, helping us, the engineering firm, gain a clear image of your business goals with the project while avoiding any costly mistakes. At SPEC we prefer that the owner’s program be developed by the engineering firm rather than the client, and is tied into the design/build contract, often completed during the first study phase of the engineering project.

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Fixed Price vs. Guaranteed Maximum Price Contracts

Because SPEC works with a wide variety of clients and projects, we’ve found it useful to develop two contracting methods to better fit our diverse clients. We’ve broken down the two styles of contracts here,Fixed Price and Guaranteed Maximum Price, so that we can provide some guidance for any industrial clients facing this issue. 

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The Importance of Performing a Process Review Prior to Planning your Process Expansion

Prior to planning any process expansion project, it’s important to perform a thorough process review and evaluation. We've written up a case study of our work with a client where this proved particularly helpful, and have outlined specific issues we found when performing this review. We were able to identify weaknesses, inefficiencies, as well as gauge the impact that an expansion would have on their overall process.


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Part 2: Why a Bad Economy is a Good Time to Start a Capital Project

In one of our last posts we discussed reasons why many industrial firms are starting new capital/process projects in the midst of the bad economy. These companies are allocating funds to invest in new energy-efficient industrial equipment as well as fund major facility expansion projects. Here are some examples of companies who have had success with getting projects off the ground recently:

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Why a Bad Economy Might Be a Good Time to Start a Manufacturing Project

We’ve noticed a slight increase in industrial expansion projects, equipment buying, and companies taking advantage of energy efficiency rebates for buying and installing low-emissions equipment and implementing energy-efficient processes. Although the economic reasons to hold off on these projects are obvious, we came up with a list of reasons why we think more companies are investing in process projects, even though the economy is still far from a full recovery:

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Working with an Engineering Firm To Save on Project Costs

As explained in Part 1 of this blog, consulting with an engineering firm at the outset of a manufacturing expansion or renovation project can have significant benefits for a manufacturing client. In fact, one of our recent clients had already started working with a design firm when they hired us, and their experience illustrates our point well.

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