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Value Engineering for Cost Savings

Value Engineering is a formal, structured process to ensure capital projects meet or exceed cost objectives without compromising project quality. ANKER’s project teams use value engineering throughout a project, evaluating options with a focus on reducing project capital costs as well as life cycle costs.

The value engineering process divides the total project’s scope of work into components and examines each individual component for alternatives that offer benefits in the areas of engineering design, equipment and material selection, construction, operations and maintenance. It is a structured application of proven techniques, applied at multiple phases of the project with the primary objective to identify cost reductions.

Value engineering is an area in which ANKER excels with an established record of success in achieving major cost benefits for our Clients.

Engineering Solutions to Meet The Most Complex Challenges

ANKER’s engineering expertise includes traditional disciplines, architectural, civil, electrical, mechanical, piping and structural engineering, as well as advanced specialties, including simulation, enterprise integration, integrated automation processes and interactive 3D and 4D modeling. Many of ANKER’s engineers are technical experts in their areas presenting at technical conferences around the world.

ANKER integrates engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, maintenance (EPFCM) and project management. The project design process incorporates early involvement of construction and commissioning expertise to ensure projects are designed to be constructed and operated in the most efficient manner.

ANKER’s engineering and design solutions are benchmarks for the industry:


ANKER’s primary design goal is to meet Clients’ objectives for throughput capacity and quality of product.


Design Reviews Focus on Client Project Requirements

ANKER performs design reviews at key stages to ensure consistent, efficient focus on the Client’s project deliverables throughout the design process.

Design reviews for projects include:

Constructability, Maintainability and Operability (CMO) Reviews
CMO reviews highlight, address and resolve CMO issues early in the design process for an efficient design and construction process, minimizing overall project cost. Reviews focus on:


Constructability

The reviews for constructability highlight any construction approach issues in the design, to optimize the project’s quality, safety, capital cost and construction schedule. Maintainability and operability input is provided by the Client. Client expectations and requirements are established during the Client Alignment session.

Maintainability

The review for maintainability addresses issues during a project's design phase associated with completing expected maintenance tasks, including reliability and maintenance considerations into the design basis; establishment of processes to ensure plant design minimizes impacts associated with maintenance; and pre start-up maintenance planning.

Operability

This review, similar to maintainability, focuses on minimizing post start-up life cycle costs of a plant and addresses plant operation, logistics and support issues appropriate during a project’s design phases.

Value Engineering Reviews

ANKER applies value engineering to projects at all levels of project execution. Value engineering reviews use proven techniques at multiple design phases with the primary objective of reducing cost without compromising project quality.

Plant Operations Safety Reviews (HAZOP Reviews)

HAZOP reviews ensure critical safety and operating characteristics are addressed to ensure safe and proper functioning of the completed facility.

Inter-discipline Reviews (Squad Checks)

Internal reviews are to ensure that necessary interfaces have occurred between the various Engineering disciplines assigned to the project.

Model Reviews

Model reviews, conducted with the Client, are to ensure the design accurately reflects the detailed definition of the project scope of work and design input requirements. They are held at approximately 30, 60 and 90 percent of design completion.

Baseline Reviews

These reviews ensure the engineering and design is being completed in accordance with the project baseline and estimate. The reviews are conducted throughout the design process, at approximately 25, 50 and 75 percent of design completion.

Technical / Peer Reviews

Technical / Peer Reviews may be conducted on critical items, or when the design is based on new technologies or products that have not been previously demonstrated as effective. The reviews are performed by individuals with knowledge of the area under review or by a qualified, independent organization.


ANKER delivers cost-effective solutions to Clients to maximize their assets, improve competitive positioning, and increase long-term business success.

ANKER’s engineering capabilities comprise proven processes and best practices available 24/7 via its award-winning knowledge-management system. This system connects ANKER engineers and technical experts around the globe, providing a collaboration tool for solutions to complex project challenges.

More importantly, ANKER executes all projects with paramount consideration for the health, safety, and environmental well-being of all current and future project participants and stakeholders.

ANKER’s engineering expertise is global, with office locations in 33 countries on six continents. Our engineering offices provide design, engineering, procurement, and construction management support to other ANKER offices throughout the world in the execution of projects.

Contact Us to learn more about how ANKER can support your capital project.


Front-End Engineering & Design (FEED) Capabilities

ANKER provides integrated solutions to Clients to manage their internal business drivers using the expertise gained from providing front-end engineering and design (FEED) services to Clients in diverse industries, including oil and gas, power and mining. ANKER has provided FEED services for major projects, including first-of-a-kind technologies, world scale mega projects and licensor design packages. ANKER has extensive experience preparing lump sum bid packages and has many reference packages to facilitate completion of work in an expeditious timeframe.

Front-end engineering and design is defined as the work required to produce process and engineering documentation of sufficient quality and depth to adequately define the project requirements for detailed engineering, procurement and construction of facilities and to support a ±10 percent project cost estimate. This distinct project phase is typically used to:


Evaluate options that will improve the return on assets (ROA)

Conduct hazardous operations reviews

Support internal funding requirements

Develop the engineering design packages that can be used to bid a lump sum EPC scope and / or provide the foundation for the detailed engineering phase

Prepare cost estimates for scope definition and for project funding

A Plant Solution by ANKER is a front end engineering tool for plot optimization and preliminary layout used to quickly evaluate design options for cost optimization of process plant facility designs.

Used on engineering studies, pre-FEED and FEED activities, software enables the rapid creation of conceptual 3D plant models along with automated routing, equipment creation and material quantity downloads. ANKER’s multi-disciplinary design teams are able to quickly create and evaluate multiple “what-if” scenarios, selecting and refining for the optimum facility arrangement.


ANKER EPC Projects Implement Construction-Driven Execution Approaches

All of ANKER's engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects are construction driven. ANKER ensures there is a smooth transition from the process development and optimization-driven execution defined by the study phases to a construction and start-up-driven execution platform defined by an EPC phase.

ANKER thinks first and foremost about how it is going to construct the project. Then ANKER works backward to formulate how it will get materials to the various sites. After this, ANKER determines how engineering will be driven and where. Key elements of ANKER’s construction-driven execution approach are as follows:


Proactive, early construction plans and constructability reviews

Integration of construction methodologies and execution throughout the project's life cycle

Best practices implementation through all aspects of HSE, labor, material management, construction and construction technologies

ANKER's global Construction Operations support group for personnel, training, tools and procedures

Best-in-class systems and technology to improve productivity and provide accurate progress assessment and forecasting

Design/procurement sequencing to support construction

Maximizing pre-assembly/modules on and off site where applicable

More specifically, ANKER ensures that handover sequencing and construction input are incorporated during front-end loading (FEL). ANKER leads the FEL process to define and co-ordinate scopes that are aligned with a construction and supplier strategy to allow for maximum schedule enhancement.

Key elements of this construction-driven approach include the following:

Early identification of the commissioning systems and as a consequence, the handover systems

Front-end development by the construction team of site logistics, craft resource capacity, and the sequencing of construction activities by work breakdown structure

Definition and monitoring of construction work packages

Development of engineering, procurement and construction schedules that reflect the start-up and handover sequence and completion dates

Delivery of engineering and procurement services aligned with construction work packages


Value Engineering for Cost Savings

Value Engineering is a formal, structured process to ensure capital projects meet or exceed cost objectives without compromising project quality. ANKER’s project teams use value engineering throughout a project, evaluating options with a focus on reducing project capital costs as well as life cycle costs.

The value engineering process divides the total project’s scope of work into components and examines each individual component for alternatives that offer benefits in the areas of engineering design, equipment and material selection, construction and operations and maintenance. It is a structured application of proven techniques, applied at multiple phases of the project, with the primary objective to identify cost reductions.

Value engineering is an area in which ANKER excels with an established record of success in achieving major cost benefits for our Clients.

Contact Us to learn more about how ANKER can support your capital project.

Plant Turnarounds, Shutdowns and Outages Services for Industrial Clients

ANKER performs or supports more than 25 turnarounds, shutdowns and outages annually for power generation, oil refining, chemical processing and other industrial clients. Whether for emergency repairs, capital project tie-ins, or major shutdowns requiring several hundred craft workers, ANKER has the management and staffing expertise to safely and successfully execute these time-critical events.

ANKER's turnaround teams follow a disciplined, multi-phase approach to plan, schedule, staff and execute turnarounds of all sizes. ANKER works closely with clients to develop a progressive series of implementation plans, beginning well in advance of the turnaround start date and concluding with post-project performance reviews.

ANKER's steady-state maintenance and sustaining capital project teams frequently perform turnarounds, shutdowns and outages as part of their onsite work activities.

Contact us to learn more about how ANKER can support your capital project.

ANKER develops process simulation models using advanced software tools to evaluate and validate process designs and to develop information needed for critical Client decisions.

HAZOP reviews ensure critical safety and operating characteristics are addressed to ensure safe and proper functioning of the completed facility.