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MAY 2018

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May 2018 25 prep plant maintenance continued project" and will "have the necessary ex- perience related to that specific project," Industrial Resources reported. "Experi- ence with similar projects and past suc- cess should be two of the most important factors in the qualification process." Industrial resources taps a large pool of expertise to arrive at the best possible solution, Perr said. "In addition to our construction crews, we have our own in- house engineering and electrical groups as well as an American Institute of Steel Construction-certified steel fabrication shop," he said. "Industrial Resources has registered professional mechanical, civil, structural and electrical engineers on staff that have extensive experience with these types of projects." Company field person- nel include managers, engineers, supervi- sors and skilled iron workers, pipe fitters, operators, laborers and millwrights that are dedicated to delivering a quality pro- ject, he said. That enables a customer to "take ad- vantage of the expertise and experience of each of the contractors," Industrial Re- sources reported. And the customer then gets to work with a contractor who is not accustomed to the level of compartmen- talization typically practiced in the in- dustry. "Often engineers who work for a design-only firm have limited exposure to the construction and commissioning phase of a project," Perr said. In some in- stances, their work ends after the draw- ings have been completed and issued for construction, he said. "They may not even learn of problems that are experienced in the field or during commissioning phases." Not so for engineers under a DBC, he said. "Engineers who work for DBC learn very quickly that if there is a problem or some- thing doesn't work, they get a phone call and are asked to come out to the field and get it fixed," Perr said. "There is a lot more opportunity working for a DBC to get im- mediate feedback." Further, with the one-stop-shop theme of the DBC, "pricing of the alterna- tives can be more accurately established," Industrial Resources reported. In compar- ison, engineering firms are at a distinct disadvantage when determining costs for various alternatives, Perr said. "Since engineering firms do not perform any construction, they have more limited and third-hand information regarding costs as compared to the DBC that has firsthand knowledge of the individual costs of items, unit costs and overall cost of actual pro- jects," he said. Another advantage of a DBC comes from the synchronization of and the streamlining of the management of the many parts and details of a project. Those parts include performance requirements, process diagrams, general arrangement drawings, major equipment sizing, quality specification, maintenance requirements, and other relevant items, Industrial Re- sources reported. Rather than having to "develop a final design package to be used to bid a separate construction contract, the DBC method incorporates the project scope definition with typical commer- cial and material specifications to solicit pricing for both the design and the con- struction as one package," the company reported. And with the consolidation of re- LESS DOWNTIME IS MORE UPTIME with CleanScrape ® Belt Cleaner LESS IS MORE WITH CLEANSCRAPE ® BELT CLEANER. Less Blade Replacements / More Blade Life – lasts up to 4x as long as traditional cleaners Less Maintenance / More Performance – only one tensioner adjustment ever Less Concern / More Confi dence – safe for vulcanized and mechanical splices visit 800.544.2947 / 309.852.2384 ® Registered trademark of Martin Engineering Company in the US and other select locations. © 2018 Martin Engineering Company. Additional information can be obtained at and A GLOBAL FAMILY LESS DOWNTIME IS MORE UPTIME with CleanScrape ® Belt Cleaner

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