Value of Engineering

Berns EPC Projects Implement Construction-Driven Execution Approaches

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Berns's engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects are construction driven. We confirm a smooth transition from 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.

Berns thinks first and foremost about executing project construction. Then we work backward, formulating how to get materials to the various sites. After this, Berns determines how and where to drive engineering. Key elements of <Berns’s construction-driven execution approach are as follows:

  • Best practices implementation through all aspects of HSE, labor, material management, construction and construction technologies
  • Best-in-class systems and technology to improve productivity and provide accurate progress assessment and forecasting
  • Design/procurement sequencing to support construction
  • Berns's global Construction Operations support group for personnel, training, tools and procedures
  • Integration of construction methodologies and execution throughout the project's life cycle
  • Maximizing preassembly/modules on and off site where applicable
  • Proactive, early construction plans and constructability reviews

More specifically, Berns verifies handover sequencing and construction input are incorporated during front-end loading (FEL). Our experts lead the FEL process to define and coordinate scopes aligned with a construction and supplier strategy, allowing for maximum schedule enhancement.

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. Berns'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, examining 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 we excel, with an established record of success in achieving major cost benefits for our Clients.