digiProjects can be used in many market segments. Some examples are:
- Petro-chemical plants, for example SASOL
- Power generation, for example ESKOM
- Mining, for example ore crushing, slurry, leaching, etc.
- Mineral processing, for example, platinum refineries
- Defence industry design, procurement and manufacturing, weapons systems, main battle tanks, etc.
What are the main characteristics of a complex engineering project? The following list attempts to answer this question:
- The business consists of discrete projects, such as build a chemical plant, or power station, or the manufacture of a high pressure boiler.
- The equipment lists are extensive, sophisticated, and managed from design through erection as discrete items (frequently referred to as a “tagged item”.)
- There are many engineering drawings and documents are created and progressed through a number of revisions. These drawings and documents are required to describe the project deliverables in infinite detail.
- The design effort to prepare these drawings is usually extensive, multi-disciplinary, and requires very careful management and control of the man-hours.
- Many of the engineering drawings have bills of material (both for standard and exotic materials), which have to be summarised and managed so that the material can be purchased in bulk, prior to fabrication or erection, and that shortages are identified early enough not to impact the erection schedule.
- The procurement process is driven by the engineering schedule, which in turn is driven by the erection schedule. QC and Expediting are generally essential requirements.
- Fabrication is generally per the engineering drawings developed specifically for the project. Fabrication is often contracted out but could also be done in-house
- Erection is specific to the project.
- The terms “capital project”, “turn-key project”, or “green field project” are often used as generic terms for this type of project.
- The higher the degree of project complexity the better digiProjects will fit the requirement in comparison with traditional manufacturing systems.
- Turbines and Boilers (high pressure steam)
- Ship building
- Wind power farms
- Research and development enterprises that design and then create experimental and pre-production models, for example, new model development at a car manufacturer
- All manufacturing facilities that use the jobbing and batch manufacturing methodology
- All professional consultancies, for example, engineers and designers
- All research and development enterprises
- State enterprises
- Computer systems and software developers and integrators