Key characteristics and differentiators that utilities should look for during the selection process of an EPC contractor - No.1: Select an EPC contractor that actively engages in “lean practices” in construction and engineering

 

Key characteristics and differentiators that utilities should look for during the selection process of an EPC contractor - No.1: Select an EPC contractor that actively engages in “lean practices” in construction and engineering

 

Lean can be defined as “identify waste and eliminate it.” That consists of wasted motion, waiting, extra processing, defects, non-utilized talent, inventory management and more. But identifying it is more of a science than one might think. It takes strong EPC contractor company commitment; time to study movements and processes at a construction site or in an engineering office; the ability and desire to listen to the skilled craft workers and professionals doing the detailed design; and a willingness to implement change and continual improvements. For that very reason, few EPC contractor companies actually implement lean practices. But the payback is very significant – increased productivity, improved safety procedures, more on-time and on-budget performance, and a huge morale booster for craft workers and the engineers involved. Finding an EPC contractor company that pays more than lip service to lean practices can mean a significant improvement to the bottom line through efficiencies, along with a much higher level of engagement and ownership by everyone involved.

 

Source: Breaking Energy