Plant redesign

In the first stage of plant redesign, a leading service provider depended heavily on its principal designer. This post describes a practical case of how this dependency has been mitigated.

Sector: Private

Industry: Services

Domain: Chemical plants

Plant redesign.

Plant redesign: Preparation

Analyse

Organization. Plant redesign comprises three stages. First, one of the designers is tasked with producing a conceptual design. Then, a small team prepares a basic design. Subsequently, a larger team produces a detailed design.

Environmental factors. Competition with other companies.

Issues. At present, the principal designer is the only one who masters the conceptual design stage. Training designers in this stage is going slowly. Since the expertise required is largely unique, hiring is not an option.

State

Goal. Increase performance.

Objective. Reduce the dependency on the principal designer in the stage of conceptual design.

Benefits. Mitigated risk.

Plant redesign: Vision

Identify

  • Deliver a design service / Coordinate:
    • Estimate the required effort [implicit].
    • Determine the process flow [implicit].
  • Deliver a design service / Create a problem:
    • Appraise customer traits [explicit].
  • Deliver a design service / Create a concept:
    • Analyse the impact of a concept [explicit].
  • Deliver a design service / Create a solution:
    • Display commercial acumen [tacit, innate].

Compare

  • Reputation:
    • Estimate the required effort.
    • Determine the process flow.
  • Stakeholder needs:
    • Appraise customer traits.
    • Analyse the impact of a concept.
    • Display commercial acumen.

Plant redesign: Valuation

Appraise

  • Single presence:
    • Estimate the required effort.
    • Determine the process flow.
    • Appraise customer traits.
    • Analyse the impact of a concept.
    • Display commercial acumen.

Plant redesign: Transition

Scale

  • System. Include as instructions in the standard operating procedure:
    • Appraise customer traits.
    • Analyse the impact of a concept.
  • System. Elicit and include as instructions in the standard operating procedure:
    • Estimate the required effort.
    • Determine the process flow.
  • System. Circumscribe and/or illustrate and include as preconditions in the standard operating procedure:
    • Display commercial acumen.
  • Skills. Train the responsible manager in assessing designers on having the capabilities mentioned in the preconditions of the standard operating procedure.
  • Skills. Train the designers who meet all preconditions in the standard operating procedure.