Elements For A Successful DMW Project
A Sound Proposal
The project begins and ends with a sound proposal which is engineered and estimated.
Customer Focused Organization
Provide a customer focused organization with a defined project team, led by the project manager who is given full responsibility, authority and is held accountable for the success of all project deliverables.
The external customer must identify and support a single source decision maker who is fully engaged in all phases of the project.
Focus on Critical Areas
The focus needs to be on the most critical areas, such as specialized equipment or automation. These items require extensive review, verification and final validation.
Know the Crew – Handle the Details
The project manager needs to be seen and known by all affected parties: the customer, field installation crews, the project engineering team, procurement and manufacturing. He/she needs to identify the little problems before they become big ones.
The project team must foster a mind-set that comprehends and strives to mitigate/eliminate the impact and cost of non-conformance. This is a dynamic process that affects the entire project and DMW’s reputation.
Modular Design and Build
Modular design and build is essential in maintaining good quality. By installing the largest modules possible, field assembly is kept to a minimum with higher efficiencies during equipment validation and launch.
The project must be ahead of schedule at all times. With shortened downtimes, being on schedule also means being behind schedule. Early opportunity work needs to be identified and agreed upon with the customer whenever practical.
Having qualified and proven sub-contractors who are committed to project goals, where failure to perform is a non-event, is essential to a successful launch.
Successful projects demand a safety first mind-set and a preventive approach to minimizing/eliminating risk. Unsafe work conditions and job practices are inefficient, costly to our people, their families, the company, and our customers and therefore totally unacceptable and non-negotiable.