Why should an End User employ a Design Consultant?
A frustrated customer was fed up with issuing enquiries to three contractors and receiving three different solutions, with three significantly different prices and felt unqualified to judge between their technical merits. After all their business is boiling oil.
That Blue Chip company now employs us to assess technical requirements, write specifications and check contractor proposals for technical compliance. An astute move, since we have no commercial axe to grind and designs fit for purpose are now 100%.
What is our Design Process?
On a practical level, the design process follows basic rules:
- Due diligence requires assessment of performance requirements by means of survey and other data sources. Then and most importantly, involvement of the owner/user in the design process by addressing relevant questions pertaining to the specific application and take this opportunity to establish priorities in connection with energy economics, aesthetics, inherent reliability, acoustics and cost.
- Now the design work really begins by carrying out appropriate calculations and formulating a concept that satisfies the fundamental criteria and the various limitations associated with a particular application. This is the designer’s opportunity to exercise their flair to innovate and conceive solutions that stand out for one or more reasons.
- Next comes the practical development of the solution. The selection of plant and services or the development of a bespoke product using multiple proprietary parts. This exercise requires a wide range of knowledge of equipment available and careful consideration of performance of components and/or sub-systems to ensure that they are suited to the application and satisfy regulatory standards such as the pressure equipment directive (PED) and BS EN.378.
- Finally the details of the design should be described in the form of a specification and associated drawings as necessary. These are important documents which confirm the criteria upon which the design has been based, the design philosophy, constructional details of the solution and operational information including functionality of controls. A well-constructed specification also seeks to afford protection to both the designer and the owner/user or contractor in the event that there is any dispute as to the solutions fitness for purpose.