France: New approach improves E & I project performance ///

The "Vertical Integration Approach" (VIA) is a method that allows EPC (evaluation and procurement) and EPCC (evaluation, procurement and construction) contractors to be more competitive, spread risks, improve the quality performance on EPCC grass roots projects and assure that the schedule end-date is met. The key to success of all EPC or EPCC contracts is to achieve the best possible coordination of the horizontal and vertical planes. First, there is the horizontal spread between all the different disciplines, such as process, piping, structures, rotating equipment, E&I, etc. Second – even more critical – is the vertical spread between the different project phases – conceptual design, detailed design, procurement, construction and commissioning.

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