Case Studies

The following case studies will have end client and location details purposely left out to not infringe any confidentiality.

Case Study 1

I was the site engineering manager for a large control system replacement project for a coal fired power station in Wales. The first generating unit was completed by a competitor. The company I represented was selected to carry out the control system replacement works on the remaining 2 units. This involved surveying the recently replaced control system to create an I/O database consisting of approximately 2,500 I/O. I designed and created this database to enable the team to input their survey data. From this data I created all the cable lists, cable termination schedules, commissioning I/O test documents, used the database to report commissioning progress to the station team and prioritised the I/O to be tested to ensure the plant was ready at the right time for a successful return to service. We successfully returned the unit back in to service on time. We delivered to the client an accurate database detailing all cables, termination details etc. As part of this project we also removed the obsolete back wall operator control panels on each unit and replaced them with modern operator display walls.

Case Study 2

I was part of an on-site team responsible for the control system upgrade of a generating unit on one of the UK’s largest coal fired power stations at that time. I was responsible for the database design and creation. I also had to import several disparate I/O data sources in to the new I/O database. I was responsible for the creation of all cable termination schedules, commissioning I/O test sheets and plant order of priority lists for commissioning. I was also responsible for the specification and design of the control room operator desks and back wall display systems. During cable installation and termination phases I was responsible for resolving any cable and termination queries from our site installation sub-contractors. This also included planning and scheduling work areas to ensure plant was ready for testing and commissioning when needed. This unit was returned to service on time and to budget.

Case Study 3

Four major companies made up a JV to bid for a large framework for major nuclear client. There was 4 LOTs and I was asked to lead the LOT associated with EC&I. I had to develop suitable solutions for the three virtual projects that had been issued by the end client. This involved liaising with the various JV companies and four exclusive companies that made up the bidding team. The JV were successful in securing this multimillion point 5+5+5 year framework. Case Study 4
I was responsible for getting the company I represented selected for a 3+1 year control system framework with a large nuclear client. This involved answering over 100 PQQ style questions including topics such as Quality, Health, Safety & Environment, Control system solutions & methodologies, management & delivery philosophies, pricing structure & commercial terms etc. The company was successful in getting on this frame work. I then continued to manage this frame work securing and overseeing more than 80% of the project value that came out of this frame work.

Case Study 4

I led the bid team responsible for the development of a Siemens PCS7 solution for a new build biomass plant. This included the development of 400VAC switchboard solutions, a site wide UPS solution, a site wide diesel generator solution, above ground earthing, lighting & small power and all the instrumentation cable installation works. I was also part of the negotiating team sent over to the EPC head quarters as the lead technical representative during the final contract negotiations which resulted in successfully winning the project.

Case study 5

I was the engineering manager based on site at Bradwell Power Station responsible for the upgrade of the instrumentation on two fueling machines to enable new control systems to be retrofitted. I designed the C&I modifications, managed a site installation team and carried out the plant side commissioning with software engineers driving the control system from the fuel route control rooms. The project also included a full refurbishment of the fuel route control rooms and new operator control desks. This enabled the removal of more than 20,000 fuel elements per reactor with full traceability to ensure no fuel elements were left in the reactors.

Case Study 6

Site Manager for a power station main control system replacement project. Responsible for a site based engineering team looking after the interface design, implementation and commissioning. This included full installation of a new operator desk and back wall display system. My duties also included the development of an outage programme which the client used as the driver for the overall station’s outage plan. The generating unit was returned to service on time and to budget. This process was repeated successfully on a further three generating units all of which were returned back in to service after outages on time. We also carried out a full control system replacement of the stations common services equipment and water treatment plant.

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