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The process and manufacturing industries are facing unprecedented risks and opportunities from changes in technology, climate and demographics. At the same time, because of their global reach and resource-intensive nature, they have exceptional potential to bring about change - more sustainable construction and design processes.
Nowhere is the new super-complexity more evident than in process and manufacturing facilities and supply networks. Always a nexus of science, technology, sophisticated organisations and sophisticated buildings, they now have to integrate digital design and wider digitisation, as well as the challenges of decarbonisation and shaping a more sustainable future. This has to be done more quickly than ever as product lifecycles shrink.
When it comes to facility design, effort spent on developing a deep and robust understanding of what a process or manufacturing facility must achieve is always worthwhile. Over many years, we have developed a unique, collaborative method of project definition which maximises the value gained from your project. We call this Design to Value. Chip Thinking™ and new construction technologies enable collaboration and rapid iteration, while traditional process design methods force owners to make far-reaching decisions early in a project without seeing all the possibilities open to them. Time and again our clients have seen this Design to Value method deliver dramatic improvements in key business metrics, such as capital cost, lifecycle cost and speed to market.
Effective project definition requires understanding that must be shared across multi-functional teams in a manufacturing organisation. Broad data analysis, visualisation and modelling gives us the tools to help your teams and ours see the options at our disposal, the impact of our decisions and the best way forward. Techniques from process simulation to virtual reality are used throughout project delivery to answer essential questions and reduce risk.
Process industry project leaders are often forced to choose between process contractors lacking in first-rate architectural and building engineering skills, and architects lacking an understanding of a process engineering approach. At Bryden Wood we offer both. We recognise the importance of facilitating collaboration with subject matter experts from both the client’s organisation and the supply chain to assemble the best team for the job.
Our ambition is delivery of your built asset with an emphasis on Design to Value. This means understanding what detail will be required during implementation and providing it at an early stage. We focus on proving key engineering principles, resolving known risks and avoiding ‘handle-turning’ in predictable, low-risk areas of design. This ‘vertical slice’ virtual prototyping avoids propagating risks from early project stages into delivery.
Process engineering, DfMA strategies and manufacturing projects are of great importance to us and we are proud to have as clients both sector-leading blue chips and innovative start-ups.
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