Keeping a Project on Schedule With Used Equipment

IDI recently completed a 100% start-to-finish project for a confidential nuclear client who needed to design a new process and fit it in an existing room. We took the client’s specifications and engaged a chemist and lab who built us a pilot plant for the process. The information gained enabled us to do a full ground-up design including PFD, P&ID, and equipment design. It was a project that involved structural, mechanical, electrical, and process work, as well as a lot of adaptability. For instance, we were able to downgrade to a hot water system after determining we didn’t need steam.

There was a year-plus lead time on some of the tanks, and due to the client’s strict timetable we turned to used equipment. To arrive at the necessary modifications we laser-scanned the tanks—a cost-saver that eliminated the need to redraw them. We then completed a challenging layout design marked by limited space and short headroom; finished heat and flow and ventilation calculations; finalized the piping designs; supported the install; and provided engineering support on start-up.