Four Steps

1. DESIGN

Control System Engineering

Phased consulting and design for optimal manufacturing solutions.

The capital delivery process for projects is not uniform among our clients. However, we believe everyone is best served when resources are deployed to maximize our client’s profitability. Depending on project size, risk and client preference; the following steps can help maximize benefits:

During the “Conceptual Engineering” phase of project development, our clients are in the process of identifying alternative solutions to their manufacturing challenges.

Fourstep can assist by providing creative automation solutions with sufficient definition for a +/-50% cost estimate. These estimates can support the elimination of undesirable projects before excessive “exploration” costs are incurred. Only the most beneficial projects are developed further.

Below is a list of potential Fourstep Conceptual Engineering deliverables:

  • Basis of Estimate Reports
  • +/-50% Installed Cost Estimates
  • Milestone Project Delivery Schedules
  • Alternative Analysis and Recommendation Reports

During the “Preliminary Engineering” phase, our clients have eliminated undesirable options and are refining one or two solutions identified during the “Conceptual” phase.

Fourstep can assist by providing Control Systems Engineering and Design with sufficient definition for a +/-25% cost estimate. These estimates can be used to justify further investment in a project.

Below is a list of potential Fourstep deliverables for this phase of a project:

  • Control System User Requirement Specifications
  • Preliminary System Architecture Drawings
  • Preliminary Functional Specifications
  • Preliminary Controls Conduit and Pneumatic Tubing Drawings
  • Preliminary Controller and Software Bill of Materials
  • Preliminary Control Panel Bill of Materials
  • Preliminary Instrumentation Bill of Materials
  • System Integrator Requests For Proposal Packages
  • Electrical Installation Requests For Proposal Packages
  • Pneumatic Tubing Installation Requests For Proposal Packages
  • Basis of Estimate Reports
  • +/-25% Installed Cost Estimates
  • Detailed Project Delivery Schedules
  • Alternative Analysis and Recommendation Reports

During “Detailed Design”, precise specifications and drawings are finalized based on the Control System Engineering documentation and drawings developed during the “Preliminary” phase. To maximize client profitability, only one solution should be refined during this phase.

Fourstep can assist by providing precise Control Systems Engineering and Design with sufficient definition to provide a basis for +/-10% cost estimates. Deliverables from this phase are used for final Control System fabrication, testing, installation, commissioning and system support after project completion. Estimates from this phase can be used to provide a final justification for implementing a project or to validate construction and installation contractor bids.

Below is a list of potential Fourstep deliverables for “Detailed Design”.

  • System Architecture Drawings
  • Control System and Equipment Functional Specifications
  • Detailed Software Design Specifications
  • Controls Conduit and Pneumatic Tubing Drawings
  • Control Panel Drawings and Specifications
  • Instrument Datasheets
  • Instrument Installation Details

For “Construction and Installation Deliverables” please visit our Construction and Installation page.

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