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Morley Selver

Morley Selver

Morley Selver is 'The Project Doctor'. Drawing on his over 35 years of industrial project management experience, he provides training, books, articles, information, and project management services. He has worked in industry, with and for consultants, and had his own consulting business. His industrial experience includes operations and maintenance, research and development, project management of small to medium size plant projects, construction management of large industrial projects, mechanical installation of heavy industrial equipment, commissioning and startup of industrial plants, and plant management.

He has been a project manager on projects in operating pulp and paper mills, oil refineries, terminals, on North Slope oil projects, board plants, and the recycling industry in various locations across Canada and the USA. His experience in industry indicated there was a need for basic project management training in the management of complex industrial projects. This was not well represented in the project management training arena and is what led him to write the published book “Plant Project Engineering Guidebook” plus several e-books available on his website. From this book he developed the workshop “Fundamentals of Project Management”, “Capital Project Cost Control”, and “Certificate in EPC Project Management”. The EPC Project Management workshop is accredited by the Project Management Association of Canada. He is a Professional Engineer (Canada), a Certified Senior Project Manager with IPMA (IPMA Cert B), the Director of Certification for the Project Management Association of Canada, and one of their “First Assessors”. You can visit his web page at www.bmoj.com.



By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
Project Delivery Systems The Final Chapter Off Take Agreements I want to continue, and finish, the EPC project delivery system I started in the October newsletter. One part of the EPC project delivery system the Owner has to arrange are the off-take agreements. These off-take agreements apply to any industry, not just oil and gas. The off-take agreement governs the sale of the product from the project. These are agreements that have to be in place before funding can be obtained. Lenders will not provide financing unless they can recover their money which comes from the sale of the product.... Read More»

Project Delivery Systems Continued
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
The last project delivery system we want to talk about is the EPC project delivery system. This is sometimes called a “Turnkey” contract. With this project delivery system, the Owner hires a contractor to engineer, procure, construct (EPC) a facility and once complete and operating, turns it over to the Owner. The facility has to operate to specified levels as outlined in the contract. Minimal Effort With an EPC project delivery system the owner puts in a minimal effort and so has less stress. The Owner works his way through the project life cycle and once he gets through the... Read More»

Project Delivery Systems
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
Design Build (DB) In this article I will talk about the Design Build (DB) project delivery system. You see DB projects in various locations, some examples being highway projects and pre-engineered buildings. DB is typically used for non-complex projects, i.e. projects that are not multi-discipline. With this type of project delivery system, the Owner sets up a contract with a single entity (designer and contractor in one) to provide the design and construction of the project. Governments use DB extensively, with industry not so much as most projects are multi-discipline. Within an EPC contract we may hire a DB contractor... Read More»

Project Delivery Systems
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
Last month I started talking about Project Delivery Systems. When you are managing a project you always need how the contractors, engineering contractors and construction contractors, working for you are organized. The different project delivery systems available to the Owner are: Owner Provided Delivery (OPD) which you may have been involved with. Design-Bid-Build - is the most common for projects and you are probably most familiar with this method. Construction Management - is a variation on the Design-Bid-Build. Design-Build EPC - which is a variation of Design-Build. Two Types Last month I talked about Owner Provided Delivery and Design-Bid-Build. This... Read More»

Project Delivery Systems
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
Over the next few newsletters I will be talking about the different project delivery systems available to you. Owners will have numerous projects and the execution of the projects will follow a project delivery system that the Owner determines suits the situation. As you know, the Owners, designers, and contractors make the decisions, provide the services, and perform the work to deliver constructed projects. These activities are known collectively as project delivery. The generic term “project delivery system” describes how these participants are organized to interact, transforming the Owner's project goals and objectives into a finished project. The project delivery... Read More»

Freight, The Continuing Saga
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
Just to finish off the freight article from last month there are a few additional items you should be aware of that could affect your project. To summarize, I talked about the Incoterms Free On Board (FOB), Free Carriage (FCA), and Ex-Works (EXW). These come from Incoterms (the international rules governing freight), and are the most common terms you will be working with. I also explained demurrage and how it can affect your project cost. So , what else do you need to know? Cash Flow Forecasting - EXW Every month you do cash flow forecasting and your method of... Read More»

Project Freight
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
As a project manager, there are a lot of things you have to be aware of know otherwise you could end up in trouble. One of those things is freight. On all your projects you will be purchasing equipment which will be shipped to your facility. There are several items you have to be aware of and be prepared to change if you perceive a problem. If you look at an equipment quotation or purchase order you will notice two items relating to the shipping. One item is a statement that states how the goods will be shipped. The two... Read More»

Oh Oh, We Should Have Discussed This With Operations! Part III
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
This article is a continuation of last months article on Operators responsibilities. Solicit input from peers for "moan list" item resolution prior to hydrotests, or other problems that have been missed in the design specifications. Once into commissioning operators will find things that don’t work or are not suitable. These can go on a punch list /complaint list or ‘moan list’. These items need to be resolved before commissioning. Not all items get done as some might just be a preference on how things should be done while others are actual problems that need resolution. In one of my workshops,... Read More»

Oh Oh, We Should Have Discussed This With Operations! Part II
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
This article is a continuation of last months article on Operators responsibilities. g) Participate in HAZOP reviews and pre-start up reviews, and file all review documentation as appropriate. The HAZOP is a Hazard and Operability Study. It is a structured and systematic examination of a planned or existing process or operation in order to identify and evaluate problems that may represent risks to personnel or equipment, or prevent efficient operation. The HAZOP technique is used to analyze chemical process systems and complex operations and uses software to record the deviation and consequence. A HAZOP is a qualitative technique based on... Read More»

Why Is It Called Fred's Folly?
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
Oh Oh, We Should Have Discussed This With Operations All projects are about solving a problem and it is important that Operators be part of the solution. This means, when you are managing a project in an industrial facility, you should have an Operations Representative on the project team. As a designer, you need to understand what the problem really is. This comes from discussions with the Operations Representative. As well, the Operators are the ones who have to live with the project so they should have substantial input into the design and construction of any project. Remember, Operations are... Read More»




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