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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

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»

Costs of Workplace Illness & Injuries
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
A few years ago, during a refinery startup after a shutdown, they had an explosion killing 15 people and injuring over 170. The refinery was fined $96 million dollars and it caused $50 million in damages. They accepted responsibility and paid out over $1.6 billion in compensation. This is an extreme case, however, there is a cost to workplace illness and injuries and I want to go over them with you. While I am talking about them, think of your own situation and what would happen should you get seriously injured. Also keep in mind that what would affect you... Read More»

There’s Nothing To Project Management
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
You Can Do It In Your Spare Time. Right now, in the oil and gas field there is a huge demand for project managers and a very limited supply. Companies are trying to fill the void in several ways, including; hiring IT project managers to fill positions in industrial applications; and getting an employee to manage a project along with their regular duties. It is the second method that I want to talk about as there were several attendees at a recent workshop in this situation. They were engineers whom management had offered the chance to manage a small project... Read More»

Sunshine & Rainbows, Part IV
By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
We Forgot To Check That. We were building a new facility and had to design a loading area to ship the product. The product was to be shipped by flat deck semi-trailers called B-trains which is one truck pulling two flat bed trailers. As we were in the frozen north, the trucks would be loaded inside at one end of the warehouse. Those on the design team were not truck drivers so we were trying to figure out how to get the trucks in and out of the warehouse. We were looking at a drive through as we did not... Read More»

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