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Playing With the Engineering Milestone Schedule

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By Anil Seth 

Faridabad, India


The milestones are an important part of schedule and progress measurement. It is this landmark where the activities associated ends and hence provides the background for invoicing linkups. In technical term milestone activities are indicators of start or completion and hence have no Float/Duration attached. Therefore when we align invoices with milestones completion, we raise 100% completed activity amount and not the prorated one.

One typical Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is illustrated below:

The INDICATIVE PROGRESS MEASUREMENT WEIGHTAGE AT VARIOUS LEVELS are:

I. Function Level WEIGHTAGES
Residual basic engineering 01
Engineering 10
Ordering/sub-contracting 03
Manufacturing & delivery 50
Construction 34
Pre- commissioning and Commissioning and Handing over. 02
TOTAL 100
II. Discipline Level
ENGINEERING:
CIVIL/ STRUCTURAL 20(15-25)
PIPING 35 (30-40)
HEAT TRANSFER EQUIPMENT 06 (03-09)
PRESSURE VESSELS 06 (03-09)
MECHANICAL EQUIPTMENT/SYSTEMS 12 (08-16)
ELECTRICAL 08 (06-18)
INSTRUMENTATION 13 (08-24)
TOTAL 100
ORDERING & MANUFACTURING AND DELIVERY:
PIPING 16
HEAT TRANSFER EQUIPMENT 19
PRESSURE VESSELS 18
MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT/SYSTEMS 28
ELECTRICAL 07
INSTRUMENTATION 12
TOTAL 100

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About the Author

flag-indiaanil-sethAnil Seth

Mr. Anil Seth is working as Assistant General Manager in Project Engineering Department of Larsen & Toubro Engineering at Faridabad, India and manages the Project Engineering Manager Portfolio for hydrocarbon projects. Before joining Larsen & Toubro Ltd. Engineering and construction division he has worked for Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited. He holds B.E. degree with Honors in CHEMICAL Engineering from Panjab University Chandigarh India and has also done Diploma in Environmental Management. He is Certified for Harvard Manage Mentor and specializes in Building High Performance cross functional Task Force as well as Converting Breakeven Projects to Profitable scenario. He can be reached at [email protected]  or [email protected].

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is a technology-driven USD 11.7 billion company that infuses engineering with imagination. It is one of the largest and most respected companies in India’s private sector. The company a technology, engineering, construction and manufacturing company offering a wide range of advance solutions, services and products. Its Hydrocarbon Mid & Downstream group provides a wide range of EPC solutions for turnkey projects – green fuel / fuel quality up-gradation, residue up gradation; cracker complex, polyolefins& aromatics projects for petrochemical industry; hydrogen, fertilisers, gas processing, reformers & cracking furnaces; cross-country oil & gas pipelines, gas gathering stations and crude oil terminals.