The Importance of As-Built


By Anil Seth

Faridabad, India

I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left earlier they wouldn’t have to go so fast.

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In the EPC/EPCM business, one of the last milestones is As-Built submission. The general conditions of contracts stipulate the applicable clauses of As-Built documentations as: Customs Duty Applicable on As-built Documents

Customs Duty on as-built documents/drawings and other project documentation required to be submitted in accordance with Clauses of Part-II of the Bidding Documents, if any, shall be paid by the Contractor directly to the Custom authorities. Company shall reimburse to the Contractor the custom duty paid by him on As built documents ,at actuals, against documentary proof and subject to the maximum of the amount indicated in the schedule of prices (Appendix A-X). As-Built Plans

Upon completion of identifiable units or components of the construction and Erection phase of the project, the Contractor will complete all of the related plans to the “as-built” stage including all Vendor drawings). Contractor shall provide Company the as built documents in hard & soft copies distribution shall be as per sec. 9.5 as detailed below:

a)    Full size of all drawings.

b)    Bound sets of approved specifications.

c)    Hard binders of the manufacturer’s data book including certified prints and data for mechanical, electrical or any specialty equipment, which is part of the Contractor’s Scope of Supply. Data Books shall be complete with index as to tag numbers associated with manufacture’s data shown. Equipment data shall include as a minimum requirement the principle and description of operation, Installation / Erection and maintenance instructions, drawings and dimensions, parts lists and unpriced purchase orders. Data Books shall be bound in volumes limited to a maximum of 3 inches in thickness.

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The requirement for As-builts exists in almost all EPC/EPCM projects.  Then why do we loosely bind ourselves to this last Project Milestone.


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About the Author

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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 Forceas 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.