Theory behind Engineering Tables in Proposal


By Anil Seth 

Faridabad, India

The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour.

Ray Bradbury

What is an engineering table doing in proposal or pre-bid engineering??

This question is always in the mind of project or lead engineers. As far as my memory goes earlier we had only material requisitions. These requisitions were floated in market to collect cost quotes. Later on it was realized that after repeating same we had enough data to cost items in-house. Of course by this time we also had a loyalty back-up from local vendors. So a short cut was developed for “national” repeat clients called “engineering table”.

If we select rotary pumps a typical engineering table will cover the following:


Now, above example is not a compulsion?


Let us go back to the history of engineering table again…..

Earlier the proposals manager of an EPC/EPCM company was issuing material requisitions to vendors to invite item supply, this enabled them to cost for the project under bidding. These requisitions were covering complete scope from engineering, procurement, fabrication, inspection and delivery needs. In due course the engineering and procurement divisions of such companies developed a strong database resulting in lesser dependency on vendor detailed offer. With growing database the estimators in supply chain management started demanding only the table (and not the requisition) with details required for searching the database…and this led to birth of Engineering Table. So far it was good; the tables were helping the supply chain managers to cost within limited schedule and with reasonable accuracy. The problem started when such tables were issued to vendors for quotation.


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About the Author

anil-sethflag-indiaAnil Seth

Larson & Toubro

Faridabad, India

Mr. Anil Seth is Assistant General Manager in the 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].