Why Project Engineers Exist!


Anil Seth

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Faridabad, India

In one of my papers’, probably where L-EPC approach was discussed, the Basic Engineering requirement was also discussed. While assisting in one of the Basic Engineering Projects our team mates or what we now say the Task Force Stakeholders raised many doubts like:

….the client has given Code3 (rejected) our communication architecture drawing.

….why Hazop closeout report is not listed in deliverables?

….if PFDs & UFDs are not approved, how P&IDs can be submitted?

This list was full of complaints and engineering arrogance. I still remember what I read long back:

You can get all A’s and still flunk life.  ~Walker Percy

In our industry the overall schedule (which nowadays is a Primavera output) is primarily developed with complete relationship for EPC projects only. This does not mean other types of projects like only E or EPCM or E&P services are of less importance.  But the resource loading for manpower & material is of complex nature when we are dealing with EPC schedules, and that becomes more complicated with variable calendar mapping if the Task Force Members are globally placed.

The meaning, without pointing fingers, I would like to make one confession. Most of us take up new projects with the understanding that half or more of our earlier work may contribute into 70% of the new project needs.

If we are mere photocopiers, there is nothing wrong with this understanding.  But where an engineers’ approach is needed, more introspection is needed. Let us see what we mean through one deliverable list:


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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 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.