Why We Do This…??


By Anil Seth 

Faridabad, India

The trick to getting things done is to list things to do in doable order.

~Robert Brault

This is an unusual opening statement, but what we are experiencing in project meetings today is stranger.

It is observed that the expectations from Lead engineers today are more than what they can really hold in their pocket. Often in the project review status meetings the lead is openly confronted for missing the schedule target. Nowadays the Project Engineers (PEs) are expecting that the lead should plan and schedule the deliverables, hence the burden of accommodating this in overall EPC schedule by PE minimizes.

The result is the project controller chases the lead on the deliverable dates without realizing that these are not negotiated dates.

The question now is what are negotiated dates of deliverable?  …

The stereotype approach seen now days are all the listed demands originating from Project Control.


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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.