Most often, an Owner's Engineer is an independent third party or subcontracted role representing the owner; undertaken to ensure that the technical and build contractors are adhering sufficiently to the project specification. Owner's Engineers also fill gaps in resources and expertise for a project. Ordinarily, the role is separate from the Project Manager's role as this often involves overseeing the financial and commercial due diligence aspects of the works.
Our service is to assist clients with professional engineering service on an as–and–when required basis. Companies require from time to time the services of professionals to complete projects due to a lack of capacity or capability. Most owners rely on the owner's engineer to perform this task for them.
The best is to start work on the project as early as possible, usually during the design and development phase. In a meeting with the owners, they can discuss the scope and goals of the project, and define the needs that will be met, so they can keep this information in mind as the project moves forward.
The owner's engineer inspects the design plans, timelines, and other materials developed to support the project. If the engineer identifies flaws, these can be brought to the attention of the owner to discuss various ways for dealing with them. A flaw could be a legal concern, like a power plant that does not appear to have sufficient safety equipment, or a design consideration that could become an issue later. A facility might, for example, have a very inflexible design that would make it difficult to adapt, expand, or build upon later.
During construction, the owner's engineer makes regular site visits to monitor progress. The work includes inspections to make sure the stated plans are being followed and the workers are using the right materials. The owner's engineer can also check for site safety issues, design problems that may become apparent only during construction, and other matters. The engineer generates reports to allow the owner to monitor progress and intervene if it becomes necessary.
Site owners have a legal obligation to perform due diligence in many cases. The owner's engineer can save owners money in the short and long term by making sure projects are performed to specifications and within regulatory guidelines, with an eye to the possibility for future changes to regulations that might necessitate remodels and other adjustments. This work requires engineering training and continuing education to keep up with regulatory changes and evolving industry standards and practices.
M-Tech has developed a fast effective service that assists companies with this need, mobilizing and demobilizing fast and effectively without harm to the project. M-Tech service caters for either a full turnkey scope of work service or alternatively staff augmentation.
Functions often include:
Project Evaluation, Feasibility and Planning
Management and Monitoring
Design and Engineering
Schedule Analysis and Optimisation
Equipment Commission and Test
Operational and Maintenance Review
Our successful clients include Eskom, AngloGold and Roshcon, but to name a few. The service is offered under our ISO9001 Quality system, project management and full back office support systems. Leveraging these central services ensures a cost competitive offering to our client. M-Tech have been appointed at Eskom as owners engineers and have been involved in the following projects (amongst others):
Optimisation of coal plants on all power station (Wet coal recovery). This project received the Eskom Chairman's award in 2008.
Generation Engineering Design Infrastructure (GEDI) project to provide engineering services for GBE system integration. This project was awarded the Eskom Group Technology Manager's Award in the Vision category in 2011.
Turbine engineering support to Medupi and Kusile power stations.
Medupi feedwater heater review.
Provision of Medupi and Kusile site engineering support.
Provision of Medupi commercial and contract services.
Professional services towards the design base retrofit pilot project and limited rollout that formed part of the back-to-basics initiative, and were part of both the technical execution team and requirements team for Generation design base backfit.
Condenser retubing reviews, condenser leak review and main condenser retubing investigations for Kriel power station.
Development of a critical spares classification criteria.
Various PLCM (project life cycle model) revisions, upgrades and developments