Projects

Our industries are filled with potential, growth and interesting projects and programs all over the world. Safe Dimensions’ work on these projects and programs are focused on delivering integrated quality, health, safety and environment (HSE), security and social responsibility (SR) solutions.

Safe Dimensions provides health, safety and environment (HSE) support for strategic projects for large blue chip organisations to smaller one-off projects, whether new or existing and including those needing modifications, extensions, retrofits, upgrades and revamps and renovations. Our capabilities and experiences span internationally across every phase of project lifecycle (namely: concept, feasibility, design, procurement, construction, commissioning, operation, and decommissioning); thus aiding clients from their project development inception to its completion.

Conceptual Idea

Converting thoughts or concepts (of any business investment / project opportunity) into reality begins with conceptualisation. Project Initiation is about ideas, concepts, people, plans and focus – all coming together to build a cohesive picture. And that is all we have when we start… a picture. In a way, that is the magic of project management. Someone can define a vision and get a group of people to follow that vision. In initiation / concept phase, the idea for a new project is generated and the initial proposal describing the business need is prepared. Project conception generally starts with a manifestation of a requirement or an opportunity that will benefit the corporate interests, and culminates when one or more preliminary options have been formulated which will, theoretically, satisfy the business's expectations as originally presented.

Safe Dimensions aids orgnisations to establish focus and rationale for investment proposal in this phase, which identifies the business needs, rough order of magnitude cost and schedule, and basic business and technical risks, and documents these project opportunities in the Business Needs Statement / Statement of Requirements (SoR). The activities during this phase are designed to determine whether or not the proposed project aligns with the mission of the organisation, supports the achievement of short-term and/or long-term goal(s), and justifies development of a full Business Case, Project Charter and preliminary Project Management Plan (PMP).

Feasibility Study

Developing a new project is a form of investment. Every investment carries risks, and it makes sense to investigate the likelihood of success before committing resources. The investigation / study is usually the first time in a project development process that many key pieces and information about the project are assembled into one overall analysis, to identify opportunities and challenges that will make the cooperative successful. The study must show how well all of these pieces fit and perform together. The result will be an overall assessment of whether the proposed business concept is feasible.

Feasibility is the process of studying a need, problem, and solutions in sufficient details to determine if it is worth developing. The feasibility study should evaluate the project’s potential for success, from a market, technical, economic, legal, operational, sustainable and organisational (i.e. risk and opportunity management) perspective, and deliver a document / report that is often called a “business case”. The perceived objectivity of the evaluation is an important factor in the credibility placed on the study by potential members, lenders, and other interested parties. Clients hire Safe Dimensions as their consultant with a strong background / experience in risk and opportunity management and no formal ties, so that an unbiased evaluation of operating potential and efficiency can be made. Our work enables clients to make informed decisions about the projected success of a project over the lifecycle of a constructed / created asset. More so, our comprehensive study can then evolve into the market-driven strategic plan that is the road map for all subsequent decisions.

Design and Engineering

Design without engineering is akin to expecting a car to run without its engine. Engineering is the engine that brings the design to life and drives all its components so that they operate accordingly. A project will be brought to life and operate through a number of key engineering, including HSE engineering that not only holds it all other engineering works together and successfully in place but also ensures a healthy safe and sustainable life for people, assets, environment, projects and the business entity as a whole.
There are essentially 3 key stages in the design process of projects / business opportunities for which Safe Dimensions provides comprehensive technical design and HSE engineering solutions. These are as follows:

  • Concept Design: Also known as the abstract / theoretical / conceptual engineering design, the engineering work that goes into this design is referred to as the conceptual engineering. The goal of this design phase is to identify the very general type of solution that will be pursued. It features the initial proposal / definition that describes the business opportunity / requirement, and records the conceptual design options to identify all the possibilities and conditions to develop the project. It provides the initial designs document for feasibility study to commence, but it may include the feasibility or option studies to solution check whether what has been put on paper can be brought into reality. The Conceptual Design builds a solid foundation for the start of Basic Design.
  • Functional Design: Also known as the basic / front end engineering design (FEED), this stage takes the viable design to the drawing board for schematics and features the basic engineering elements. It establishes well defined technical specification, scope definition, risk assessment and project program resulting in greater accuracy of project planning for the implementation, start-up phase and beyond. Undertaking this will reduce risks, lower cost and reduce time to overall project completion. The goal of this design phase is to develop the design to a level where final investment decision (FID) can be prepared to trigger the project execution.
  • Detailed Design: Also known as the comprehensive / detailed engineering design, this stage involves designing all project elements to sufficient detail, in order to allow for their fabrication / construction to commence. The project team takes the FEED design and implements rigorous design calculations, HSE auditing, interdisciplinary review and operability checks. The workload rises as numerous documents and information are transferred between parties. This is the busiest time in the design phase of the project. It includes full documentation of the comprehensive design with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) considerations, as well as considerations of the start up and expected operations and maintenance of the project.

Safe Dimensions optimises each stage of the design process, through a proactive integrated risk-based approach and structure, so that clients are able to make sound investment decisions and execute their projects with minimal technical, cost and schedule risks.

Procurement and Construction

In procurement work, client requirements (such as engineering prerequisites that are drawn on blueprints) are translated into tangible items that are needed for construction / usage. It is a key role of EPC and to End-User or Owner. The most important parts of Safe Dimensions task in procurement are pre-qualification assessment, HSE assurance and quality control. Safe Dimensions help clients thoroughly assess and inspect ordered supplies / materials through every stage of the manufacturing process until they meet or exceed target HSE and quality criteria. We work with our clients to develop the assessments and screening criteria that fit their business and are appropriate for each vendor / supplier, based on the level of potential risk the supplies may present to end-users, community, business and partners. Inspections are done with our qualified auditors, makers, third-party organisations, and sometimes with clients based on precise, efficient and effective inspection plan.

Through our engagement with the market place, and our work in partnership with suppliers, Safe Dimensions are able to ensure that all supply chain activities for our clients are managed in line with sound legislative and corporate HSE and quality business principles, values and requirements. We support our client’s risk management and procurement strategy by reducing the cost, effort and risk of sourcing and managing suppliers. Overall, our proven risk model, approach and work remove barriers to trade for all parties.

Within the field of construction, it is important to have safe sites. Such construction sites and work includes many hazardous task and conditions such as working with height, excavation, noise, dust, power tools and equipment. Safe Dimensions have helped clients with controlling and supervising their site activities to ensure safe systems of work are followed. We identify HSE hazards on many construction sites and advice on how to eliminate the hazards, or where this cannot be done, reduce and control the risks that can arise. Advice is given on protecting those who are directly employed to do the work, others working on the site, visitors to the site and members of the public who could be affected. We also aid our clients in monitoring and reviewing the necessary requirements to ensure site HSE is maintained through to completion of the job.

Installation and Commissioning

Installation and commissioning are a key part of putting every operational unit and component (from individual functions, such as instruments and equipment, up to complex amalgamations such as modules, subsystems and systems) into service. To “install” means to put in place the relevant units and /or components and ”commission” means to carry out all necessary checks, inspections, tests and procedures on them. If installation and commissioning are carried out excellently, it is an investment in the units’ or components’ specified functional operability in terms of performance, efficiency, serviceability, reliability, safety and information traceability for their entire service life, and will ensure the safe and orderly handover of the unit from the constructor to the owner. Additionally, when executed in a planned and effective way, installation and commissioning normally represents an essential factor for the fulfillment of schedule, costs, productivity, safety and quality requirements of a project.

In the broader sense, installation and commissioning activities are applicable to all phases of projects and needs to be undertaken as a properly planned and controlled project. In practice, their processes both comprise integrated application of a set of engineering techniques and procedures that are applied not only to new projects but also to existing units and systems subject to expansion, renovation or revamping. Safe Dimensions offers high quality, dependable HSE support and advice that include everything from pre-installation survey and health checks for system readiness, RAMS pack submission, onsite installation and testing of equipment, through to its integration in the overall system to the management of both large and small test and commissioning projects for our clients. All this is achieved by following a stringent and thorough compliance process that aims to deliver the highest level of safety (i.e. enviable safety record in the industry of achieving No Harm) and efficiency with minimum disruption of business operations, while at the same time helping to reduce costs and enhance the business infrastructure, processes and productivity.

Operations and Maintenance

No matter how sustainable a business assets and facilities may have been in design and construction, they can only remain so if they are operated responsibly and maintained properly. Should these be the case, as most desirable by clients, the operations and maintenance (O&M) phase will most certainly have the longest duration of any phase of the project lifecycle. It is a crucial phase that typically includes the day-to-day activities necessary for the business and its assets to perform their intended functions during normal operations. Nonetheless, there could be combined operations (COMOPS)/ simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) with modifications, extensions, retrofits, upgrades, revamps, and renovations involved, as well. In all areas and types of operations, the overriding aim for the business and its facilities and assets should be to ensure their continued availability and safe operation. The maintenance strategy of the business should achieve these aims, while avoiding unnecessary interventions and risks (which could potentially introduce faults to equipment / unit that was previously operating reliably or bring about HSE related concerns).

O&M relate to the broad spectrum of services required to assure the built environment is available to and will perform the functions for which it was designed and constructed. In both activities and services support capacity, Safe Dimensions delivers safe reliable and optimised O&M support across business / industrial sites and assets. Our role provide clients in their O&M phase (including COMOPS / SIMOPS) with key services to meet their facilities design and construction intent for operations, minimise downtime, and ensure that their business O&M practices and long-term goals of economy, efficiency, resource conservation, and HSE necessities can be achieved and optimised. In this way, we drive operational excellence, provide lifecycle cost savings, ensure HSE compliance, and significantly improve the reliability and efficiency of their client businesses and assets. We also enable clients develop local content and operate with stable staffing levels.

Shutdown and Decommissioning

While the life of projects may be extended through modifications, extensions, retrofits, upgrades, revamps, and renovations to their assets / installations, a large number will face decommissioning over the coming years. Likewise, the necessity in having projects / subsets of projects moved, assets relocated or sites closed will often bring about their decommissioning from operations. This is because having those assets still in place or on location beyond a set time would prove to be risky, create unexpected costs, become a distraction, and overall become non-beneficial to business, owners, operators and HSE. Thus, every attention to details is essential for decommissioning project.
The decommissioning project involves the process from deciding the retiring from active service, Cessation of Production (CoP) and deactivation / shutdown operations at the end-of-life (EOL), carrying out the necessary surveys, managing redundant equipment / systems during normal operations, COMOPS, SIMOPS and late-life operations, to planning, preparing, gaining approval and permits for, implementing, continuous reviewing and monitoring the downsizing, deconstruction, dismantling, processing and removal, re-use, recycling, disposal or relocation of the assets as appropriate. It is immeasurably about sustainability, and with legislation growing progressively tighter along with the increasing development of zero waste strategies, the need for a smarter approach to decommissioning is unequivocal. It is also important that solutions are not over-engineered or over compensated for in costly, unnecessary remedial activity that has little to do with compliance to certain standards or processes.

Safe Dimensions work in decommissioning projects is built on a vast base of experience, reliability and respect for the environment. Our primary objective is to maximise reuse and recycling and minimise disposal. To this end, the processing methods we employ result in high recovery and recycling rates for a wide range of materials in most cases up to 100%. Our world-class support helps operators, equity holders, investors and regulators navigate the regulatory and technical complexities of late-life operations and decommissioning to drive significant cost savings, improve project efficiency, reduce risk and waste, and safely and robustly decommission assets and facilities.