The methodology employed in most of our engineering study projects study includes using first principle calculations and process simulation software called ASPEN HYSYS. HYSYS is an abbreviation for Hyprotech Systems, is a process-modelling software, capable of steady-state and dynamic simulations. It was developed by AspenTech and usually used by chemical engineers to mathematically model chemical processes, from unit operations to full chemical plants and refineries. HYSYS is able to perform many of the core calculations of chemical engineering, including those concerned with mass balance, energy balance, vapour-liquid equilibrium, heat transfer, mass transfer, chemical kinetics, fractionation and pressure drop. The diagram below shows a process, units operations and stream numbers. The table shows the physical properties of each stream. 



We also perform sensitivity analysis on crucial variables to determine which are the most important variables that result in the most significant changes. In addition, we develop accurate mathemical models that can be used to predict process changes as a consequence of changing the value of certain variables. Using Microsoft Excel, these mathematical models are then transformed into a form that is user-friendly to everyone in the organisation.

Containerised Plant Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L

​​​The key process plant design deliverables for this modular process plant project were: design basis, equipment & instrument specifications, process flow diagram (PFD), piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID), equipment/valve/instrument list, basic process control systems (BPCS), safety instrumented systems (SIS), functional specification, general arrangement drawings, cost estimate, datasheets, HAZOP study, hazardous area classification and 3D modelling.

In this modular plant, the process equipment, instrumentation, valves, piping components, and electrical wiring were all skid-mounted within a structural steel framework. Heat tracing, thermal insulation, and an integrated control system were all included in this skid-mounted unit. Each skid-mounted unit was designed to be a self-contained process unit and scalable. When a plant needs to ramp up production and increase its production capacity, multiple similar skid-mounted units could be connected together at the process plant site to form a large process system with a higher plant capacity. This modular plant design employed more steel than traditional construction, because each module was designed to stand independently and to withstand the stresses of being transported, lifted, and erected. The skid-mounted units were therefore structurally stronger than conventional units constructed onsite. 

The benefits of our process skid-mounted units are they are highly mobile and can be transported from one location to another as and when required. Since they are self-contained, our skid-mounted units have a smaller foot print, thus saving space in the process plant site. Our process plant engineers work closely with fabricators to ensure only quality fit-for-purpose modular units are delivered to the clients. Apart from being highly scalable, each skid-mounted unit can employ different process equipment such that by swapping different skid-mounted units, the modular plant process can be altered to pursue a different process objective. In addition, they are safer to fabricate because they are fabricated offsite. Fabricating modular plants offsite does not interfere with onsite operations and allows onsite process plant upgrade to proceed simultaneously. The ability to complete these steps in parallel can eliminate months off the project schedule, allowing process plants to achieve their goals faster.

We differentiate ourselves from other engineering firms in the sense that all our skid-mounted designs are conducted by our in-house process plant design engineers, supported by our performance-based technology to ensure that all skid-mounted units that our plant engineering designers designed will work effectively prior to fabrication. Our skid-mounted unit can be housed in an open steel frame or housed inside a shipping container. As process plant consultants, we have delivered many skid-mounted units to clients from various industries such as chemical process, mining, pharmaceutical and water industries.
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Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L

PROCESS PLANT CONSULTANTS


As process plant consultants, our plant engineering design services, supported by our in-house process engineering consultants , include designing robust basic process control systems (BPCS) and safety instrumented systems (SIS) for the clients. This short article provide an example of how our process control and instrumentation design overcame an engineering challenge. A mixer requires a precise temperature control in the accuracy of ± 1 degree Celsius. To achieve this process control, we designed a cascade control system as shown in the piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID). Cascade control system consists of two or more controllers in series and have only a single, independently adjustable set point, that of the primary (master) controller. The main value of having secondary (slave) controllers is that they act as the first line of defence against process perturbations, preventing these upsets from entering and upsetting the primary process. If there were no slave controllers, an upset due to a change in water temperature would not be detected until it had upset the master measurement. In this configuration, the cascade slave detects the occurrence of such upsets and immediately counteracts them so that the master measurement is not upset and the primary loop is not even aware that an upset occurred in the properties of the utilities.​​


​In this particular project, to achieve a precise mixer temperature, the controlled process variable, mixer temperature, whose response is slow to changes in the heat transfer medium flow, manipulated variable, is allowed to adjust the set point of a secondary loop, whose response to hot water flow changes is rapid. In this scenario, the mixer temperature controller (master) varies the set point of the jacket temperature control loop (slave). The objective of the slave loop in this scenario is to correct for all outside disturbances, without allowing them to affect the mixer temperature. For example, on a basic control system, if the control valve is faulty or if the temperature or pressure of the heat transfer media changes, this would eventually upset mixer temperature. However, with a cascade control system, the slave loop would detect the resulting upset at the jacket outlet earlier and would correct it before it had a chance to upset the master. Since cascade control system will not function properly if the master loop is faster than the slave loop, the process lags were distributed in such a way that the time constant of the slave is one tenth that of the master. In this scenario, the slave controller is used to maintain the jacket outlet (and not inlet) temperature, because in this way the jacket and its dynamic response is included in the slave loop. Another advantage of this configuration is that it removes the principal nonlinearity of the system from the master loop, because mixer temperature is linear with jacket-outlet temperature. The end result is the temperature of the mixer is highly consistent as monitored in the SCADA system.​​


Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Containerised Plant Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant mechanical design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Skid Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant mechanical design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Skid Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Containerised Plant Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Skid Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Skid Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
Containerised Plant Design - Jimmy Lea P/L
P&IDs - Jimmy Lea P/L
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Piping & Instrumentation Diagram - Jimmy Lea P/L
Plant Engineering Design - Jimmy Lea P/L


​​​​​​​​​​In general, our deliverables for process plant design includes:


Design Initiation

- Kick-off meeting with client's team and formulate design execution plan

- Site visit


Process Design

- Design basis

- Process design criteria

- Mass & energy balance

- Process calculations

- Process flow diagrams (PFDs) and piping & instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)

- Functional specification

- Process engineering design review with client

- HAZOP with client


Mechanical Design

- Lists: valves, lines, spares

- Mechanical datasheets

- Mechanical engineering calculations

- Piping and fittings design

- Material-take-off (MTO) lists

- Mechanical engineering design review with client


Structural Design

- Structural engineering calculations

- Structural lists

- Structural engineering design review with client


​Electrical Design

- Electrical studies and reports
- Instrument list eg pressure, flowrate, temperature and level
- Electrical datasheets
- Electrical engineering calculations
- Electrical design
- Electrical lists

- Material-take-off (MTO) lists
- Package SOWs
- Electrical engineering design review with client


Drafting

- Process flow diagrams
- Piping & instrumentation diagrams
- 2D and 3D plant layout
- General arrangement (GA), piping, platforms and structures
- Detailed pipe routing and support design
- Mechanical drawings - isometrics
- Detailed plant layout design
- Mechanical drawings
- Electrical drawings
- Pipe, site, equipment and plant labelling
- Structural concrete drawings
- Structural steel drawings
















































One of the modular plant design projects which our consulting engineers delivered for a Perth-based client involved designing a modular unit which consisted of basic process control systems (BPCS), safety instrumented systems (SIS), stainless steel tank, skid structure and ladder. This modular design also consists of pumps, instrumentation and process control, pipe and fittings. The project started off by developing the design basis and then completing the process engineering design and mechanical engineering design components.

Process engineering design
- Process equipment and pipe sizing
- Calculating pressure drop by simulation
- Multiphase process calculations
- Selecting and sizing valves
- Selecting and sizing instrumentation

- PFDs and piping & instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
- Developing the functional specification for process control
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) multiphase simulations

Mechanical engineering design
- Mechanical design of tank, skid structure and ladder
- Mechanical stress calculations
- Specifying nozzles and appropriate flanges
- Pipe material and schedule selection
- Pipe fittings selection and sizing
- Pipe routing
- Developing the plant layout
- Finite element analysis (FEA) structural simulations


​​Applicable Australian Standards:


Pumps
- Electrical performance according to EN60034-1
- Hydraulic performance according to ISO9906
- Mechanical seal according to 12756 & ISO 3069
- International protection marking, IP Code IEC standard 60529

Skid & Ladder
- AS 4100:1998 Steel structures
- AS 1657:2018 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders

Design, construction and installation
- AS 1170:2007 Structural design actions
- AS 1554:2004 Structural steel welding

Tank
- AS 1692:2006 Steel tanks for flammable & combustible liquids

Piping
- AS 2129:2000 Flanges for pipes, valves and fittings
- AS 4130:2009 Polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure application
- AS NZS 2033:2008 Installation of polyethylene pipe systems
- AS 4041:2006 Pressure piping
- AS 1345:1995 Identification of the contents of pipes conduits and ducts

IP Rating
- AS 1939:1990 Degrees of protection provided by enclosures (IP Code)

Safety
- AS IEC 61882:2003 Hazard and operability studies (HAZOP studies)

Drawing
- AS 1100.101:1992 Technical drawing - General principles
- AS 1100.201:1992 Technical drawing part 201 Mechanical engineering drawing​



























































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