Continuing project awards sees engineering capacity increase

30 July 2013

Emerson Process Management has announced an acceleration of plans to expand its project engineering staff to meet the demands of major project activity.

“We have seen unprecedented project growth, especially in very large projects, over the last three years,” said Jim Nyquist, president of Emerson Process Management’s PlantWeb Solutions Group. “It is gratifying that customers are overwhelmingly choosing us, and it is also the catalyst to grow our engineering resources to stay ahead of the project load.”

This expansion follows significant growth in the past as well. Emerson has added over 2,500 engineers to its project execution staff since 2005. In 2012 staffing levels for project activity topped 4600. Emerson continues to grow in all disciplines including process control, safety instrumented systems, electrical and instrumentation, networking, and wireless as well as deep industry expertise and operations management. Based on the specific project needs, various disciplines come into play to achieve the user’s automation goals.

"We are not just adding staff, we are making them more efficient and effective,” continued Nyquist. “We have invested for years in standard practices and tools for project engineering and are taking advantage of global communications technology to be able to locate talent globally and then deploy our expertise anywhere it is needed. Our commitment is to meet our customers’ demands for competitive, predictable, high-quality engineering services that get them into production and making money as quickly as possible."

Project activity in both developed and emerging markets periodically requires focusing considerable engineering resources on one geographic area for a sustained period. Emerson’s engineering depth – including multiple wholly owned ‘back office’ engineering centres – enables it to collaborate globally and refocus parts of its overall global engineering staff for these occasions. At the same time, standardised project execution through its Project Management Office (PMO) initiative, enables consistent results anywhere in the world. Combining PMO standards and best practices with tightly coupled front-office/back-office virtual teams has reduced project execution costs dramatically on recent Main Automation Contractor projects – resulting in substantial savings for the end user.

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