December 2005

Special Report: Plant Design and Engineering

Laser scanning solutions secure accurate dimensional data

This engineering and construction planning tool can reduce schedules, overall costs and exposure to potentially hazardous onsite environments

McGill, J., Quantapoint; Clarke, R., Griffin, V., Fluor Corp.

In October 2001, the Houston office of a large engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance service organization began a series of projects for a major Gulf Coast refinery. The goal was to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and highly reactive volatile organic compounds to comply with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality clean air regulations. The projects ultimately improved the control and monitoring of emissions across the entire plantsite. A significant portion of the work included modifying 17 tightly spaced process heaters, 3 carbon monoxide boilers and 1 FCC scrubber column. The heaters and boilers required replacing older burners with new ultra-low NOx bur

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