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Our projects

Our Projects

Combined, we have over 50 years experience, gained on a variety of projects throughout the world. But no two engineering projects are alike.

Sometimes we manage a project from the very start and continue to be involved until the end reports. Other times we are brought in to provide specialist services in specific areas. Each brings different challenges. Each has different outcomes.

We would like to share just a few of these projects here.

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Our Projects

Rhead Group - Emissions Reductions Project (628) Quality Management

Rhead Group, National Grid

Peterhead, Scotland
5 May 2013 - Ongoing

QEM continue to assist National Grid with the Construction and Commissioning / Validation of two new build electric compressor units at the St.Fergus Gas Terminal, Peterhead.

After successfully assisting Land & Marine Engineering for 3 years, QEM Solutions joined the Rhead Group team to continue our support of the ground breaking Electric Drive Compressors.  

Having worked on teh project for 3 years, QEM have a good understanding of what is required to get the job done. 

Our current services include:

  1. Asset Recording and validation
  2. Quality and Validation Management
    • Creation of As-built records and documetnation
    • Management fo the RE18 and NSBP007 processes.

These responsibiliteis fall into the following categories.

Asset Recording

This involved reviewing all new apparatus, validating it against as-builts and redline mark-up's and recording the information in the new National Grid Ellipse Asset Management system.

Responsibilities included:

  • Review of existing issued for construction, and where possible, As-Built drawings, P&ID’s, Cable schedules, electrical & Instrumentation diagrams etc to establish scope for Asset collection for each piece of apparatus.
  • Correlation of all newly installed Assets with drawings
  • Referencing all As-built apparatus and ensuring they are allocated the correct asset codes
  • Recording all new Asset information in the Asset spreadsheet for entry into the Ellipse Asset Management System
  • Identification of anomalies in relation to Issued For Construction Drawings and documentation and onsite apparatus (where possible via visual inspection)
  • Assisting with the progression of Commissioning  programme
  • Attending Management Meetings to update Quality & Commissioning team of findings.

Benefits included:

  • On and offsite support and guidance
  • Multi-skilled personnel with an ability to understand asset recording across discipline

Quality & Validation Management

The project is now nearing completion and QEM Solutions were brought on board to ensure that all quality and validation documentation and activities were inplace prior to commissioning and handover.

Main responsibilities included:

  • Implementing the National Grid RE18 Process
  • Working alongside the Commissioning team to ensure that all apparatus is verified prior to commissioning
  • Maintaining and validating Project Quality Plans.
  • Review and update the Project Quality Plan and procedures.
  • Monitoring and measuring successful implementation of Project Quality Plans and Procedures.
  • Providing assistance to and working with Project Management and Sub-Contractors in developing and maintaining the detailed procedures and instructions necessary to correctly implement the Project Quality System and Project requirements.
  • Management of pre-commissioning validation process
  • Assisting and managing the development and qualification of weld procedures and specifications
  • Management of project traceability including welding /coating / backfill etc.
  • Review of material certification and supplier Quality Plans / procedures
  • Control of calibration and inspection activities
  • Providing an independent channel of communication on Quality related problems, initiating necessary Company action to resolve deficiencies and ensuring satisfactory solutions have been achieved.
  • Authorise stop work action until acceptable solutions to identified deficiencies have been obtained.
  • General management of Quality system, including NCR’s, remedial actions, auditing schedule etc.

Main Benefits included:

  • Having access to specialists that understand the RE18 process from start to finish
  • Back-up support from multi-disciplined engineers and disciplines to ensure that all areas were addressed prior to commissioning and handover
  • pre-established tools and trackers designed specifically for this process and this client.

 Services Breakdown

  Document Control
  Quality Management

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