Engineer's Procurement Manual For Major Plant Equipment / Edition 1

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It is surprising how many engineers cannot evaluate bids properly, and therefore award contracts for major equipment based solely on the lowest price received. This book provides valuable and practical “hands on” guidance on engineering procurement formation techniques, from planning to placing the contract, in the mechanical, electrical, process, and mining fields. This book is unique in that it covers both the commercial (legal and financial), and technical aspects of an engineering contract for the acquisition of major plant equipment. For plant engineers, plant owners, legal counsel, upper levels of management who approve the bid evaluation and recommendation, and equipment suppliers who bear heavy costs for bid preparation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132947114
  • Publisher: Pearson Technology Group 2
  • Publication date: 2/27/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Lesser is a Consulting Engineer who retired from full-time engineering in 1989. This book is the result of over thirty-five years of experience gained in various key engineering positions, mainly with international engineering, process, manufacturing, and mining companies. He had contract administration responsibilities covering a wide range of major engineering projects, as well as feasibility and cost studies, and proposal preparation. He also held senior supervisory positions for the design, construction, commissioning, start-up and operation of thermal power, petroleum, petrochemical, mineral processing, and mining complexes.

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Table of Contents


Elements of Procurement Contracts.

Overview of Procurement by Competitive Bidding.

The Key Documents.


Strategic Planning Procedures.

Compiling the Contract Conditions for Procurements.

Developing the Commercial Terms Relating to Procurements.

Preparing the Technical Specification.

Drafting the Requirements for Bidding.

Managing the Bidding Period.

Receiving and Opening Bids.

Preparing the Bid Evaluation and Drafting the Bid Recommendation Report.

Finalizing the Contract Documents and Placing the Contract.


Bid and Contract Securities.


Specification Style and Document Form.


Introduction to the Sample Procurement.

A Series of Completed Documents for the Sample Procurement.

Appendix A: Locator Guide for Key Subject Matter in Bidding and Contract Documents.

Appendix B: SI Units and Conversions.

Appendix C: Trade Terms.

Appendix D: Common Abbreviations and Unit Symbols Used In Technical Documents.

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