Functional Acceptance

Does your organization have projects that must execute successfully without re-work?

Functional Acceptance, FA, is an easy-to-implement yet rigorous methodology that virtually eliminates project failures caused by one or more of the following mishaps:

  • Inadequate engineering/design
  • Poor construction quality
  • Materials of Construction
  • Inadequate testing
  • Poorly-defined Startup Procedures
  • Poorly-defined Operational Procedures

FA mandates the creation and maintenance of well-organized and thorough documentation throughout each step of any project or program. This detailed documentation serves as the basis for proving that proper due diligence occurs at each stage of the project. FA is a proven revolutionary management methodology that ensures initial steady-state operations and virtually guarantees functional success moving forward. A major global energy company is now using FA as part of its standard project implementation procedure.

Why is it important to guarantee success?

C-level executives, venture partners, and other organizational stakeholders are constantly seeking ways to increase profit while reducing risk and project startup failure. Implementing FA makes that happen and the following are just a few of the benefits:

  • Virtually guarantee initial steady-state operations and future functional success
  • Reduce environmental, industrial, and other business impact issues
  • Reduce overall investment costs by virtually eliminated delays, mishaps, and startup, operation and ongoing maintenance failures
  • Guarantee project quality with intended functionality
  • Increase uptime with increased product yields

What to do?

Assuming that the viability of the project investment is not in question, remaining issues most often revolve around risk mitigation and avoiding design, construction, startup and operating failures.

The implementation and proper execution of FA helps avoid the realization of risks and failures in some of the following ways:

  • Methods and Best Practices – implemented during initiation, carrying through design, construction, startup, operations, and continuing throughout the lifetime of the endeavor.
  • Software – implemented as noted above to identify, check, verify quality and functional intent compliance.
  • Field Devices – used in conjunction with software during all phases to collect and transmit verification data
  • Human Resources – personnel (engineers, technicians, analysts, team leads, etc…) used to implement and maintain the FA methodology throughout the lifetime of the endeavor.

What are the benefits of a successful project/program that uses the FA methodology?

Some of the benefits from using FA are as follows:

  • Larger profit margins
  • Minimized risks and their related costs
  • Virtual elimination of failures and their related costs
  • Virtual elimination of project/program delays caused by inadequate design and construction
  • FA-required functional testing assures a higher quality end-result with stronger performance statistics
  • Happier neighbors – by virtually eliminating failures that can cause environmental issues that impact those adjacent to the project, FA helps to foster enhanced community relationships that pave the way to make it easier for certain types of industrial applications to be placed closer to residential areas without protests and costly litigation.

Who should use FA?

A few of the industries that could benefit from using FA are listed below:

  • Drilling, Oil, Gas, LNG, Refining, etc….The use of FA would have prevented the BP rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Chemical & Pharmaceutical
  • Pipelines, Storage
  • Utilities, Nuclear Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Infrastructure
  • Mission Critical Applications
  • Defense & Aerospace Technologies
  • Information Technology

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