Poor specifications make projects more expensive, because contractors and suppliers are uncertain as to what the client really wants. Thus, to cover their risk they inflate their prices.
Many projects also fail because of poor specifications. When this happens, legal disputes arise and contracts, including the specifications, are scrutinized. Poor specifications will leave everybody, consultant, engineer, client and contractors, in a difficult position.
The aim of this workshop is to develop skills to write good technical specifications for the electrical power industry. These specifications are structured to clearly define the technical needs in general and specific terms, the conditions in which the equipment will operate, and the functional and performance criteria of the equipment. Participants will get the chance to review their own and other specifications, and evaluate them against a structured specification and then update their own specifications with the skills that they have mastered.
Parties involved in contracts and their relationship with one another
Parts of contract
Process to develop a technical specification
Parts of a technical specification
Ø Scope of work
Ø Normative references
Ø Service conditions
Ø General requirements
Ø Functional requirements
Ø Performance specification
Ø Ancillary equipment
Ø Quality assurance
Ø Factory and site acceptance testing
Ø End-of-job documentation
Ø A/B schedules
Upon completion of this course, you will receive 2 CPD Credits under validation number SAIEE-XXXX-V (TBA)
Prof. Jan de Kock - PrEng, PhD, FSAIEE
Jan de Kock received his B Eng and M Eng and PhD in electrical engineering from Stellenbosch University. He is currently a Professor in Electrical Engineering at North-West University. He has taught power electronic, electrical machines and final year projects to undergraduate students, and advanced protection and power system dynamics courses to postgraduate students. He is a registered professional engineer with ECSA. Jan is a fellow of the SAIEE and serves on its Council. He is actively involved in the SAIEE rotating machines section and with SABS in revising standards.
Professor de Kock’s professional training and experience encompasses the spectrum of electrical power system technologies. He has been a project manager and/or technical contribution to a variety of analytical consulting, teaching, hardware and software projects. His expertise in analysis of power systems includes steady state, dynamic and transient simulations, and quality of supply investigations. He has developed or applied hardware and software models for a variety of power system equipment.
Professor de Kock has wide industrial experience in the design, commissioning, and performance assessment of generators and synchronous machines ranging from 1 MW to 60 MW, induction motors from 50 kW to 14 MW, large MV switchgear projects, protection systems, transformers from 100 kVA to 315 MVA across a wide spectrum of industries.