Laying out a process plant on a site is a matter of balancing competing demands, many of which will differ from site to site. No other part of the process plant design exercise is more of an art than this. Safety, capital, and running cost, ease of maintenance and operation, and aesthetics have to be balanced, as do the competing demands of other disciplines and the vagaries of the particular site. Drawings are the key to the exercise.
Layout; arrangement; plot plan
It has been estimated that 70% of the cost of a plant is affected by the layout, and its safety and robustness are if anything even more strongly dependent on good layout.
This area is the most notable omission from modern ...