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An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design by Sean Moran

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Part 4. High Level Design

The previous section was a description of how to design the components and subsystems of a process plant, but the ability to do this is not why process plant designers get the big bucks. We are paid to produce a design integrated at a higher level than this, so that all the subsections work together well.

I have identified three areas where a whole-plant understanding is most important—process control, layout, and safety. This understanding has to be fed back to the subsystem design covered in the last section, but these three areas have to be addressed primarily at the whole-system level.

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