Berns Supports Clients during Startup of Capital Projects

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Startup success requires a team approach with active planning and participation by all stakeholders. Completion of a well-designed, safe and best-in-class facility delivered on time requires the early development of a commissioning and start-up plan and schedule based on a systems approach and establishment of system turnover dates to support it.

In support of startup planning, each process unit is divided into systems and sub-systems to facilitate their completion, pre-commissioning and commissioning. This approach requires close coordination among the Client, engineering, process licensors (if applicable), suppliers, construction and the start-up team for an orderly turnover, commissioning and start-up while minimizing the impact to ongoing operations.

Berns develops a detailed Project Commissioning Manual early in the engineering phase that outlines the Client’s and Berns’s approach and methodology to implementing seamless commissioning and turnover.

Building Complex Projects Globally

Berns uses advanced construction methodologies on its projects and has extensive knowledge of country requirements and culturally diverse workforces.

Construction Management
As the construction manager on a project, Berns secures labor through carefully selected subcontractors with a proven history of safety performance, execution excellence and commercial success.

Construction Services
Our experts in field construction focus on constructability, performance engineering, rigging, welding, software systems and modularization.

Craft Staffing and Training
Berns maintains a database of craft personnel with both domestic and international project experience. Berns assigns craft personnel to construction projects based on qualifications and availability.

The company supports the needs of construction projects for entry-level and upgrade craft training; welder training; craft certification; and supervisory training. Berns uses training materials developed specifically for the construction industry.

Onsite craft training focuses on two major areas: assisting new workers in developing their skills to progress from entry-level helpers to journey-level status; and providing resources for skill and knowledge development/upgrade to journey-level workers.

Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Programs
Berns’s construction organization has a deep commitment to the health and safety of employees in the field and to safeguard the environment. Berns’s construction expertise is evident in its exemplary safety record. Learn more about HSE at Berns.

Open and Union Labor Postures
Berns is one of a few EPC contractors with the ability to successfully execute domestic and international projects under multiple labor postures including open shop/direct hire, union under either a direct hire or construction management basis or construction management/merit shop. Berns has a 10-plus year history of performing work in each labour posture approach.

Quality Control
Berns has a quality program that has been ISO 9001 certified. The program applies to both self-perform and project management construction work. Our Quality Control Manual is used at all jobsites and details the quality activities of Berns personnel for both self-perform and contract management projects. A quality manager is assigned to each project and is responsible for the implementation and coordination of the quality program.

Self-Perform Construction
Internal reviews confirm necessary interfaces occur between the various engineering disciplines assigned to the project.

Model Reviews :
Self-perform is Berns’s baseline construction execution platform, engaging local resources directly employed by Berns. When self-performing construction, Berns manages resources on the company’s payroll. This approach enables maximum control of critical-path and fast-track construction while also providing cost and performance benefits.

Sustainability and Construction
We work closely with Clients to develop a systematic approach to sustainability on your projects. Berns's sustainability mission envisions meeting the needs of Berns's Clients while conducting business in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner. Learn more about Sustainability at Berns.

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