Plant Project Engineering Guidebook


for Mechanical and Civil Engineers



Book Title:  Plant Project Engineering Guidebook for Mechanical and Civil Engineers
Author:  Morley H. Selver, P. Eng
Publisher: Multi-Media Publications Inc.
List Price: $69.95
Format:  Hard Cover, 409 pages
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978-1-55489-099-6
Reviewer: Dylan Harms
Review Date: November 2021



The Multi-Media book titled Plant Project Engineering Guidebook for Mechanical and Civil Engineers dives into a detailed overview for a plant project engineer through detailed real-world examples, guidelines, checklists, outlines, and provides a baseline written from the perspective of a plant project engineer based on typical examples.

Overview of Book’s Structure

  • Chapter 1 – Introduction sets the stage of the design layout of the book. The aim is for the project engineer to understand the 6 key points throughout a project life-cycle; What is to be done/Why it is being done/When it will be done/How it will be done /Where it will be done/Who will do it.
  • Chapter 2 – Project Authorization breaks down into line-item detail of the explanation of each element and importance of the project authorization list. This is exampled with past case studies, aiming to compile best practices within the structure of the check list.
  • Chapter 3 – Engineering Control and Design focuses on importance of outlining a filing system with labeling example for engineering files and drawings throughout multiple stages to mitigate risk or mistakes.
  • Chapter 4 – Procurement goes in detail of RFQ (request for quotation) process and provides guidelines that span over a large variety of best practice information.
  • Chapter 5 – Tender Form and Instructions to Bidders presents outline of a lump sum contract. This tender document outlines instruction to bidders, scope, specifications, and contractual agreements.
  • Chapter 6 – Scope of Work, Drawings, and Specifications details five sections of information one would provide to contractor(s) to create and manage scope.
  • Chapter 7 – Agreement and General Conditions of Contract focuses on which contract document(s) will control and drive the project. This outlines the general conditions that shall be included and referenced within the entire document.
  • Chapter 8 – Bid Meetings, Big Evaluation, Purchase Orders, and Contracts looks into what is incorporated within bid meetings, why you should hold an on-site visit for all contractors, and gives an overview of what is to be incorporated throughout the meetings.
  • Chapter 9 – Construction Management explains the importance of the construction management team, and why/how they should be involved in the design, procurement and construction phases throughout the entire project life cycle.
  • Chapter 10 – Commissioning Procedures gives a commissioning procedure outline that is modified to utilize for small plant projects. The entirety of chapters 10-13 together completes the commissioning procedure.


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How to cite this book review: Harms, D. (2021). Plant Project Engineering Guidebook for Mechanical and Civil Engineers, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue XII, December. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/pmwj112-Dec2021-Harms-plant-project-engineering-guidebook-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Dylan Harms

Texas, USA


Dylan Harms is a Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the public safety and utilities industry. Skilled in Engineering, HVAC, Sales, Team Building, and Public Speaking, Dylan is a strong self-starting engineering professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Dylan is currently moving on the path towards a PMP certification. He can be contacted at dylan_harms@hotmail.com

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