When Bath tackles a new industrial project, the first thing we do is ask questions. We want to understand the process, the daily flow of materials, the source of energy, the products of the waste stream, and the method of control. We do extensive research, making use of our excellent technical library, professional and industry information, and the Internet. Only after we understand our client’s operation, do we begin the design process.
Our engineers are problem solvers. Their formal training and hands-on experience provides a background that allows them to quickly identify the problems our clients face and to organize several potential solutions for evaluation. For example, one of Bath’s clients wanted to move a hot, viscous fluid through an existing buried pipeline that was not heat-traced. A barge of hot asphalt was literally in route to a North American port and facilities had to be ready to offload the product. Our engineers developed algorithms that graphically depicted the time/temperature relationship for the fluid, showing that the asphalt would solidify in the existing pipe before it reached the tank storage area. Bath then turned its attention to a search for potential solutions, comparing the cost of heat-tracing the existing buried pipeline to installing a new pipe overhead and in existing tunnels. Ultimately, they determined that a new pipe could be installed at lower cost and in less time than would be required for retrofitting the existing buried pipeline. Drawings were quickly produced, state and local permits were expedited, and a construction contract was negotiated. Within days, construction was underway. Bath's quick response to our client's request for assistance allowed our client to avoid a potentially catastrophic situation and solve its problem economically.
Most industrial processes involve the flow of gases through ducts, use power as a source of energy, and require sophisticated instrumentation systems. These are areas in which Bath’s engineers excel. In the aggregate, our team has several hundred years of experience working on the design of industrial process facilities.
We understand the complications that come with the renovation of plants that must remain in operation throughout the design and construction process. Many of our engineers were in plant operations before entering the consulting field, so they know from first-hand experience how important it is to carefully plan the project before, during, and after the design process.
Several of our industrial projects are listed in the menu at the left side of this screen. Click on a project's name to learn more about the scope of work.