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Pre-Engineering and Plant optimization

In the field of project development and conceptualization, we assist our clients with a variety of consulting and (pre-)planning measures. Our services are cross-industry and provide customers with a broad foundation for further planning and implementation, both for conceptualization within existing structures and for the design of new (energy supply) systems.

A particular focus in project development is on the potential use of renewable energy sources, the identification of economically and technically efficient solutions, and adhering to established timelines.

Services in the field of project development and optimization include:

Planning of process and energy facilities:

Infrastructure planning:

Concept / Feasibility Studies


Concept and feasibility studies provide comprehensive answers to questions of energy supply, distribution, and generation, forming the basis for evaluation and decision-making.


  • Assessment of new installations Integration and expansion of production facilities
  • Process expansions and conversions
  • Conversion of primary energy systems to sustainable energy supply systems in view of carbon neutrality goals.
  • Solutions for new or expanded installations


Components of a concept study can include:


  • Site and needs analysis Construction concept
  • Planning and design
  • Coordination with regulatory authorities
  • Investment cost budgeting
  • Reporting and documentation of results


Energy and process systems need to be reconsidered over a longer-term cycle due to political and economic changes. This could involve switching to alternative fuels or the adoption of different technologies, such as combined heat and power. In addition to heat supply, we also examine other energy sources, such as compressed air, refrigeration, or ventilation technology. We place a particular emphasis on low-carbon or carbon-neutral energy sources and their efficient utilization.


In conjunction with a feasibility study or an energy concept, an assessment of the economic viability of various plant variants is conducted using our proprietary economic analysis tools.


Potential facility expansions, retrofits, and improvements are identified, presented, and evaluated in the course of a study. Subsequently, renewal concepts are implemented.


The feasibility analysis enables:


  • Verification of the feasibility of the task
  • Definition of potential conditions (or key criteria)
  • Solution variants
  • Creation of documentation for the analysis.

Project Planning


Project planning aims to align the clients’ ideas with building regulations and formalize them. Typically, the planning process starts with sketches, progresses through preliminary designs, and culminates in a proposal that is coordinated with the clients. In the final step, it delivers the completed design in accordance with the client’s preferences.


Upon approval of the design, the submission planning phase begins. During this phase, we prepare the necessary documents for the regulatory approval process on your behalf.


  • Submission documents (site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections, etc.)
  • Construction description
  • Geological conditions / groundwater level
  • Floor area calculations
  • Energy certificate or building physics proof
  • Daylight exposure proof
  • Building permit application

Furthermore, we guide our clients through the entire approval process and provide supportive expertise at every step.

Plant Optimization – Pathways to (Process) Decarbonization


In fulfilling our responsibility to future generations, we support our clients not only with our ‘classic’ engineering services but also with the development of site-specific decarbonization concepts.

With a focus on carbon-neutral solutions, we assess potential adaptations with the goal of efficient energy utilization, transitioning to renewable primary energy sources, and the integration of heat pumps (flue gas, well water, wastewater, and waste heat). Services in the field of plant optimization include:


  • Capture (3D Laser Scan) and assessment of existing facilities, along with evaluation of existing documentation.
  • Design and engineering of new utility systems.
  • Expansion and enhancement of plant components with a focus on improved energy and process efficiency.
  • Planning and development of power generation facilities and infrastructure networks.
  • Conceptualization & Engineering of flue gas and pollutant abatement systems.
  • Projection of future needs in relation to operational growth, process changes, and regulatory requirements.


Your Benefits:


  • Identification of potential incentives.
  • Proactive problem-solving rather than reactive remediation: We assist our clients in identifying future challenges (technical, economic, and ecological) and implementing solutions proactively.
  • Technical development in alignment with budgets and cost estimates.
  • Development of customized (energy) solutions based on years of experience across all sectors of plant design.
  • Relief and reinforcement of your internal resources.

Process engineering


The starting point of every project is process engineering. It determines how the sequences of process engineering can be implemented and takes into account technical feasibility, dependability (engineers often use the terms stability and redundancy) of real sequences and naturally their profitability.


We are at your side from process definition to commissioning, ready to assist you with our competence. Our planning services cover a large number of industrial sectors.


  • Power generation and district heating
  • Combined cycle power plants
  • Process industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Paper and pulp
  • Petroleum and natural gas
  • Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
  • Metallurgy


Our cross-industry know-how provides additional potential for working out innovative solutions including:


  • Block diagrams
  • Process flow diagrams
  • Balance calculation
  • Determination of individual processes, controls and regulators
  • Creation of the P&I diagram
  • HAZOP implementation
  • Determination of procedural lists


Risk analysis


According to the EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, every manufacturing company has the responsibility to put only safe machines into circulation. The way to reach the goal of a “safe machine” is to make a risk assessment.


Risk assessments are required not just for machines. Specific requirements for discovering and evaluating risks also exist for other products. For pressure equipment, for example, legislation stipulates that a conformity assessment procedure must be conducted in accordance with 2014/68/EU (Pressure Equipment Directive).


We prepare the required risk analysis for you so you can sleep soundly.


  • Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU
  • Simple Pressure Vessels Directive 2014/29/EU
  • HAZOP studies
  • SIL loop calculations
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

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