Having organized vendor turn over packages (VTOP) and engineering turn over packages (ETOP) helps many groups when bringing a piece of equipment, skid, or system online. Having a thoroughly documented and planned VTOP/ETOP allows Engineering and Validation to have a smooth transition into commissioning and qualification (C&Q) activities associated with the equipment or system that is being worked on once the engineering phase of the project is completed. It does take a significant amount of time up front with dedicated people to assemble the multitude of VTOPs/ETOPs with the documentation needed, but it is well worth it as it streamlines crossover into validation activities and reduces the number of hold-ups associated with C&Q documentation review. When a VTOP/ETOP is not organized with the correct documentation, then not only do the C&Q efforts get slowed down, but other disciplines can be effected as well, such as metrology and facilities. One way to help this process early on is working from the start with the equipment/skid vendors and manufacturers the equipment is being purchased from and construction companies doing field installation. By working with these groups, the VTOP/ETOP organization and collection can be kept to only the relevant paperwork needed and minimize delays downstream in the process of bringing the equipment/system active in the field. While VTOPs & ETOPs are time intensive, the time saved using accurate and properly prepared documents are well worth it.
Written By: Emilly McMullen, Senior Consultant
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