Industrial projects are often characterized by sustained, even uninterrupted activity throughout the year. Cap Ingelec therefore adapts to each situation, as was the case for its design-realization mission for the modernization of the cooling circuit of the Volvo-Renault Trucks engine test center in Saint Priest (69). There, the manufacturer tests the endurance and performance of its prototypes for its “heavy goods vehicles” and “military machines” activities, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
“We only had 3 weeks last summer to go from one installation to another in strict compliance with the client’s process”, analyses Marc Boyer, Engineering and Realization Director of Cap Ingelec. A real pressure to which the engineering company responded with a very well studied organization upstream. “We had carried out the preparation of the project in March, the installation of the site in April, and the preparatory work on site in May, June and July 2017. In addition, we had put in place conservatory means that would have allowed us to return to the previous situation without damage to Volvo-Renault Trucks’ business in the event of a failure.”
This security proved to be unnecessary, as the new system worked perfectly from the moment it was installed on D-Day. “Cap Ingelec is used to working on occupied sites. Our job is to bring serenity to industrialists in situations which can quickly become anxiety-provoking for them when they are badly managed” continues Marc Boyer.
A turnkey operation
This turnkey operation included civil engineering and electrical work packages, but also the more specific supply of an overhead hydraulic distribution rack (100 m long, 8 m high) as well as air-cooling towers (TAR). “Cap Ingelec has the know-how for all building sites and leaves nothing to chance. Here, we selected companies who knew the site to optimize the intervention even more “. This general contracting operation was also carried out under the GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price). “This formula is extremely reassuring for the purchasing departments because it allows them to know exactly what the maximum financial envelope is. If we complete the operation by reducing the budget, the savings made are shared between the client and us. This is what happened with this contract,” concludes Marc Boyer.
Photo caption: Operation of craning and assembly in several elements of the 3 800 kW TARs