Expanding Southland’s Process Engineering Capabilities


Expanding Southland’s Process Engineering Capabilities

In recent years, Southland has aimed to expand its process engineering capabilities and refocus its strengths within the process and chemical engineering fields. The benefits that come with the addition of a full-service, in-house process team allow Southland to develop and optimize industrial processes throughout all phases of a project to satisfy customer needs.

One of Southland’s key differentiators compared to other competitors is the proximity of construction to project design. Typically, these two phases of a project are separated by a bid process, which allows construction to decouple from design. By having constructability leaders and detailing as part of the design team, the project delivery cycle begins to shorten. Process systems -- especially large high-purity systems -- are complicated, with many unit operations and huge cost estimates. For example, a large ultrapure water (UPW) system can be a vast investment to design and build. However, the advantage of having a process engineering team in-house is being able to help with the cost and deliver large, complex systems faster.

Unlike typical mechanical systems, process systems are governed by strict quality specifications. Southland’s process team can interpret how these specifications are used during design and how these parameters influence the unit operations, which affects size, cost, and complexity of each system. The process department’s growth will add equipment engineering to the piping design, a Southland core competency, to ensure full process system design and construction. These capabilities allow Southland to branch out and pursue projects in other industries, including: semiconductor, photovoltaic, aerospace, and other high-tech markets.

With the expansion and development of the process department, Southland has partnered with outside vendors or system integrators that deliver the necessary unit operations to meet a quality specification for a part, computer chip, solar panel, etc. Process engineers deal with vendors on every project and the process team will be the bridge between Southland’s various departments and the high-purity vendors.

Overall, the growth potential for Southland to expand their business into high-tech manufacturing sectors is high. A robust process engineering department plus the strong core competencies of Southland will enable deeper market penetrations in the future.

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