At Kharafi National, all engineering and drafting functions are undertaken in-house and, to optimize the utilization of resources, these functions are wholly computerized.
The Engineering Services Department (ESD) provides the company’s projects in the commercial and industrial, petroleum, chemical and power sectors with a full range of engineering services from conceptual design to procurement and construction. Its main office is in Ardiya, Kuwait. However to service Kharafi National’s overseas projects, the Engineering Services Department (ESD) has satellite offices in Egypt, and in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE.
In these offices, the department prepares drawings of existing facilities. It designs and produces shop drawings for all mechanical, electrical and plumbing works to be undertaken by Kharafi National. It details pump rooms, substations and HT rooms and produces composite drawings and builders’ layouts. The Engineering Services Department (ESD) also produces piping layouts and isometrics, the detailing of pipe supports and test packages. It creates fabrication drawings for piping, industrial steel and pressure vessels.
The department produces material take-offs to assist the tendering and procurement departments. It coordinates with sites and consultants to resolve design inconsistencies and prepares as-built drawings.
The volume of work undertaken by Kharafi National has increased exponentially over the last few years and the Engineering Department has been re-organized to maintain its high levels of efficiency. Its teams of lead engineers, architectural engineers, structural engineers and design engineers have been expanded through recruitment and coordination between the various disciplines has been rendered virtually seamless.
To improve designing and the preparation of shop drawings, and to make the analysis of technical data analysis more precise and accurate, Kharafi National has invested in a variety of first-class CADD software applications. These include, among a host of state-of-the-art application suites, MEP (formerly Autodesk Building Systems), Revit MEP, Hevacomp, Hap, Hass, and Carrier Hourly Analysis. Indeed the company was the first in the Middle East to implement MEP, benefiting from much reduced drafting times, increased productivity and clear, well-coordinated construction drawings.
Kharafi National is a member of internationally-respected professional organisations in engineering and construction. The company is ISO accredited and also adheres to the standards imposed on members by these organisations for particular types of operations. Membership enables the Engineering Services Department (ESD) to continuously update its professional knowledge and skills and maintain Kharafi National’s reputation as company that adheres to international standards in all its areas of operations.