Procuring piping materials for a construction EPC Project is a critical step in ensuring that the project stays on schedule and within budget. Piping systems are an essential part of any building, as they are responsible for the distribution of water, gas, and other fluids throughout the structure.
When procuring piping materials, it is important to consider the type of material that is best suited for the project. Common materials used in piping systems include steel, copper, PVC, and PE. Steel is often used for high-pressure and high-temperature applications, while copper is a popular choice for water distribution systems. PVC and PE are commonly used in drainage and vent systems. Along with pipes, manual valves, fitting, and flanges are also an important part of the piping system, they are used to control the flow of fluid, connect and secure the pipes in the right place, and provide a secure seal.
The type of material selected will also depend on the specific requirements of the project. For example, if the building is located in an area that is prone to corrosion, it will be important to select materials that are able to withstand the corrosive environment. Additionally, if the building is located in a hot area, materials that can withstand high temperatures will be necessary.
Procuring materials in bulk can also help to keep costs down, as suppliers often offer bulk discounts. However, it is important to consider the storage space available and the possibility of materials becoming damaged or becoming rusted before they are used.
In addition to the material itself, it is also important to consider the piping material standard, as well as inspection of the piping materials. Piping materials must meet specific standards and codes, such as ASME B31.3 for process piping, ASME B31.1 for power piping, and ASTM for plastic piping. It is important to ensure that the materials procured meet the appropriate standards and codes. The inspection of the piping materials can be done either by supplier or third party inspection company, to ensure the quality of the materials before they are used in the construction EPC Project.