Main Automation Contractor (MAC)
With a large project, the automation is often a small piece of the overall project, but it is a critical component – once the plant is built, it has to be turned on. It is always on the critical path and it is a high risk item so there is value in pulling the automation scope out and involving companies that specialize in automation work.
It is common for organizations with projects or capital programs to leverage specialized automation organizations in a main automation contractor (MAC) contracting strategy to ensure seamless system integration and consistency within their control and information system environment.
Engaging an automation-focused MAC early in the project design stages can help to ensure that technology is effectively leveraged and there is strong communication and integration across all parties to remove overlap and redundancies in scope, identify gaps in accountability, and ultimately provide an automation system that meets the project’s specific needs and decreases project risk.
What is mCloud's definition of a MAC?
The Main Automation Contractor is “the single, accountable contractor who works as a client empowered representative to ensure effective interface between the project stakeholders (end client; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies; vendors; and installation contractors) throughout the project lifecycle for the control system integration and implementation”.
mCloud's Main Automation Contractor Approach
As a vendor-independent automation engineering firm, mCloud's Smart Process Team is frequently in a MAC role working in a collaborative fashion with process and mechanical EPC organizations, vendors, and trade contractors.
We have established an integrated MAC approach to manage and control the project, ensure asset and people safety, and manage operational and business objectives. We act as the single point of contact for all aspects of the project, ensuring effective interface between the client, EPC firms, vendors, and contractors.
mCloud's MAC approach follows our standard, proven project execution plan, which is well-documented at the onset of each project, and communicated to all project stakeholders to ensure success.