The 5S Plan – A Proven Method

At Seneca, we firmly believe that any successful processing-related industrial investment must go through two key stages:

  • the project charter, which converts your business goals into clear work instructions;
  • the Seneca process package for technical success.

Our team has perfected these two work tools and grouped them into what we call the 5S plan (Steering Committee – Schedule – Seneca’s process package – Scope – Stakeholders).

They may or may not be combined, depending on the scope or challenges of your technological innovation project in materials processing. They provide the framework needed to establish the delivery dates, budgets and outputs that you wish to commit yourselves to.

The project charter

The project charter is a method that steers the efforts of a work team towards business success. It is a document that converts business goals into project management. By grounding the project in the business reality, this document properly and accurately indicates how to efficiently invest all available resources (financial, human and time). The charter includes a Steering committee, a Schedule, a Scope and the Stakeholders.

The project charter helps the stakeholders understand the project’s objectives, scope, deliverables, and necessary resources. This avoids miscommunications or misinterpretations which are all too common when business decision-makers and technical specialists collaborate. As a result, teams can quickly make the right decisions—ones that lead to the achievement of business objectives. Contact us for more information about the project charter.

The Seneca process package

To lead its clients to commercial success, the Seneca created the Seneca process package, an essential management tool for building a new plant or improving an existing one. More specifically, it is a unique conceptualization method for documenting the transformation process and providing coaching from laboratory to marketing, if necessary.

The Seneca process package defines a project’s technical management, in a way that can be clearly shared with all stakeholders, whether they be project managers, engineers, technicians or even operators. It is a communication tool that mobilizes a team and provides the capacity required to successfully market a technology. Contact us for more information about the Seneca process package.

Our Work Tools

Seneca is at the leading edge of technology. When you work with our teams, you benefit from the following tools:

  • 3D Scan: There are several advantages to performing a 3D scan (even in complete darkness) to obtain a computer model of an existing building, especially in terms of saving time spent on surveys. The design process is simplified, since different locations can be tested for an equipment’s installation. Construction also becomes easier and quicker, since equipment, piping and wiring are modelled according to existing constraints. The 3D scan is more accurate than surveys performed by technicians—it drastically reduces measurement errors, and leads to a much more accurate final design.
  • Intelligent P&IDs: These make collaboration between disciplines easier and enable the integration of different elements better by generating lists (for example, valves, pipes and equipment). They also help validate the system’s integrity by generating incompatibility alerts. There are many advantages for both new and existing constructions. In the case of equipment failure, operators can validate multiple solutions quickly and easily.
  • SharePoint: By working in the cloud, our experts can access their projects at any time, wherever an internet connection is available.
  • Collaborative project website: Access your project data and reports in real time. Through collaborative websites, our experts can share data required to speed up procedures for government authorities and other organizations.



1) Research and discover

Our engineers develop technical and economic models to validate different manufacturing scenarios.


2) Define the design

Our team develops prototypes and pilot programs to validate the design and the performance criteria for laboratory testing.


3) Laboratory testing

Laboratory testing is the first phase of process design. All critical elements identified in the previous step are resolved by our experts and all tests are documented.


4) Build a pilot- or semi-pilot plant

This new phase aims at testing the continuous process while optimizing it for manufacturing. Here, the process is developed entirely by our engineers.


5) Switch to commercial mode

The risks associated with marketing will have been lowered considerably by virtue of the rigorously documented completion of the previous steps. Our team will continue managing your project until your plant has been built or your operations site has been developed.

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