Cost Tightline for Turnarounds

Tightline Drainage Image courtesy of oklahomalandscaping Cost Tightline for Turnarounds A tightline drainage system ensures no water leakage from drain pipes between your house and the storm drain or ditch on your street. Water leakage causes your yard to get soggy and not be a pleasant place especially after severe rainfalls. Likewise, a cost tightline … Continue reading Cost Tightline for Turnarounds

Past Plans – Source for Turnaround Lessons Learned

Learn lessons from your past plans. image: thoughtco.com The Turnaround Premise - what's the value of Past Plans? Turnarounds are intermittent projects for process plants. For this reason,  you need to staff up for them, starting months before the Execution stage.  To fill the required Turnaround Roles, you use a mix of in-house staff, seconded from … Continue reading Past Plans – Source for Turnaround Lessons Learned

Evaluate and Fix Your Technology Gap

Five Stages to Manage your Turnaround, Project or Program Five Stages It sounds pretty easy: Follow the 5 stages. Do the right things in each stage. And it all comes together: your project, turnaround or maintenance program is on target with respect to your 5 key areas of concern: Safety, Quality, Environment, Schedule and Cost. … Continue reading Evaluate and Fix Your Technology Gap

Progress Reporting

Stage Flow Diagram It's time to improve your progress reporting game. And it's not hard to do.  You rightly spend a lot of time preparing to do the work in the 3 preparation stages ahead of the execution stage.  Your current work flow, as shown in the diagram, includes: 1. Strategic Stage - review whether … Continue reading Progress Reporting

Why settle for what you want, when you can get what you need?

Consider how often we clearly know what we want, and then discover that what we need is a different thing altogether. We'll skip over the obvious examples in our everyday lives, like car, home, appliance and tool purchases, where cost and feature availability help to determine our eventual choices. In the work place, we have … Continue reading Why settle for what you want, when you can get what you need?

Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 3 – B2B Synergy

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" expresses the basic meaning of synergy. Owners and Contractors, and their Vendors each operate with their procedures. And they need each other. Would linking some of their processes, electronically, provide avenues to save each from wasted, redundant effort? This is not a new idea. What … Continue reading Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 3 – B2B Synergy

Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 2 – Contractors

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on business process management. Part 1 dealt with business processes that drive an Owner company's plant, mill or site. Part 2 deals with the business processes that drive a typical EPCM contractor company. Part 3 addresses ways that this knowledge can help them use the dynamic … Continue reading Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 2 – Contractors

Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 1 – Owner Sites

This is part 1 of a 3 part series on business process management. Part 1 deals with business processes that drive an Owner company's plant, mill or site. Part 2 deals with the business processes that drive a typical EPCM contractor company. Part 3 addresses ways that this knowledge can help them use the dynamic … Continue reading Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 1 – Owner Sites

Leveraging Compliance to Succeed

Picture: courtesy of vijilan.com The Challenge Complying with company, project and regulatory standards and procedures is often viewed as an onerous set of constraints that are superimposed on the project team's mission. We'll show that, by using, i.e. leveraging and integrating, these standards and procedures from the outset, project teams are assured that they are … Continue reading Leveraging Compliance to Succeed

Challenges in Managing Routine Maintenance Work

Picture: courtesy of Anand Subramaniam Our Challenges To manage routine maintenance work, my plant has an ERP - enterprise resource planning - system, that has all of our plant's maintainable equipment defined.  We have had this system for many years.  Our corporate technology team implemented this system and we were determined to use it as … Continue reading Challenges in Managing Routine Maintenance Work