Storytellers wanted!

Posted By   Posted on  June 4, 2014 Leave a comment

  Interested in Presenting?   Tell your shutdown, turnaround & outage story at the Downstream Summit.  Would like to take part in the Downstream Summit by leading a Round Table discussion or sharing your best practices?     If you would like to take part in the Downstream Summit we invite you to submit your paper on the following

Upcoming Downstream STO Summit 2014

Posted By   Posted on  June 4, 2014 Leave a comment

  Downstream STO Summit    The Downstream STO Summit 2014 is a gathering of professionals in the downstream sector of the Oil and Gas industry (dedicated to refining and processing crude oil and natural gas). The primary focus of the Summit is the opportunity for professionals in different ecosystems within an agency—such as planners, executives, and engineers—to learn

Categories: Events, Navigator


Posted By   Posted on  February 17, 2014 Leave a comment
LEMS Feature

Labour, Equipment, Materials and Services (LEMS) are essential elements of STO Budget Control and Cost Management. When it comes to establishing your STO budget a formal methodology must be established to reflect: LEMS + Contingency = Scope of Work.   Most STO projects that go over budget are as a result of not following a defined process for

Risk Mitigation

Posted By   Posted on  February 10, 2014 Leave a comment
10-02-2014 6-13-41 AM

When Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage Stakeholders discuss risk, during the Strategic Planning Phase of their STO project, their primary focus is on Safety; ensuring workers are protected from potential incidents or accidents. While this is an important initiative, it’s not sufficient to achieve overall STO project success. Only when risk mitigation is implemented, and practised for each decision,

Resource Net Capacity

Posted By   Posted on  January 27, 2014 Leave a comment

This post contains downloads: Resource Net Capacity calculation form (Excel®) and Section 4 – Planning & Scheduling (pdf). Work Order scheduling and Resource Management remains one of the most opportunistic areas for improvement in Routine Maintenance & Outages.  Regardless of the industry, many maintenance and production organizations consider Work Order scheduling as a  ‘Black Art’.  This attitude results from

STO Strategy Room

Posted By   Posted on  January 24, 2014 Leave a comment

The STO Strategy Room (often referred to as the War Room) is an essential, high-performance organizational concept used in establishing Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage Strategies, designed to meet the agreed upon KPI (Key Performance Indicator) Targets. But, beware the elephant in the room.   So what, or who, is the elephant in the room? I’m not going to

Data Integrity

Posted By   Posted on  January 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Data Integrity

Data integrity is critical to controlling any business. To be effective and efficient, an Organization must establish data integrity as their highest value, since its context is woven through all aspects of business, from Finance and Marketing, to Resource Management and Equipment Reliability. No other entity has the power to make a business sustainable. Amazingly, however, many Organizations fail


Posted By   Posted on  January 14, 2014 Leave a comment

STOrm™ – Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage Risk Mitigation – a cloud-based system designed to enhance STO project performance through risk mitigation methodologies. STOrm™ was developed from failure analysis results of hundreds of lessons-learned; all of which had their root cause identified as insufficient risk mitigation—failure to follow a formal best-practice methodology.   Example:   The probability that rework