Turnaround Managers

Posted By   Posted on  August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

How does one become a Turnaround Manager? Perhaps a better question might be, “Why would anyone want to?”. But that’s a question only you can answer. Becoming a Turnaround Manager requires experience; specialized knowledge that can only be gained by time in the field. There is no school or academy—at least none that I am aware of—where you

Primavera for STO

Posted By   Posted on  August 23, 2013 1 comment

Primavera for STO is a training program designed to maximize the power of this world-class scheduling software to assist STO Project Controls Teams with driving a shutdown, turnaround or outage, rather than simply monitoring its progress; or lack of, as is often the case. It’s not enough to simply know how to use Primavera, the STO Project Controls

Categories: Methodology, Technology

Inspection and Test Plans…

Posted By   Posted on  August 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Inspection and Test Plans (ITP’s) include the QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) activities that will be used to monitor and control the quality during the execution of the STO event scope of work. The ITP’s are included in the Planned Job Packages (PJP’s) to ensure all activities conducted during the STO event are completed in compliance with codes, specifications

STO Conferences

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Which STO Conferences are right for you?   In 2001 there were 3 main STO Conferences world-wide. In 2012/2013 that number rose to more than 60. You may think this demonstrates the importance of improving how companies manage and control Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages, but think again. Conference producers continually seek opportunities to generate business; which, after all,

Standard Job Plans

Posted By   Posted on  July 29, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s a known fact that much of the work scheduled for a given Shutdown, Turnaround or Outage is duplicated from project to project. Why is it then that much of what we schedule requires Planners to create new Planned Job Packages (PJP) for each approved Worklist Item? Would it not make sense that we establish a formal, standard

Level Resources

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This Methodology applies to all STO projects, regardless of which Technology you are using, e.g., MS Project, SAP/PS, Primavera™, IMMPOWER; or simply scheduling on Excel or manual boards. For the purpose of this post, however, I am using Primavera™ P6 in reference to our STO300 Course—Primavera™ for STO. Contrary to what Primavera™ and most Planners/Schedulers may say we do not

Human Reliability

Posted By   Posted on  May 19, 2013 Leave a comment

What makes us Human also makes us vulnerable—the choices we make and the level of attention we pay to what we do determines the outcome of our actions—resulting in low-risk/high-value, high-risk/low-value, or anything in between. At a personal level this is life; it’s how we learn and grow At a business level, however, it’s risky;  since the outcome of our actions must be

STO Philosophy

Posted By   Posted on  May 13, 2013 Comments off

The way we think about Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages (STO) plays an important role in how they impact business in the manufacturing industry. The traditional thinking is that we have to schedule STO’s to ensure Asset & Process Integrity so we might as well do as much work as possible; but, at the same time, we need to