Cost control can seem at times as an oxymoron—a contradiction of sorts. How can you control costs when there is legitimate work to be performed within a condensed time frame in an uncertain, dynamic and risky environment? Despite the challenges, there are two major opportunities to control costs on a STO event 1) control scope of work and 2) manage indirect costs. The first is limited due to the nature of asset and process integrity compliance, i.e., […]
If you’re using Primavera P6 software for scheduling STO (Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage) activities you are not alone. Thousands of Planner/Schedulers rely on P6 to enhance execution performance. And I suspect that you’re not alone in how you use it, which is most likely how you were taught to use it; to schedule EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) projects, i.e., SSM (Static Scheduling Methodology) to Level III or Level IV Project Plans, with or without costs. The Project […]
Those of you who have experienced delays in commissioning and startup—following the successful execution of a STO (Shutdown, Turnaround, Outage) event—understand why Owners’ insistence on flawless startups is taking center stage; because not only are flaws during startups expensive due to rework and lost production, their impact on social responsibility and shareholder confidence can be quite significant. Flaw (verb) mar, weaken, or invalidate (something); “the flange alignment was flawed by poor planning“ My area of expertise is DSM (Dynamic Scheduling […]
Earned-value Performance establishes the direction and speed of your STO event, displayed on dashboard indicators. Employing DSM (Dynamic Scheduling Methodology) to drive your STO event (the steering wheel versus the rear-view mirror) you can learn to navigate your STO event with effective strategies and efficient plans, using Earned-value Performance to measure CPI (Cost Performance Index), SPI (Scheduling Performance Index), and S-curve Planned/Actual/Earned performance. Planned-value = Estimate Earned-value = % Complete versus Planned Actual-value = $ to Complete versus […]
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