Category: STO Best-practices

Indirect Cost Savings

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., […]

Flawless Startups

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

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 […]

Planned Job Packages

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A Planned Job Package (PJP) is a physical file-folder containing estimates and instructions—typically in the form of pdf, docx, photos and checklists— necessary for workers to safely, reliably and efficiently execute a Work Order task during a STO (Shutdown, Turnaround, Outage) event in the manufacturing industry. PJP Contents Does your PJP contents support the three main Key Performance Indicator Targets on your STO (Safety, Quality, and Wrench-time)? Is there a consistent method of tracking the creation and development of each PJP? […]

STO Bono

Hi, everyone. I have 3 days of STO Bono work (a.k.a. Pro Bono) available for the 2015 Shutdown, Turnaround, Outage season. Please complete the form below if you’re interested. STO Bono Work In-house Primavera™ P6 Training Stakeholder Strategic Planning STO Kick-off Keynote Speaking STO Readiness Assessments In-house STO Best-practices Training Coaching Primavera™ P6 Dynamic Scheduling Methodology (DSM) Project Controls EvPM (Earned-value Performance Management) Primavera™ P6 Project Plan Optimization STO Steering Committee Mentorship Kind regards, Ej (Ted) […]

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