Long-range Planning is used in the manufacturing industry to ensure high Process Availability—capable of meeting market demand—while ensuring Asset and Process Integrity at the lowest risk/cost and coordinating facilities to ensure Resource Availability.
No company can sustain its business, or its marketshare in the absence of Long-range Planning.
The best Long-range Planning is done with a system that communicates with a corporation’s Enterprise Management System (EMS) and its Scheduling Program, using Risk Mitigation and Budget Management Methodologies. Aurigo Software has developed the perfect cloud-based application for just this purpose. It’s called, STOrm® (Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage Risk Mitigation), where STO projects are established within the EPS (Enterprise Project Structure) and the WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) at the Equipment and Cost Centre Levels across the corporation, forecasted over several years.
Long-range Planning means identifying Scheduled Shutdowns for Process Integrity (cleaning, catalyst replacement, filters and analyzer calibration.), Scheduled Turnarounds for Asset Integrity (inspection, PSV overhaul and piping integrity) and Scheduled Outages (off-stream routine maintenance—overhauls, corrective, replace, etc.) over a projected time frame of 1-5-10-20 years, in conjunction with market projections and facility coordination and resource availability.
I have been involved in the development of STOrm® since its conception, ensuring its Methodology supports Long-range Planning, as well as Risk Mitigation for each STO project to assist STO Project Managers with the navigational tools and best-practices necessary to prepare for the successful execution of all STO projects.
I’ve found, during 30 years as a STO Project Professional, that companies lack a robust Methodology Management System capable of communicating between the Owner’s EMS/EPS and their Scheduling Program. Many of them attempt to use spreadsheets—something I did for years before Technology improved—to assist them with Long-range Planning and Strategic/Work Package Planning, but these methods proved to be unsuccessful, given their lack of integration and control.