Primavera P6 for STO

Primavera P6 for STO (Shutdowns, Turnaround, Outages) is not yet available from its developer, Oracle.

Why? Perhaps they believe that if P6 it is good enough for EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) projects, it is good enough for STO projects. If indeed this is true, you will never DRIVE your STO Project Plan, rather, you will continue to MONITOR your STO Project Plan using a Level III static Gantt chart and dreaded 3-Day Look-ahead, compromising safety and efficiency (wrench-time).

To make matters worse, you’ll never achieve the shortest time-frame, lowest cost, or fewest resources that Owners and Shareholders demand. But not to worry; there is a solution. Let’s first take a look at what is currently misunderstood.

Incorrect Assumptions

There are two incorrect assumptions when it comes to scheduling a STO project with Primavera P6 1) if you know how to use Primavera P6 you can schedule a STO project and 2) if you use the same methodology taught in Primavera P6 training (e.g. 102/106 using EPC project data) you can schedule a STO project.

Primavera for STO (what you need to know)

There are a few subtle things to know about Primavera for STO—things related to its capabilities, settings, and functionality—along with a number of methodology procedures you need to practice. Here are some of the things to know and things to understand in order to DRIVE your STO Project Plan:

  • P6 does not allow you to phase your project, e.g., Pre, Shutdown, Open, Inspect, Close, Startup, Post (you must work-around this issue using Phase Calendars).
  • WBS must mirror your ERP/CMMS (WBS is not to be used to phase your project. The Equipment ID and Work Order No. are the two Key Fields required to DRIVE your STO Project Plan. Communication between your ERP/CMMS must be done through a mirrored WBS).
  • Use Level V scheduling and DSM (Dynamic Scheduling Methodology).
  • Do not use Critical Path (use Longest Job(s) and Critical Jobs).
  • Let P6 do the scheduling (after you’ve planned and estimated use the Resource Leveling function and PF to optimize your STO Project Plan).
  • Do not use Relationships (use logic between Activities on your PJP Work Order Task, but avoid using Relationships between PJP’s)
  • Do not use a Baseline (use Earned-value Performance S-curves).
  • Do not use Look-aheads, and do not call a Gantt chart a Schedule (schedule is a verb).

For more information on Primavera for STO you can watch our videos, download materials, and/or send me an invitation to instruct and coach your STO Planning/Scheduling & Project Controls Team. I guarantee you’ll never schedule a STO project the same way again—you will achieve measurable results in Safety, Quality, Efficiency, Time-frame and Budget) with increased communication, collaboration and cooperation, and less stress on your entire organization.

Increase your Employment Opportunities & Salary

When you learn Primavera for STO your value goes up, along with demand for your employ. There are very few Planners/Schedulers and Project Controls personnel who understand and utilize this methodology.

There are thousands of P6 Jockeys looking for work. Do not be mediocre, be amazing!

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FYI, I will be presenting Primavera for STO (DSM and EvPM) at our STO Team Building Week as two mini-workshops. Bring your laptop and let’s get it done.



Primavera for STO Training

For information on Primavera for STO training (public or in-house courses) please contact Emily Chan at our parent company in Vancouver, Canada – CPM Solutions Ltd.


Phone: +1-604-294-1577






For Primavera for STO in Malaysia, or SEA, please contact IPEC Project Systems.

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“By the way, I have used your STO strategy (not all but most of it). I did the dynamic scheduling. We didn’t give the scheduling part to contractor though, I did the scheduling, planning and integration with the projects myself. This way we have the power to say that they need extra manpower or they have too much manpower. We prioritize job and follow-it. In-house supervisors really respect the plan and priorities. STO really helps the TA and I really enjoy the training as well. Next month we will be gearing up for next year’s Turnaround.”

Amanda Yaranon (student of Primavera for STO – Brunei)