Tag: Dynamic Scheduling Methodology


STO GPS (Guaranteed Project Success) ensures you arrive at your desired destination in the shortest time. How you DRIVE, however, will determine your safety, reliability and cost results. Navigating has never been easier, safer, more reliable and efficient since the introduction of GPS (Global Positioning Satellites), Google Maps, iPhones and STO Navigator Inc.—for guaranteed project success. Because driving through Vancouver, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, or any large city without the aid of a GPS—providing traffic updates, shortest […]

STO Scheduling Secrets

If you are responsible for scheduling shutdowns, turnarounds or outagesi, regardless of which scheduling software you employ, you’re going to need some STO scheduling secrets. Why? Unlike an EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) projects, which generally produce Level III (static, often un-resourced) Project Plans, STO’s require Level IV and Level V (dynamic, resourced) Project Plans. Why? STO projects are complex, risky, time-driven events that require more strategic planning, detailed planning, technology, scheduling expertise and core […]

Productivity Factors

PF (Productivity Factors) The measure of performance (the result of effort expended) related to direct tool-time on a STO event is determined by a formula of earned (%) against planned (e) and actual ($). By using PF (Productivity Factors) during DSM (Dynamic Scheduling Methodology) you can simulate performance—using ‘what-if’ scenarios in programs such as MS Project© or Primavera™ P6—to determine the impact on cost and duration. PF Facts We do not measure productivity. We measure […]

Dynamic Scheduling Methodology

Dynamic Scheduling Methodology (DSM) guarantees you the lowest risk, lowest cost, shortest duration and least amount of direct and indirect resources on a STO (Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage) event, without question.

Unfortunately, only a handful of Planners and Schedulers understand and employ DSM on their STO events, opting instead to use static, relationship and constraint methods typically employed on EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) projects as a Level III Project Plan.

STO Risk Mitigation

When Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage Stakeholders discuss risk, during the Strategic Planning Phase of their STO project, their primary focus is on Safety; ensuring workers are protected from potential incidents or accidents. While this is an important initiative, it’s not sufficient to achieve overall STO project success. Only when risk mitigation is implemented, and practised for each decision, can STO Stakeholders be confident that their STO project will be successful. STO Risk Mitigation must begin […]

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