Tag: STO

STO Team Building

If you’ve never participated in a STO Team Building session you may be surprised to know that it’s not all about motivation or rah-rah. STO Team Building is aimed at defining goals, roles and procedures as a method of enhancing the outcome of a shutdown, turnaround or outage. At its root, STO Team Building is a brain-storming session centered around strategies for achieving defined KPI (Key Performance Indicator) targets—Safety, Quality, Wrench-time, Timeline, and Budget—which may not sound as exciting […]


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 […]

Strategic Planning for STO

Note: This educational post is sponsored by the Energy Conference Network and STO Navigator Inc. Together we are planning a unique event in New Orleans on September 21st; a week of workshops, conference presentations, team building and networking, which will focus on strategic planning for STO—sharing lessons-learned case studies, best practice presentations and workshops delivered by those who’ve recently executed STO projects—supported by STO SME’s (Subject Matter Experts)—to reduce risk and increase performance. Expression of Interest We are currently […]

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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