Tag: Turnarounds

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., […]

P6 Workarounds for STO

If you’re using Primavera P6 software for scheduling STO (Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage) activities you are not alone. Thousands of Planner/Schedulers rely on P6 to enhance execution performance. And I suspect that you’re not alone in how you use it, which is most likely how you were taught to use it; to schedule EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) projects, i.e., SSM (Static Scheduling Methodology) to Level III or Level IV Project Plans, with or without costs. The Project […]

Primavera for STO

Primavera for STO (Shutdowns, Turnarounds, Outages) highlights the practices needed to DRIVE your STO project. Primavera™ P6 was not designed for STO projects, but that won’t stop you from learning how to use it to drive your STO project. This is what you will learn: traditional scheduling vs. scheduling for STO projects (Level I to Level V) how to create a true WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) how to phase your STO project, e.g., Pre, Shutdown, […]

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 […]

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