Measuring Construction Rework & Delays In Sustaining Capital Projects

Evaluating Rework and Delays can help improve the Schedule Predictability of Construction Projects while reducing Costs The construction industry’s challenge in meeting cost and schedule budgets is greatly affected by rework.  A regional initiative in the early 2000s was tasked with developing a simple tool to capture and analyze field rework at major industrial construction […]

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Optimize The Performance, Output And Reliability Of Your Steam Methane Reformer

The steam methane reformer (SMR) is the most complex operation and equipment design in an ammonia, hydrogen, or methanol plant. It is also the most expensive single item of capital expenditure and the dominant energy and variable cost consumer in the plant. Most reformer operations have a ‘set & forget’ culture when it comes to […]

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Cooling System Health Checks

Just as people schedule an annual wellness visit to the doctor, it makes good sense to do the same for your cooling system and its components.  This is particularly important because of the deleterious effects of Covid on cooling systems.  Over the last year, manufacturing facilities have suffered because of reduced on-site service, inability to […]

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Critical Mass Duration for Process Outages

Avoid This Surprise When Determining How Long Your Next Process Outage Will Take Continuous processing or manufacturing facilities will occasionally require planned outages to primarily address reliability or maintenance issues.  Due to the high cost of these outages (opportunity and real), careful planning and scheduling practices are used to come up with detailed execution plans […]

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Why Doesn’t a Great Maintenance Process Equal Great Results? (Part 2)

In Part 1 we observed that some of the best results come from organizations with poor maintenance work processes and some organizations with a great work process have poor results.  It was also noted that the maintenance work process itself only accounts for 10% to 20% of the total maintenance value.  In Part 2 we […]

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Turnaround Scope Optimization

In the April 2021 edition of “The Chemical Engineer” magazine, I highlight the importance of using clear and prescriptive scope selection criteria for your maintenance turnaround, in order to facilitate scope optimization during the scope challenge. Below is a brief overview of the article. It is generally accepted in the maintenance turnaround community that the […]

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Recommended Practices for Cost Estimating Maintenance Turnarounds

The Recommended Practices issued by AACE International are widely recognized and have been adopted in estimating and control departments across the process industries. Until recently, the focus of these practices was mainly on capital projects. However, they are now also beginning to cover Maintenance Turnarounds. As an initial step in covering this important aspect of […]

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Why Doesn’t a Great Maintenance Process Equal Great Results?

Becht made an interesting observation on maintenance processes after consulting in several facilities — Some of the best results come from organizations with poor maintenance work processes and some organizations with a great work process have poor results. Why is this? The reason is that maintenance results or maintenance value is dependent on more than […]

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Fired Equipment Turnaround Reviews

With contributing author: Fired equipment is a critical part of most refinery process units. Operating at high temperatures and potentially high pressures make these equipment items particularly risky. Add in the presence of open flames and failures can be dramatic. In today’s refining climate, fired equipment is required to run 5 to 10 years between […]

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Turnaround Safety – A Key to Success

With contributing author: Clayton Smith Over the years, one thing that continuously strikes fear in the hearts of safety professionals and management alike is the safety challenge that comes with executing a turnaround. A turnaround of any scale will introduce a totally different dynamic into the workplace. Assuming the status-quo in safety will suffice during […]

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