Quality Practices for Process Outages

This paper is an excerpt from the author’s contribution to a panel discussion at the Marcus Evans 9th Annual Chem/Petrochem & Refinery Shutdowns and Turnarounds Conference, August 2017 For continuous manufacturing or process facilities, unplanned production disruptions are extremely costly.  One way to avoid these is to make sure that all work done during planned […]

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Integrating Capital Projects Into a Turnaround Event

In the July 2021 online edition of “The Chemical Engineer” magazine, Gordon discusses how project teams are often blamed by turnaround managers for problems with meeting turnaround event schedules. He examines the key areas that need to be addressed when integrating a project into a turnaround event and highlights the point that these areas need to be discussed and resolved during the project […]

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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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Planning a Turnaround That Fits – Using RBWS

A risk based work selection process (RBWS) screens worklist items to ensure they are justified for risk reduction or financial benefit as part of a turnaround. In today’s process industries, sustained long-term reliability of facilities is a key to profitability and competitiveness. The cost of unreliability, which includes health, safety and environmental (HSE) incidents, is […]

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