Getting Your Maintenance Turnaround Preparations off to a Good Start

In the October 2021 edition of “The Chemical Engineer” magazine, Gordon discusses the value of setting up key foundation documents at the kick-off stage of the preparation and planning phase for a maintenance turnaround. To read the full article CLICK HERE.  This article is the fifth in a planned series of six from Gordon, being published in […]

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Keeping Your Scaffolding Under Control During a Turnaround

Contributing Authors:  Charles Maier and Gordon Lawrence During any maintenance work or turnarounds, there will be a need to reach inaccessible areas of the process plant, either for inspection or maintenance repair work. This can include pipework that is at height, the interior of large vessels, inaccessible areas on high columns, or a host of […]

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Improving Cost Estimating for Maintenance Turnarounds

In the September 2021 edition of “The Chemical Engineer” magazine, Gordon discusses the current poor state of turnaround cost estimating and highlights five, simple to implement actions that can help improve the accuracy of future turnaround estimates. To read the full article click here.  This article is the fourth in a planned series of six from Gordon, being published […]

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Recommended Practices for Cost Estimating Maintenance Turnarounds

~ Writing a Basis of Estimate ~ 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. A first RP on Maintenance […]

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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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