InterPlan Systems News

eTaskMaker Module Updates for April

InterPlan Systems has released the following new and updated eTaskMaker estimating modules (the revisions consist mainly in the addition of tasks that allow the tracking and documentation of equipment release from Operations. Also, QA/QC tasks have been added as an important step in releasing the equipment back for start-up.):

  • Agitators (Rev. 10)(updated)
  • BFW Preheater (Rev. 3)(updated)
  • Blowers (Rev. 8)(updated)
  • Compressor Motor (Rev. 5)(updated)
  • Contactor Reactor (Rev. 1)(updated)
  • Cooling Tower (Rev. 5)(updated)
  • Crude Furnace (Rev. 8)(updated)
  • Desalter Feed Water Drum (Rev. 10)(updated)
  • Drums (Rev. 22)(updated)
  • FCC Reactor (Rev. 7)(updated)
  • FCC Regenerator (Rev. 4)(updated)
  • Four Stage Piston Compressor (Rev. 2)(updated)
  • Furnace Decoking (Rev. 4)(updated)
  • Heat Exchanger Double Pipe (Rev. 11)(updated)
  • Heat Exchanger Fixed Tubesheet (Rev. 18)(updated)
  • Heat Exchanger Floating Head (Rev. 18)(updated)
  • Heat Exchanger Reboiler – Vaporizer (Rev. 9)(updated)
  • Heat Exchanger U-Tubes (Rev. 32)(updated)
  • Heat Exchanger Vertical (Rev. 16)(updated)
  • High Temperature Shift Converter (Rev. 6)(updated)
  • Horizontal Multi-Stage Compressor (Rev. 1)(new) Open, clean and inspect
  • NH3 Process Compressor (Rev. 7)(updated)
  • Reactor Catalyst Change (Rev. 11)(updated)
  • Reactors (Rev. 14)(updated)
  • Towers (Rev. 17)(updated)
  • Waste Heat Boiler (Rev. 6)(updated)

eTaskMaker clients may now download the update from our downloads repository.

eTaskMaker Wizard Software Update (

InterPlan Systems has released a major update for the eTaskMaker Wizard. eTaskMaker now allows you to define a set of parameters for a working calendar (days/week, shifts/day, hours/shift) and updates the Schedule Fragnet tab accordingly. You can now instantly see how many shifts/days the current estimate will require using your defined working calendar parameters. Additionally, there is a new “Scheduling Scenarios” tab that displays a chart that calculates the length of the current estimate in calendar days across 30 different working calendar options.

eTaskMaker clients may now download the update from our downloads repository. Clients with an Enterprise license should contact InterPlan Systems for customized updates.

ATC Pro Development Update

Following up on our previous announcement, we are still hard at work developing our next gen version of ATC Professional. We are still on schedule to wrap up development of the core functions by early next year. Stay tuned for an opportunity to gain early access to an alpha version release.

Waste not, want not (2016)

As we approach the end of the year, InterPlan Systems would like to remind managers with funds remaining in their 2016 budgets that we offer a range of useful tools for their organizations. This is a great time to pick up a few eTaskMaker licenses or STO Handbooks.

eTaskMaker Wizard Software Update (

InterPlan Systems has released an update for the eTaskMaker Wizard containing a new Work Scope report, reflecting the estimate just created. This report can be printed four different ways:

  • Listing all detailed tasks, with durations and resources
  • Listing just the activity tasks, with no durations and no resources
  • Listing all detailed tasks and durations only
  • Listing all detailed tasks and resources only

This report can be used to issue to contractors for the purposes of obtaining bids based on a uniform work scope, or to issue for review and comments. Contractors can also use this report to include with their bids, as a confirmation of the work scope.

eTaskMaker clients may now download the update from our downloads repository. Clients with an Enterprise license should contact InterPlan Systems for customized updates.

eTaskMaker Module Update for November

InterPlan Systems has released the following new eTaskMaker estimating module:

  • Globally Sequence All Work(new) provides convenient scheduling “anchor points” for all of your work in a turnaround. It allows planners to quickly specify start dates for groups of work by type/category as required.

eTaskMaker clients may now download the update from our downloads repository.

Free eTaskMaker Webinar Thursday, September 29

InterPlan Systems announces a live webinar on Thursday, September 29 at 2:00PM Central Daylight Time.

The topic is the eTaskMaker Wizard use at three (3) levels: Basic, Advanced and Superior. Learn how to go beyond the Basic level to achieve faster, reliable work scope definition, time and resource estimates for dependable turnaround budgets and schedules. Advanced and Superior Wizard usage levels create reliable company history repositories for all ancillary equipment (assets), that dramatically improve turnaround management efforts.

Please register in order to receive the invitation and instructions to join: By email or by phone 281-482-7126

Information on Demand

InterPlan Systems now offers a wide range of white papers on the most important issues concerning turnaround management. These white papers
are available just for the asking. Send us your request and you will receive them in .pdf format.

Available titles are:

Best Turnaround Planning and Scheduling Practices
Brains into Mushrooms
Comparison Chart STO Planning & Scheduling
Do NOT Use Templates
Errare Humanum Est
Estimate Results
Faster Better Cheaper
How Resource Leveling Sabotages Your Turnaround
How to Overcome Typical STO Management Problems
Lumberyard Estimating
Pie Chart eTM & ATC
PM Network Article (magazine reprint)
Productivity Pie Chart
Turnarounds and the Pursuit of Happiness
STO Cost Control
STOs are Special
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Screwing Up Turnarounds.
Turnaround No-Nos (Advice for Executives)
When the Blind are Leading the Blind

We welcome your comments after perusing our white papers!

Another Success Story

Alon USA recently completed a turnaround on time and on budget, using for the first time both eTaskMaker and ATC Professional. They had used the systems previously as a trial run on a smaller turnaround, but this time they proved their effectiveness under challenging time constraints. Our congratulations go to them for being successful!

GCIExpo Trade Show

InterPlan Systems will be exhibiting and demonstrating eTaskMaker and ATC Professional on June 15th at the Ford Exhibit Hall in Beaumont, Texas. This is the first trade show in Texas by GCIExpo, and InterPlan Systems is proud to support another venue for everyone involved in process plant turnarounds to meet and grow the industry.

We hope you will come and visit with us. Attendance is free. More details available here:

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