Turnaround Project Planning Primer

Interpreting the Turnaround Progress Reports

Progress reports prepared during the turnaround should be examined for completeness and accuracy.

The work order estimates posted should be examined to see if any necessary adjustments have been made to reflect any changes in the scope (or if appropriate extra work orders have been included to this effect).

The first item to be checked is to verify that all critical work is being reported as being in progress. If not, the first step is to investigate if the apparent lack of progress is due to faulty reporting.

Secondly, all work with a high manhour estimate should be verified to see that it is performed according to schedule; otherwise it might become critical at a very difficult time, possibly endangering the completion date.

Thirdly, all work orders whose status is unchanged should be examined, to determine if there are any interruptions in scheduled work. Also, work orders shown which have not started should be examined, for some obvious late starting work that might require expediting.

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The Turnaround Project Management Primer is an abridged version of the STO Management Handbook.

For further reading, we also recommend Joel Levitt’s Managing Maintenance Shutdowns and Outages.