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Plant Maintenance Planning & Project Management

26th October 2015


Understanding the Maintenance process

The effective maintenance management within chemical plants is a critical feature of plant operation, both in establishing the conditions for safe ongoing operation of the plant after commissioning, and in supporting the commercial success of the business.  Many companies focus on the cost of the maintenance organisation, rather than on the benefits that they can provide, and in so doing the real potential for maintenance organisations to make significant contributions to business success are often lost. Ultimately, the contribution of a maintenance organisation can most effectively be measured in terms of its ability to generate sustained improvements with time in the total (fixed and variable) cost per unit volume of production.

There are a number of drivers which tend to increase the cost of production; certain types of equipment become unreliable with time, obsolescence is often an issue, environmental and safety standards are continuing to tighten, and so on.  There are many tools and techniques that are available to help.  Techniques such as Risk Based Inspection, Reliability Centred Maintenance, and Total Productive Maintenance can all add value if they are used appropriately, but it is important to remember that the long term aim of plant maintenance is to deliver sustained and continuous reduction in the cost per unit of production, a point often lost in the mounds of paperwork that can be generated by some of the tools that are provided to help the maintenance engineer in his decision making!

Understanding the Project Process

Over the last ten years, the top quartile of major process industry companies have improved their project cost performance by 18% and their project cycle times by 36%.  The leading companies have achieved this by applying good project practices consistently across their organisations.

A key foundation stone to this process is a high level Project Process that has active support and ownership from senior management, business managers, project managers and project execution staff. This high level process incorporates and requires the application of good project practices, with key deliverables and activities which would be expected at various stages and ensures that the project proceeds at an appropriate speed, pre sanction expenditure is properly targeted and minimised and that the project only arrive at sanction with the right level of definition and supported by a valid business case.

Format for Effective Learning

Using a combination of lectures, visual aids, class discussions and case studies the course presents a logical and practical “hands on” approach to the planning ,execution of plant maintenance and project.  Case studies that require active participation demonstrate the lessons learned from past experience.

​Benefits of Attending

  • Understand the role of planning & scheduling in Maintenance and Projects
  • Learn comprehensively the six principles of maintenance planning and scheduling
  • Optimise your knowledge of maintenance methodologies
  • Examine how you can monitor engineering maintenance performance
  • Review key activities and deliverables in the project process
  • Monitor and benchmark project performance
  • Ensure accurate, reliable and real time data for preparation and execution auditing

Who should attend

This course takes delegates through the planning and management phase of both  maintenance and project management, based on best practice. The course is especially useful for Engineering and Project managers, engineers, planners, schedulers, supervisors, cost engineers, Safety/Quality engineers and Operations personnel.


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