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Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages



Planning and managing shutdowns, turnarounds, and outages in the process plant environment is a complex and demanding function. If turnarounds are not properly planned, managed, and controlled, companies run the risks of serious budget overruns, costly schedule delays, and negative impacts on customers.

This course has been developed to specifically respond to the need to help owners and contractors meet their turnaround goals. In the development of this training course, a combination of extensive hands-on experience in turnaround planning and execution, input from turnaround teams, and emerging industry trends were blended to establish best practice turnaround management approaches. The course is designed to establish a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of effective turnaround management. It emphasizes that company staff from different departments, contractors, and vendors must combine their knowledge, resources, and energies, and work as a unified team to successfully achieve company goals and turnaround objectives.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Enhance the company’s turnaround management capabilities, and to ensure a team approach in the planning and execution of plant shutdowns and turnarounds.
  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of effective turnaround management techniques and implementation
  • Create awareness of strategic planning methods and an integrated organizational approach in the execution of successful turnarounds.
  • Incorporate the latest developments in turnaround planning and management techniques and emerging industry trends
  • Make the turnaround planning and execution process efficient, professionally rewarding, and with the minimum stress and conflict

Targeted Audience:

  • Turnaround Managers
  • Planners
  • Schedulers
  • Reliability Engineers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Maintenance Supervisors
  • Project Managers
  • Project Engineers
  • Operations Managers
  • Operations Supervisors
  • Contractors who want to contribute to the shutdown performance of clients

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: Introduction to Shutdowns and Turnarounds:

  • Overview and Introduction
  • Shutdown Planning Strategy
  • Shutdown/TA problems and issues.
  • Management planning

Unit 2: Shutdown/Turnaround Preparation:

  • Plant shutdown and preparation for maintenance
  • Work Scope Development and Work Breakdown Structures
  • Organization and Roles

Unit 3: Shutdowns/Turnaround Planning Techniques:

  • Developing Shutdown and Turnaround Plans
  • The Critical Path Planning Method
  • “Short Cut” Planning Methods
  • Scheduling multiple projects

Unit 4: Costs, Control, and Contractors:

  • Developing shutdown budgets
  • Progress cost control and productivity tracking
  • Materials planning and control
  • Contractor Management

Unit 5: Safety, Quality, and Risk Management:

  • Safety, Quality and Environmental Management
  • Risk Management
  • Integrating risk management into the shutdown plan
  • Conclusion

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