McLaren Software has sponsored a study by T.A. Cook into best practices for plant turnarounds/shutdowns. It found that accurate, validated documentation improves predictability during the planning stage and reduces the risk of unexpected corrective work resulting in longer shutdowns.
The study addresses scheduling issues in turnaround projects and shows decision-makers the potential optimized scheduling can have on the success of a turnaround project. Part 1 of the study is available for free download from www.mclarensoftware.com. Part 2, "Technical Services for Turnarounds in Petrochemical Plants," is available from www.tacook.co.uk.