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Project Failures Are Increasingly in the Spotlight

Originally published on LinkedIn by AP-Networks Managing Director Brett Schroeder.  This week, The Financial Times featured the following story: “Dismal Project delivery puts big oil and gas energy projects at risk.” For those of us who work in the industry and track project performance, this comes as no surprise. In fact, the industry’s track record in

2016-12-06T16:27:25-04:00July 29th, 2016|Blogs, News & Insights|

Seeking the Highest Value in Small Capital Projects

Dr. Shawn Hansen discusses ways to measure and improve small plant-based capital project performance in the downstream energy sector According to market research firm Industrial Info Resources (IIR), capital project spending in the U.S. refining industry will remain high for the foreseeable future, with $9.2 billion worth of capital projects scheduled for 2016, and $9.3

2016-10-21T14:14:32-04:00July 18th, 2016|Blogs, News & Insights|

How do you develop a comprehensive quality plan?

If you hit your cost and schedule targets for your turnaround, but you have to shut down again after startup to fix a problem, then ultimately, your execution was not successful. Amid ever more stringent cost and schedule constraints, and in an age of increasing turnaround complexity and decreasing site headcount and expertise, how do

2016-12-06T16:27:26-04:00March 8th, 2016|Blogs, News & Insights|

How do you quantitatively measure scope?

As an industry, we have empirical measures for readiness, risk profile, and organizational capability, among other key aspects of turnaround and shutdown planning and execution. However, there is a gaping hole in our collective toolset: How do we effectively benchmark and evaluate turnaround scope? What is the relationship between turnaround scope and turnaround practices &

2016-12-06T16:27:26-04:00March 1st, 2016|Blogs, News & Insights|

How do you effectively structure turnaround planning and controls?

Here at AP-Networks, we possess Industry’s largest database of turnaround and shutdown observations, and from looking at the data, one thing is certain: turnarounds are becoming more complex. But this increase in complexity is coming at a time when many companies are seeking to run leaner. At the same time that sites are assembling increasingly

2016-12-06T16:27:26-04:00February 23rd, 2016|Blogs, News & Insights|