Project Assurance

An Internationally Recognised Leader in providing Innovative Training and Consulting Services that ensure World-Class Capital Projects, Plant Turnarounds & Outages
Maximizing Profits through Knowledge and Productivity

Project Assurance

An Internationally Recognised Leader in providing Innovative Training and Consulting Services that ensure World-Class Capital Projects, Plant Turnarounds & Outages
Maximizing Profits through Knowledge and Productivity

Project Assurance

Turnaround Management


To achieve consistent success on plant shutdowns and turnarounds, the companies will have to break away from traditional turnaround management styles and develop new planning and execution approaches. The company staff must be trained in modern planning skills, and equipped with the latest management techniques/tools to tackle the complexities and challenges of plant turnarounds.

Project Assurance provides innovative and pragmatic solutions to overcome inherent turnaround problems and dramatically enhance our client’s in-house turnaround management capabilities.

At Project Assurance, we are committed to make a distinctive difference in turnaround management. We continuously strive to acquire, promote and share the latest in knowledge and techniques that ensure turnaround success, and make the turnaround management process efficient, professionally rewarding and stress free.

Turnaround Management Services

  • Turnaround Benchmarking Reviews

    projectassurance_00021The Turnaround Management Benchmarking Review is designed to compare a company’s existing turnaround management capabilities with those of the industry leaders, and facilitate the implementation of best management processes and practices that will ensure World-Class Performance on plant shutdowns and turnarounds.

    Principal Objectives
    The Turnaround Management Benchmarking Review provides a sophisticated and logical approach to learn about the most effective turnaround management processes practiced by industry leaders.

    Major review objectives are: 

    • Ascertain company’s current turnaround management capabilities and compare with those of the industry leaders.
    • Ensure World-Class Performance by implementing best turnaround management processes and practices.
    • Strengthen company’s turnaround management capabilities and a performance-driven work environment.
    • Achieve highest turnaround results through improved operational reliability, shortened schedules and Cost Savings of 10-20%.

  • Turnaround Seminars and Training

    projectassurance_00022Managing World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds
    Strategies and Planning Techniques for Pacesetter Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages.

    An innovative seminar with Hands-On Workshops that Strengthen Management Skills and Assure Successful and Stress Free Turnarounds.

    Know More

     

    Executive Strategies to Manage World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds
    A Consultative Executive Seminar to Create Focused Teams and Maximize Turnaround Performance.

    Know More

  • Turnaround Management Processes and Procedures

    projectassurance_00015TARMAP is a high performance and systematic approach to effectively plan and efficiently execute plant shutdowns and turnarounds. TARMAP blends the best turnaround management processes, practices and planning techniques in a logical sequence, and creates a smart work environment, in order to consistently facilitate World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds.

    projectassurance_tarmap

     


    Principal Objectives

    To Consistently Achieve World-Class Performance on All Company Shutdowns and turnarounds Irrespective of their Size, Location and Complexity.

    Why TARMAP ?

    • Addresses the fundamental root causes of inconsistent and lacklustre turnaround performance.
    • Provides a high performance solution to an inherently troublesome plant management function.
    • Offers the fastest approach to transform your company staff to smart, innovative and result-driven teams.

    TARMAP Benefits

    • Dramatically improves company’s Turnaround Management Capabilities.
    • Eliminates experimentation and lengthy learning curves on every turnaround
    • Creates a synergistic and high performance work environment
    • Transforms “hard working” to “smart working” teams
    • Cost and schedule improvements of 10-25%
    • Bottom Line financial savings of millions of dollars

    Turnaround Management Procedures
    Project Assurance Specializes in the development and implementation of Customized Turnaround Management Procedures. These procedures provide a highly effective vehicle to train staff in company’s systematic approach to plan, manage and execute plant Shutdowns and Turnarounds.

    Project Assurance’s staff ensures that the best practices, processes and modern planning techniques are incorporated in the company’s Turnaround Management Procedures.

  • Strategic Turnaround Planning

    projectassurance_00011Strategic Project Planning is the essential front-end loading step to clearly establish project basis, common goals and focused work environment to facilitate world-class Shutdowns and Turnarounds.

    Project Assurance facilitates strategic planning in alliance with your project management to achieve following key benefits:

    • Ensure that participants are focused to meet company’s business goals, project objectives and overcome critical/risk issues.
    • Create plant-wide support, synergistic effort and shared responsibility among all departments / participants.
    • Achieve 10-25% schedule and cost enforcements, and savings of millions of dollars.

  • Turnaround Preparedness Reviews

    The Turnaround Planning Preparedness Review is designed to evaluate the existing turnaround planning procedures and management approaches, and provide specific recommendations to enhance the performance of upcoming plant turnaround.

    The review offers pragmatic solutions to streamline planning function, and ensures the participants’ focused effort in maximizing turnaround performance.

    Major Objectives: 

    • Early recognition of potential problems and weak areas.
    • Timely implementation of recommended programs to achieve highest performance
    • Incorporation of best turnaround management practices and planning techniques

  • Contracting Strategy and Plan

    Project Assurance specializes in developing and implementing innovative contracting strategies and plans that are designed to select the most qualified contractors and maximize returns on company’s contracted dollars.

    The success of a capital projects and/or plant turnaround depends to a large extent on the qualifications and capabilities of selected contractors, subcontractors and vendors. In addition, the owner companies should ensure that synergistic and cooperative work environment is created for optimizing the contractor’s performance.

    Some of our performance-driven services include:

    • Facilitate development of Contracting Strategy and Contracting Plan.
    • Develop an optimized Contract Breakdown Structure.
    • Define the ideal contracting options and arrangements
    • Assist clients in the selection of the most qualified contractors, and vendors.
    • Development of contracting documents

    Contractor Selection
    Project Assurance assists clients in the implementation of Contracting, plans, and helping in the selection of the most qualified contractors, subcontractors and vendors.

    Our services include:

    • Evaluation of the current market environment
    • Identification of capable contractors willing to bid the work
    • Evaluation and preliminary screening to develop a bidder’s short list
    • Assist in bid development, evaluation and selection of the most qualified contractors
    • Final contract negotiations

    Contractor Management and Surveillance
    The real contracting challenges begin after the award of contract. Project Assurance plays a pivotal role in assisting our clients to ensure that all parties stay in compliance with the contract documents and its spirit.

    All contracted parties should ensure that synergistic work environment is created to get highest project and turnaround results.

    Some of Project Assurance’s services in this area include:

    • Provide the owner’s team with validated and unbiased progress status and forecast
    • Early identification of potential conflicts and problems
    • Periodic peer reviews to ensure all parties are in compliance with the contract
    • Implement Contract Claims Avoidance Program

  • Turnaround Performance Reviews

    Turnaround Management Advancement Program is designed as a comprehensive approach to expeditiously enhance a company’s Turnaround Management capabilities in order to consistently ensure success on plant shutdowns and turnarounds.

    Principal Objectives

    • Strengthen the company’s turnaround planning and management capabilities.
    • Enhance the effectiveness and credibility of the turnaround management and planning functions.
    • Achieve the highest turnaround performance, operational reliability, shortened scheduled and significant cost savings.

    Purpose and Benefits
    To ensure turnaround success, it is imperative that the company staff has the knowledge of emerging industry trends and expertise in the latest turnaround management methodologies. The Turnaround Management Advancement Program offers the following major benefits:

    • Consistent and cost-effective achievement of company’s business goals and turnaround objectives
    • Assignment of turnaround teams who are knowledgeable in modern planning and management techniques
    • Ensures highest operational reliability, mechanical integrity, shortened turnaround schedules and potential cost benefits of 10 to 20%

  • Turnaround Excellence Partnership

    projectassurance_00024Synergistic Turnaround Consulting Support for World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds

    Turnaround Excellence Partnership service helps in the accelerated implementation of the best turnaround management processes and practices and creates a high performance work environment. This ongoing consultative program helps to develop company-specific Turnaround Management Excellence Strategy Plan. In addition, it indentifies executive initiatives and implements proven solutions that consistently facilitate World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds.

    Key Objectives
    The Turnaround Excellence Partnership service accomplishes the following objectives:

    • Expeditious implementation of the best turnaround management processes, practices and planning techniques
    • Turnaround teams receive continuous reinforcement through state-of-the-art turnaround management information, industry trends and consulting support
    • Dramatically enhance company’s in-house turnaround management, planning and execution capabilities
    • Maximize turnaround results by achieving cost schedule improvements of 10-25%, saving the company millions of dollars

  • Turnaround Team Coaching and Staffing Support

    projectassurance_00019The success of a project is largely dependant on the experience, knowledge and leadership skill of the owners Project Management Team. In the world of downsizing and outsourcing, unfortunately many owners are challenged by declining project management resources. The project staff has to go through a long learning curve and in many cases on the job training. This approach is not only agonizing for the staff and can be a very costly for both the company and project.

    Project Assurance’s Team Coaching Program is specially designed to make your project teams productive through accelerated knowledge transfer.

    In addition, during the coaching process we expose the team to years of past experience through case studies and examples. The project teams also benefit through role model playing by using the current project as a case study.

  • Contractor Alignment and Team Building

    projectassurance_00033Breakthrough Program to Create Synergistic Work Environment Between Owner and Contractors’ Teams.
    Contractor Alignment and Team Building is a breakthrough program designed to ensure success on capital projects and turnarounds by creating a synergistic focus among the owner and contractors’ teams as it relates to performance goals, work scope, potential risks, success initiatives and organizational accountabilities.

    Contractor Alignment and Team Building program is developed based on proven best practices that have demonstrated that pacesetter results can only be achieved when all the participants and organizations work together as a team, proactively mitigate risks, seek innovative solutions and play leadership roles in all phases of project planning and execution.

    Key Objectives
    This Contractor Alignment and Team Building program is designed to achieve the following key objectives:

    • Establish a common understanding among all participants about the company’s business goals, project performance expectations, and then develop execution strategies to achieve these.
    • Jointly identify and eliminate problems and weak areas that may impede productivity, hinder progress, escalate costs and adversely impact achievement of desired results.
    • Focus owner and contractor teams’ collective efforts on high performance initiatives and solution rather than getting distracted by contractual conflicts, competing plans, contradictory progress reporting and inconclusive forecasts.
    • Create synergistic work environment and implement innovative management approaches to shorten schedules, reduce project costs by 10-25% and dramatically improve company’s bottom-line profits.

  • Productivity Improvement Program

    projectassurance_00012Improve Company Profits Through Resource Optimization and Dramatic Productivity Gains.
    Productivity Improvement Program is designed to take the mystery out of “the productivity function” and share knowledge about causes of poor productivity, the latest industry trends, factors in establishing labor estimates and performance baseline, measurement and forecasting techniques.

    This breakthrough program offers pragmatic solutions to eliminate productivity roadblocks and helps in the development of a company-specific Productivity Improvement Plan.

    This plan will provide a step-by-step implementation roadmap and prformance tracking techniques to achieve 20-50% productivity gains on most management, construction and support functions.

    Key Objectives 
    Productivity Improvement program accomplishes the following principal objectives:

    • Take the mystery out of “productivity Function” by sharing knowledge about all aspects of productivity from establishing baseline estimates to measuring actual performance, forecasting cost trends and resource requirements.
    • Identify and devise initiatives to systematically eliminate chronic and company-specific causes of poor productivity.
    • Institutionalize the best planning techniques and execution processes that ensure highest productivity on all execution functions e.g. management staff, design teams, support services, field crafts, etc.
    • Reduce staff and labor requirements and shorten schedules by 10-25% resulting in bottom-line savings of millions of dollars.

  • Executive Turnaround Oversight

    Executive Turnaround Oversight helps the client in optimizing resources, achieving highest turnaround performance and maximizing returns from capital investments.

    Program Overview
    The Executive Turnaround Oversight Program is designed to provide the turnaround sponsors and executives validated and unbiased information about a turnaround’s true status, performance trends and forecast at completion. It objectively measures management effectiveness of all participants in light of actual project status, baselines and goals.

    The program utilizes modern management and analytical techniques to forewarn adverse situations, encourage innovation, and recommend productive solutions that ensure a turnaround’s ultimate success.

    Principal Objectives 

    • Protect client interests and maximize project performance.
    • Provide client management the added confidence about a turnaround’s current status and final outcome.
    • Ensure the highest returns for the company’s investment on a turnaround.

    Major Benefits

    • Accomplish cost-effectively company’s business goals and turnaround objectives
    • Receive unbiased and objective assessment of overall turnaround performance
    • Achieve highest performance from project contractors and vendors
    • Ensure turnaround success through improved quality, shortened schedules and cost savings
    • Eliminate management surprises and suspense about turnaround’s final results

Turnaround Benchmarking Reviews

projectassurance_00021The Turnaround Management Benchmarking Review is designed to compare a company’s existing turnaround management capabilities with those of the industry leaders, and facilitate the implementation of best management processes and practices that will ensure World-Class Performance on plant shutdowns and turnarounds.

Principal Objectives
The Turnaround Management Benchmarking Review provides a sophisticated and logical approach to learn about the most effective turnaround management processes practiced by industry leaders.

Major review objectives are: 

  • Ascertain company’s current turnaround management capabilities and compare with those of the industry leaders.
  • Ensure World-Class Performance by implementing best turnaround management processes and practices.
  • Strengthen company’s turnaround management capabilities and a performance-driven work environment.
  • Achieve highest turnaround results through improved operational reliability, shortened schedules and Cost Savings of 10-20%.

Turnaround Seminars and Training

projectassurance_00022Managing World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds
Strategies and Planning Techniques for Pacesetter Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages.

An innovative seminar with Hands-On Workshops that Strengthen Management Skills and Assure Successful and Stress Free Turnarounds.

Know More

 

Executive Strategies to Manage World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds
A Consultative Executive Seminar to Create Focused Teams and Maximize Turnaround Performance.

Know More

Turnaround Management Processes and Procedures

projectassurance_00015TARMAP is a high performance and systematic approach to effectively plan and efficiently execute plant shutdowns and turnarounds. TARMAP blends the best turnaround management processes, practices and planning techniques in a logical sequence, and creates a smart work environment, in order to consistently facilitate World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds.

projectassurance_tarmap

 


Principal Objectives

To Consistently Achieve World-Class Performance on All Company Shutdowns and turnarounds Irrespective of their Size, Location and Complexity.

Why TARMAP ?

  • Addresses the fundamental root causes of inconsistent and lacklustre turnaround performance.
  • Provides a high performance solution to an inherently troublesome plant management function.
  • Offers the fastest approach to transform your company staff to smart, innovative and result-driven teams.

TARMAP Benefits

  • Dramatically improves company’s Turnaround Management Capabilities.
  • Eliminates experimentation and lengthy learning curves on every turnaround
  • Creates a synergistic and high performance work environment
  • Transforms “hard working” to “smart working” teams
  • Cost and schedule improvements of 10-25%
  • Bottom Line financial savings of millions of dollars

Turnaround Management Procedures
Project Assurance Specializes in the development and implementation of Customized Turnaround Management Procedures. These procedures provide a highly effective vehicle to train staff in company’s systematic approach to plan, manage and execute plant Shutdowns and Turnarounds.

Project Assurance’s staff ensures that the best practices, processes and modern planning techniques are incorporated in the company’s Turnaround Management Procedures.

Strategic Turnaround Planning

projectassurance_00011Strategic Project Planning is the essential front-end loading step to clearly establish project basis, common goals and focused work environment to facilitate world-class Shutdowns and Turnarounds.

Project Assurance facilitates strategic planning in alliance with your project management to achieve following key benefits:

  • Ensure that participants are focused to meet company’s business goals, project objectives and overcome critical/risk issues.
  • Create plant-wide support, synergistic effort and shared responsibility among all departments / participants.
  • Achieve 10-25% schedule and cost enforcements, and savings of millions of dollars.

Turnaround Preparedness Reviews

The Turnaround Planning Preparedness Review is designed to evaluate the existing turnaround planning procedures and management approaches, and provide specific recommendations to enhance the performance of upcoming plant turnaround.

The review offers pragmatic solutions to streamline planning function, and ensures the participants’ focused effort in maximizing turnaround performance.

Major Objectives: 

  • Early recognition of potential problems and weak areas.
  • Timely implementation of recommended programs to achieve highest performance
  • Incorporation of best turnaround management practices and planning techniques

Contracting Strategy and Plan

Project Assurance specializes in developing and implementing innovative contracting strategies and plans that are designed to select the most qualified contractors and maximize returns on company’s contracted dollars.

The success of a capital projects and/or plant turnaround depends to a large extent on the qualifications and capabilities of selected contractors, subcontractors and vendors. In addition, the owner companies should ensure that synergistic and cooperative work environment is created for optimizing the contractor’s performance.

Some of our performance-driven services include:

  • Facilitate development of Contracting Strategy and Contracting Plan.
  • Develop an optimized Contract Breakdown Structure.
  • Define the ideal contracting options and arrangements
  • Assist clients in the selection of the most qualified contractors, and vendors.
  • Development of contracting documents

Contractor Selection
Project Assurance assists clients in the implementation of Contracting, plans, and helping in the selection of the most qualified contractors, subcontractors and vendors.

Our services include:

  • Evaluation of the current market environment
  • Identification of capable contractors willing to bid the work
  • Evaluation and preliminary screening to develop a bidder’s short list
  • Assist in bid development, evaluation and selection of the most qualified contractors
  • Final contract negotiations

Contractor Management and Surveillance
The real contracting challenges begin after the award of contract. Project Assurance plays a pivotal role in assisting our clients to ensure that all parties stay in compliance with the contract documents and its spirit.

All contracted parties should ensure that synergistic work environment is created to get highest project and turnaround results.

Some of Project Assurance’s services in this area include:

  • Provide the owner’s team with validated and unbiased progress status and forecast
  • Early identification of potential conflicts and problems
  • Periodic peer reviews to ensure all parties are in compliance with the contract
  • Implement Contract Claims Avoidance Program

Turnaround Performance Reviews

Turnaround Management Advancement Program is designed as a comprehensive approach to expeditiously enhance a company’s Turnaround Management capabilities in order to consistently ensure success on plant shutdowns and turnarounds.

Principal Objectives

  • Strengthen the company’s turnaround planning and management capabilities.
  • Enhance the effectiveness and credibility of the turnaround management and planning functions.
  • Achieve the highest turnaround performance, operational reliability, shortened scheduled and significant cost savings.

Purpose and Benefits
To ensure turnaround success, it is imperative that the company staff has the knowledge of emerging industry trends and expertise in the latest turnaround management methodologies. The Turnaround Management Advancement Program offers the following major benefits:

  • Consistent and cost-effective achievement of company’s business goals and turnaround objectives
  • Assignment of turnaround teams who are knowledgeable in modern planning and management techniques
  • Ensures highest operational reliability, mechanical integrity, shortened turnaround schedules and potential cost benefits of 10 to 20%

Turnaround Excellence Partnership

projectassurance_00024Synergistic Turnaround Consulting Support for World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds

Turnaround Excellence Partnership service helps in the accelerated implementation of the best turnaround management processes and practices and creates a high performance work environment. This ongoing consultative program helps to develop company-specific Turnaround Management Excellence Strategy Plan. In addition, it indentifies executive initiatives and implements proven solutions that consistently facilitate World-Class Shutdowns and Turnarounds.

Key Objectives
The Turnaround Excellence Partnership service accomplishes the following objectives:

  • Expeditious implementation of the best turnaround management processes, practices and planning techniques
  • Turnaround teams receive continuous reinforcement through state-of-the-art turnaround management information, industry trends and consulting support
  • Dramatically enhance company’s in-house turnaround management, planning and execution capabilities
  • Maximize turnaround results by achieving cost schedule improvements of 10-25%, saving the company millions of dollars

Turnaround Team Coaching and Staffing Support

projectassurance_00019The success of a project is largely dependant on the experience, knowledge and leadership skill of the owners Project Management Team. In the world of downsizing and outsourcing, unfortunately many owners are challenged by declining project management resources. The project staff has to go through a long learning curve and in many cases on the job training. This approach is not only agonizing for the staff and can be a very costly for both the company and project.

Project Assurance’s Team Coaching Program is specially designed to make your project teams productive through accelerated knowledge transfer.

In addition, during the coaching process we expose the team to years of past experience through case studies and examples. The project teams also benefit through role model playing by using the current project as a case study.

Contractor Alignment and Team Building

projectassurance_00033Breakthrough Program to Create Synergistic Work Environment Between Owner and Contractors’ Teams.
Contractor Alignment and Team Building is a breakthrough program designed to ensure success on capital projects and turnarounds by creating a synergistic focus among the owner and contractors’ teams as it relates to performance goals, work scope, potential risks, success initiatives and organizational accountabilities.

Contractor Alignment and Team Building program is developed based on proven best practices that have demonstrated that pacesetter results can only be achieved when all the participants and organizations work together as a team, proactively mitigate risks, seek innovative solutions and play leadership roles in all phases of project planning and execution.

Key Objectives
This Contractor Alignment and Team Building program is designed to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Establish a common understanding among all participants about the company’s business goals, project performance expectations, and then develop execution strategies to achieve these.
  • Jointly identify and eliminate problems and weak areas that may impede productivity, hinder progress, escalate costs and adversely impact achievement of desired results.
  • Focus owner and contractor teams’ collective efforts on high performance initiatives and solution rather than getting distracted by contractual conflicts, competing plans, contradictory progress reporting and inconclusive forecasts.
  • Create synergistic work environment and implement innovative management approaches to shorten schedules, reduce project costs by 10-25% and dramatically improve company’s bottom-line profits.

Productivity Improvement Program

projectassurance_00012Improve Company Profits Through Resource Optimization and Dramatic Productivity Gains.
Productivity Improvement Program is designed to take the mystery out of “the productivity function” and share knowledge about causes of poor productivity, the latest industry trends, factors in establishing labor estimates and performance baseline, measurement and forecasting techniques.

This breakthrough program offers pragmatic solutions to eliminate productivity roadblocks and helps in the development of a company-specific Productivity Improvement Plan.

This plan will provide a step-by-step implementation roadmap and prformance tracking techniques to achieve 20-50% productivity gains on most management, construction and support functions.

Key Objectives 
Productivity Improvement program accomplishes the following principal objectives:

  • Take the mystery out of “productivity Function” by sharing knowledge about all aspects of productivity from establishing baseline estimates to measuring actual performance, forecasting cost trends and resource requirements.
  • Identify and devise initiatives to systematically eliminate chronic and company-specific causes of poor productivity.
  • Institutionalize the best planning techniques and execution processes that ensure highest productivity on all execution functions e.g. management staff, design teams, support services, field crafts, etc.
  • Reduce staff and labor requirements and shorten schedules by 10-25% resulting in bottom-line savings of millions of dollars.

Executive Turnaround Oversight

Executive Turnaround Oversight helps the client in optimizing resources, achieving highest turnaround performance and maximizing returns from capital investments.

Program Overview
The Executive Turnaround Oversight Program is designed to provide the turnaround sponsors and executives validated and unbiased information about a turnaround’s true status, performance trends and forecast at completion. It objectively measures management effectiveness of all participants in light of actual project status, baselines and goals.

The program utilizes modern management and analytical techniques to forewarn adverse situations, encourage innovation, and recommend productive solutions that ensure a turnaround’s ultimate success.

Principal Objectives 

  • Protect client interests and maximize project performance.
  • Provide client management the added confidence about a turnaround’s current status and final outcome.
  • Ensure the highest returns for the company’s investment on a turnaround.

Major Benefits

  • Accomplish cost-effectively company’s business goals and turnaround objectives
  • Receive unbiased and objective assessment of overall turnaround performance
  • Achieve highest performance from project contractors and vendors
  • Ensure turnaround success through improved quality, shortened schedules and cost savings
  • Eliminate management surprises and suspense about turnaround’s final results

For more information, please contact Project Assurance by calling 281-496-0100 or email us at excel@projectassurance.com

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