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Ensuring the Success of a Major Project Within an Operational Plant

16 January 2024 | Patrice Duchesne

Plants are continually evolving, needing investments to address new requirements, which ultimately culminate in significant projects. This dynamic landscape demands agility from managers to ensure that both personnel and equipment can effectively adapt to present and future demands and limitations. The question is: How can we guarantee the success of a major project within an operating plant?


1.       Optimizing Results Using an Integrated Team

After establishing and receiving approval for the main aspects of a strategic project, the next step is creating the organizational structure for the integrated team. The concept behind integrated design is to bring together essential participants who share a common objective, allowing them to collaborate effectively as a team. This approach cultivates a collaborative environment between the project manager, requesting clients, design firms, specialized contractors, and other stakeholders. By forming an integrated team, a strong basis for communication among all stakeholders is established. Regular meetings should be conducted to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote continuous improvement in project understanding and risk management.


2.       Maintaining Focus on Project Objectives

Large-scale projects are often carried out in a production plant. As these projects progress through the design and specification phases, various challenges and limitations will surface, demanding effective solutions. These constraints include risks that can directly influence the ability to achieve the desired project outcomes.

Depending on the circumstances, they can manifest at various levels, impacting aspects such as collaboration, expenses, production continuity, and the duration of production interruptions. The integrated team is responsible for addressing these constraints. It falls upon them to understand and manage these risks while ensuring the primary focus remains on the project’s successful execution.


3.       Effective Risk Management

In the process of orchestrating a significant project, understanding the inherent risks is critical to achieving desired outcomes. After the project is underway, implementing rigorous risk management strategies becomes essential to mitigate the potential time setbacks caused by unexpected events. This entails addressing a risk or issue as it arises and proactively identifying alternative solutions that can bolster project timelines and budgets.


4.       Coordination and Collaboration

A clear and comprehensive understanding of execution strategies is crucial for the division directly impacted by the project and the overall production flow within the plant. It’s crucial to minimize downtime in each division and optimize collaboration based on each work area’s capacity and unique limitations.

Throughout the execution phase, maintaining open communication with plant managers becomes indispensable. The synergies between the integrated project team and end-users play a pivotal role in handling unexpected challenges. It streamlines the integration of the project into the plant’s regular operations, ultimately ensuring the success of the initial objective.


STI Maintenance offers extensive planning and coordination services that span from the initial feasibility assessment to the ultimate project completion and extend local support to all parties involved. We meticulously outline tasks throughout each phase, establish project timelines, promote collaboration, assess risks, and prioritize opportunities. Our primary goal is to streamline the return to production within the specified shutdown periods. This results in well-thought-out choices, each backed by STI Maintenance’s expertise in safety, cost-effectiveness, and operational efficiency.

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