ARTHUR DAVIDSON, Training/Process Manager, WTMC

As complicated as turnarounds may be, there are only a few reasons they either succeed or fail. The successful manager concentrates his focus on only five key areas. more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Plant Management & Operations

The turnaround manager who wants to maintain an illusion of being savvy in all project management disciplines may be hesitant to ask too many scheduling questions. more

Aug 15, 2017 7:00 AM Plant Management & Operations

It seems we persistently experience the same, almost universal issues virtually every turnaround season, suggesting widespread "opportunities" surrounding the lessons-learned process. more

Mar 24, 2017 10:02 AM Training & Human Resources

With recent advancements in turnaround methodology, external scheduling assessments have become almost ubiquitous, which is a positive development if they are conducted correctly. The concern is a considerable number are being performed with no adher more

Sep 12, 2016 12:00 AM Plant Management & Operations

A person pursuing the exhilaration of human flight could step from the ledge of the 100-story John Hancock Building and enjoy about eight seconds of bliss. more

Maintenance & Reliability

General George S. Patton has been long heralded as one of the greatest military figures in recorded history. He was insatiable as a student, impressive as an Olympic athlete and astounding as a molder of men. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

At a time when it is challenging to find high-return investments in our industry, there is still a great payoff for investing in scheduling. more

May 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Should we keep calling it a “safety meeting” when it is about so much more? Has the phrase been overused to the point of automatic boredom? more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Years ago, the FRAM filter commercial became a cultural phenomenon of sorts. The contagious tag line many still use today was, “You can pay me now … or you can pay me later.” more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Everybody loves a good Vince Lombardi quote like “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” It is a great quote but a great understatement as well. Fatigue robs us of so much more than just our confidence. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Years ago, I asked a procurement professional what the secret to his success was, and he answered in four words, “Buy low, sell high.” Even back then, I knew there was a lot more to his triumph than that! more

Nov 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

There is an old saying, “Work hurriedly done is worriedly done.” Unfortunately, I have found that adage to be quite true. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

With the oil and gas industry being suppressed these days, some plants are pushing out turnarounds due to lower profit margins. But I have been in this industry long enough to know something else is at work as well: the herd mentality. more

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield joked about getting a policeman to help him find his parents when he was lost. After an exasperating search, he asked the policeman, “Do you think we’ll ever find them?” To... more

Aug 1, 2015 5:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Sometimes there is only one degree difference between being the best and not being the best. Turnaround teams often look very similar to each other but achieve very different results. In the case of w... more

Jun 1, 2015 5:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

There is no single other factor under your influence that will determine the likelihood of your success or failure more than the quality and quantity of the people you hire. As the economy cycles upwa... more

May 1, 2015 5:00 AM Training & Human Resources

After an extended period of unusual quietness, a handsome young second grader burst into the room where his mom was sitting. With much excitement, he proudly announced he is 7 feet tall! In disbelief ... more

Apr 1, 2015 5:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

People are compelled to pause and reflect when they read the statement of Thomas Reid in his “Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man,” “In every chain of reasoning, the evidence of the last conclusi... more

Mar 1, 2015 6:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

On Dec. 5, the world held its collective breath during sunrise over Cape Canaveral. The launch of Orion marked “Day One of the Mars Era” as America once again assumed the posture as leader of the spac... more

Feb 1, 2015 6:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

In reviewing white papers, articles and best practices from the various turnaround improvement experts, one thing has become rather obvious: the paradigm has not shifted much in recent years. Rather t... more

Dec 1, 2014 6:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability