April 2001

Special Report: Project and Plant Management

Creating plant operating excellence with measurable results

For an average-sized refinery, these improvements should deliver an economic benefit of $25 million/year

Gillard, C. F., Verticore Technologies

Years ago we just operated plants. Corporate offices took care of the business and economic aspects. Today with flatter organizations and extreme competitive pressures, plant management and technical staff have the added responsibility for the business side of plant operation. Frequently, they feel ill-prepared to deal with the wide span of responsibilities. How can the business and economic aspects of the plant be integrated with the operational aspects? How can the business awareness of the employees be increased? Over recent years, plant management has been presented an ever-evolving series of management concepts and techniques. These methods include management by objective

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