October 23, 2019, 10:18 pm

Effective Shutdown Planning and Management

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About this Training Course

Assetivity offers this course as an extension of our acclaimed Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Excellence course to teach the special skills and techniques required for successful planning and management of shutdowns, turnarounds and outages (STO). We will show participants why STO events are special and how to deal with them.  Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The unique characteristics, challenges and opportunities associated with STO events
  • Planning and scheduling techniques for improving shutdown performance
  • Keys for effective shutdown management


Who Should Attend

This training is designed to be beneficial for all staff (both the owner's and contractor's) who are involved in the planning, coordination and execution of STO's. The course is especially valuable for:

    • Maintenance Managers,
    • Project Managers
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    • Managers and Coordinators,
    • Inspection, Materials and Safety Professionals,
    • Planning, Scheduling and Cost Control Staff,
    • Construction Superintendents and Supervisors,
    • Operations Superintendents and Shift Supervisors,
    • Project Engineers, and
    • Contract Administrators


Training Course Duration

1 Day



This course leverages off Assetivity's extensive experience in Shutdown Planning and Management in a wide variety of industries, including mining, mineral processing, oil and gas, utilities, manufacturing, transport and defence. 


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, delegates should (as a minimum) be able to:

      • Understand and appreciate the ‘why’ of STO planning requirements and the associated capital and resource implications for an organization.
      • Gain a detailed understanding of the various phases of a typical STO cycle namely, pre-planning, detailed planning, execution, completion and review, as well as what is involved in the execution of each phase.
      • Project manage, co-ordinate and communicate during STOs
      • Apply shutdown planning and management best practices
      • Employ effective strategies for tracking costs, duration and quality control during shutdowns
      • Understand risk management and mitigation during shutdown execution
      • Identify continuous improvement opportunities



This course is not formally assessed, though participants undertake case studies and exercises to ensure their new knowledge transfers into practical skills and the confidence to apply them in the workplace.


Training Course Content

Overview – Context and Strategy

  • Why shutdown and how often
  • High level process flow map for major shutdowns, turnarounds and outages
  • Pre- Shutdowns, turnarounds and outages assessment
  • Management Process for Shutdowns, turnarounds and outages

Shutdown Planning and Preparation

  • Identification of work and work scope planning
  • Process controls, (scope, budget, schedule, safety)
  • Work flow including critical path elements
  • Contractor management , Communications and stake holder management
  • Labour resourcing, spares and materials readiness
  • Site preparation and facilities management
  • Risk and safety management
  • Execution Plan

Shutdown Execution

  • Effective Shutdown Supervision
  • Tracking and reporting Shutdown progress
  • Shift handover practices
  • Managing emergent work
  • Dealing with the unexpected

Shutdown Completion and Review

  • Final inspection, punch listing, quality assessment and hand over to operations
  • Commissioning and start-up
  • Post shutdown review
  • Continuous improvement opportunities- what worked and what did not work?


Training Course Cost

$750 (ex GST) per person.  

Early Bird Discount = $75

Discounts apply for multiple attendees from the same organisation:

2-3 attendees = $675 per person

4+ attendees = $600 per person


Training Course Dates and Registration

  • Click here to view the dates and locations when this course is currently scheduled to run
  • This course can also be run in-house for your organisation at a time and location that suits you. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss this further and obtain a price quotation.

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