June 2018
Putting Together the Turnaround Puzzle
If you’re like me, putting together jigsaw puzzles was a crucial part of summer break when I was young. As a kid, those 1,000 or 5,000 piece puzzles seemed impossible at first. But my parents would start with the edge pieces, then divide up pieces based on their color, and before long the picture started to come into view. When it comes to turnarounds, there is so much that goes into the planning and executing regardless if it’s a routine or complex turnaround.

In the preparation phase with pre-planning, scheduling, estimating and readiness assessments, to the execution phase with safety, logistics and field execution, it’s a cast of hundreds or thousands that all come together to produce a successful turnaround. On time and on budget is what everyone shoots for. But how do you get there? It takes proven processes and the experience of consistently doing it right. Just like your parents helping you with that 5,000 piece puzzle, Onpoint brings industry leading services in each phase of your turnaround to help you see the whole picture. Click below to learn more about our array of services.
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Blog: Understanding the Benefits of Centralized Transportation

Turnaround and Capital Project costs reach well into the millions and even billions of dollars in today’s market, and plant owners must expertly control expenses. When evaluating the full scope of a project, transportation can seem like a relatively small expense — but costs associated with transportation can accumulate quickly. While a plant owner might scrutinize shift hours on an invoice, exorbitant transportation costs can go relatively [...]


Article: Improving Turnarounds Through Written Methodologies

A major factor in whether turnarounds sink or survive is tied directly to whether the site has high-quality written methodologies. Though turnaround methodology manuals have grown in popularity, there is still a plethora of sites that either do not have them or have manuals out of date or poorly written. Performing a turnaround or a project without detailed methodology manuals is nothing short of malpractice. It is the equivalent of taking a journey without a [...]


News: Onpoint to Participate in Chem/Petrochem & Refinery Shutdowns & Turnarounds Conference

Members of the Onpoint team will be on hand at the 10th Annual Chem/Petrochem & Refinery Shutdowns & Turnarounds Conference July 31st - August 2nd in San Antonio,Texas. Onpoint will be presenting a paper on Utilizing Best Practices to Mitigate and Control the Negative Cost and Duration Impacts of Materials Management. Come by our booth to speak with our experts on Turnaround Optimization, Project Controls Personnel, Safety, Transportation, Logistics and Training. We are also scheduling meetings to provide time for in-depth discussion of your turnaround challenges. Click below to request a meeting with Onpoint experts at the 10th Annual Chem/Petrochem & Refinery Shutdowns & Turnarounds Conference.

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White Paper: Getting the Most from Your Flex Workforce

A recent article in "Bloomberg Businessweek" said, "Twenty-six percent of the U.S. workforce have jobs that are, in one way or another, nonstandard." Globalization has created a huge contingent labor force. The size of this workforce is expected to double over the next 20 years. According to CBS News, the field has already grown by 57% since 2009 – adding over 355,000 jobs to the market. By nature, temporary employment fluctuates widely as employers try to eliminate fixed [...]


News: Long-time Team Member Mike Bischoff Retires

While Onpoint is still young in its lifespan as a company, some members of our team have had very long tenures. Mike Bischoff has been a leader in business development for nearly 16 years as a part of WTMC, and now Onpoint. His experience and relationships in the Project Controls Personnel industry made him an invaluable member of our team. Everyone who knows Mike knows the genuine and caring friend he is to us all. He and his wife, Carolyn, are moving up to their new home on Lake Livingston. Thank you Mike! We wish you all the best, and we will miss you!

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