Operational Readiness & Plant Launch

Achieve operational readiness in your plant launch project

Leading a new plant to operational readiness comes with a multitude of unique challenges. The leading cause of cost overruns and schedule delays in a capital expansion project is an underprepared workforce. Operational errors, disorganization, and process inefficiencies directly equate to a loss of time and capital. When project deadlines and milestones begin to be missed, the projects lose momentum, creating a cycle of value loss and underperformance that is tough for a project to bounce back from.

According to the Construction Industry Institute, only 5.4% of heavy industrial projects meet “best in class” standards in terms of cost and schedule.

Critical areas are often overlooked in the early phases of project planning, which can lead to launch delays, cost overruns, lack of properly trained personnel, and many other startup issues.

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Click the image above to read our infographic on the top blind spots companies should be aware of so action can be taken to ensure CapEX projects stay on track

We place a relentless focus on integrating people, processes, and technology, the essential elements of your business. By addressing those factors early in a capital project plan, successful completion and startup can be achieved, aligning your team onto the critical path to operational readiness project management.

For over 50 years, GP Strategies has helped numerous companies achieve faster, more efficient, and incident-free startups while removing the risk of failing inspections and complying with regulations. Our proven approach to CapEx project management places equal emphasis on workforce performance, performance of key processes, and technology inside your new plant.

For an in-depth look into how GP Strategies can help take your CapEx projects from design to operational readiness to operational excellence, read our white paper “Operational Excellence Through Qualification and Global Knowledge Transfer”.


GP Strategies CapEx Solutions

The elements of a successful CapEx startup project

Strategy and Analysis. Ensure success with a strategy that understands your organizational pursuits and aligns the right master plans to ensure success. GP Strategies can assist you with initial feasibility studies during concept design and front-end engineering design (FEED).

Engineering EPCM. As an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) support provider, we can help oversee your project and ensure success during pre-commissioning, commissioning and ultimately the launch of your plant.

Asset Management. Achieve your operational goals by focusing on leadership vision and asset strategy, frontline reliability, precision maintenance, work execution, and online monitoring technologies. We take a proactive approach that helps companies achieve sustainable maintenance and reliability excellence.

Documentation Development. GP Strategies makes sure that your workforce has the customized material necessary for success, including owners and parts manuals, training manuals, operating and maintenance procedures, and electronic performance support systems. Additionally, ensuring that Process Safety Management (PSM) and OSHA regulations are adhered to is critical for Petrochemical, Chemical, Power and other Process industry plants.

Compliance & Regulatory. Our compliance and regulatory practice supports a broad range of support including Environmental Sustainability, Explosive Atmostphere Assessments (ATEX and DSEAR) and Work Place Health, Safety, and Welfare. Also, did you know GP Strategies was awarded as a Top 20 Health and Safety Training Company by Training Industry, Inc. in 2017.

Human Performance. Realize added value through workforce analysis, identifying the jobs and tasks needed for your CapEx project. Through a variety of different training methods, including eLearning, instructor-led, hands, simulator, and blended learning, GP Strategies puts a plan in place to ensure your people are prepared as your CapEx project is ready to launch.



The investment in the human element is the differentiator. Your equipment and processes need strong foundations and well-designed support systems

The path to operational readiness starts here

To learn more reasons why operational readiness is so important to your plant launch, watch this webinar hosted by one of our CapEx and operational readiness experts. An investment in human capital and well-defined processes can be the key difference between achieving your goals and massive revenue loss. For additional ways to lead your workforce to operational readiness, read the article “Managing ‘people’ on the critical path to operational readiness” from BIC Magazine.




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