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 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”.



The elements of a successful CapEx startup project

Engineering. GP Strategies can assist you with initial feasibility studies during concept design and front-end engineering design (FEED). As an Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Management (EPCM) support provider, we can help oversee your project and ensure success during pre-commissioning, commissioning and ultimately the launch of your plant.

Workforce Analysis. The first step to properly training a workforce is figuring out exactly what they need. That’s why we perform skills analyses, workforce integration, onboarding training, needs assessments, and a host of other services to assess where your workforce stands and what they can improve on.

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, and other Process industry plants.

Maintenance Reliability. The U.S. National Response Center says that it costs 50% more to repair a broken component than one that was addressed prior to its failure. 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.

Training Design and Deployment. Custom training design and development allows your workforce to engage in hands-on exercises to prepare them well ahead of the start of operations.

Vertical Startup. A vertical startup is an optimized startup that meets all project objectives, reaching operational readiness on day one. Being ready at the time of launch allows for the maximum amount of time to receive positive results, rather than continuing to assess and address issues during operations.


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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