January 2017

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Reliability: Reliability and the EPC contractor

In this column, I have often elaborated on critical information related to reliability thinking. However, reliability thinking is continually subverted by approaches that concentrate excessively on project cost and completion.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In this column, I have often elaborated on critical information related to reliability thinking. However, reliability thinking is continually subverted by approaches that concentrate excessively on project cost and completion. A highly respected operational excellence (OE) expert’s observations further support the impression that consistent, long-term and viable (“sustainable”) reliability pursuits often clash with the overriding priority concerns of budget and schedule. The OE expert acknowledged that reliability is generally accepted as having “nothing to dislike.” Nevertheless, while managers often claim that safety and reliability are their topmost project objectives, this is only a cl

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