Use an Operational Readiness Checklist in your company to improve the readiness process.
With this checklist for small to medium-sized construction projects, project managers assess the operational readiness of a plant before commissioning.Download template
Operational readiness is used to methodically check the completeness of project deliverables to ensure a smooth launch and safe operation. Establishing operational readiness processes helps with project planning and preparation for the first day of operations. It pays off when everything goes according to plan and there are no problems.
Once a project is completed, the start of operations involves a variety of pre-operational activities that must be completed in a timely manner by a number of different parties. These parties include the project team, the operator, and other parties interested in ensuring safe and reliable operations. Some of these activities have long lead times and are critical to successful startup and ongoing operations.
A checklist for operational readiness is a structured project evaluation instrument. The main purpose of it is to minimize operational risks, which is defined as “the risk of loss resulting from failed internal processes, people and systems or from external events.”
All processes and specifications that bring a project into a state of readiness to start or resume operations are outlined prior to commissioning. The evaluation is carried out before new processes are put into operation or existing processes that have been previously shut down.
Operation project managers from the oil and gas, construction and mining industries benefit from checklists for operational readiness. Their use ensures that the people, processes and systems necessary for the timely delivery, commissioning and handover of infrastructure projects are in place.
Before starting a project it is essential to know process transitions ready for operation to avoid chaos. Operational errors, disorganization and insufficiently prepared teams lead to loss of value and poor performance in companies.
Readiness revisions are done either before to start on new processes or on existing processes that were previously closed. A review involves the following concerns and activities:
Operational readiness audits may involve:
The output of the readiness activity can be:
According to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2020), the procedure requires the following:
Reviewing operational readiness is key to ensuring that operational starts or restarts are in the best possible alignment with established plans. Lumiform's mobile app allows project managers to use digital checklists for operational readiness reviews. They can easily complete them on-site via tablet or smartphone - online or offline. They use the desktop software to create the checklists and then evaluate the collected data.
With the Lumiform app and desktop software, responsible employees can: