The concept of Flawless should not be beyond the grasp of most Project Management teams, but implementation of the concept does require a shift in the mindset of everyone involved.
Whereas there are well established systems and procedures to ensure the quality of the design process, to validate the quality of components and equipment, to test and assure the performance of the completed asset, but ensuring quality in the process of construction has been largely ignored.
In current projects, the construction process is primarily driven by the schedule which in itself is driven by cost. This is directly at odds with the higher level objective of the Operations Team who, in addition to receiving an asset on-time and under budget, need to receive an asset which can be operated at the design intent parameters, to generate revenue from the product produced and thereby repay the investment made at FID in the shortest possible time, in other words addressing the Total Cost of Ownership.
Flawless Project Initiatives (FPI) promotes the necessary attention to detail during construction to ensure the quality of the construction activities by implementing a number of strategies to ensure that the integrity designed into the asset is maintained through construction and is continued into the OPERATE phase.
Many projects have realised that, rather than add cost or increase the schedule of a project, doing things 'Right First Time', actually reduces costs and often improves the schedule, by avoiding needless repetition of work done badly or from early failures due to poor (often hurried) installation of equipment.
The FPI process is a key element of the OR&A process. The aim of FPI is essentially to ensure a smooth, first time start-up of the asset, followed by a steady ramp-up to sustained optimum performance to deliver the design intent.
FPI is also a key enabling process for successful project delivery, intended to ensure a structured and timely execution of activities that lead to that ‘right first time’ start-up and subsequent safe, stable and sustainable Operation and Maintenance of the completed asset.