Minimizing Costs and Improving Outage Efficiency with TaskView

When a nuclear facility begins an outage, it’s estimated that as much as 50% of a maintenance budget will be spent during this time. If you combine this with the fact that the facility is also losing revenue because reactors and other equipment are powered down, it quickly becomes clear why a manager’s primary goal is to complete as much work as possible in the shortest amount of time.

As soon as an outage starts, plant supervisors will continually attempt to find the right balance between being able to keep the project on schedule by meeting workforce needs with the ability keeping costs as low as possible. And although most supervisors will expect to increase their teams at some point during their outage, none of them can reliably pinpoint when these events will occur.

Unless they’re using a tool like CHAMPS TaskView, that is. TaskView leverages existing STO/MRO data in order to visually display in real-time the status of tasks, schedules, and other important information about the outage. Guided by business rules and key attributes defined by you, TaskView will provide you with comprehensive and accurate reports on how well your outage is being executed.

Created the Schedule? Try to Keep It.

On a high level, communication is one of the biggest contributing factors into why STO schedules end up being delayed. Even with tools like Primavera laying the groundwork for project schedules, many organizations tend to see breakdowns when once the outage has been underway for a while because information that is critical for keeping the schedule updated is either unknown, not captured in a timely manner, or isn’t descriptive enough of the status.

Not having this information reported in a timely manner causes unneeded delays where supervisors and other managers are forced to wait for updates before they can make decisions. Or worse yet, they’re forced to make decisions while trying to account for unknown factors. All of which makes keeping up with the schedule extremely difficult to do.

Enter Centralized Dashboards

TaskView solves this by providing supervisors, managers, and even work teams with easy to understand dashboards visualizations. This ability to visually communicate to everyone, in real-time, the status of work tasks, upcoming schedules, and current roadblock becomes a key point in controlling the STO schedule and minimizing the duration of the outage itself. Crews are able to work more efficiently, necessary scheduling information is more readily available, and potential issues and roadblocks are identified and resolved much sooner.

But most importantly, it allows the supervisors and managers a means to continually find ways reduce costs and improve the outages efficiency. If you’re looking for a way to improve your STO scheduling, contact us today for a free consultation.

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