Strategies for optimizing labor resource planning on plant shutdown and turnaround

Ming Fung Siu, Ming Lu, Simaan Abourizk

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic researchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


The complexities inherent in scheduling the execution of process plant turnaround projects present distinctive challenges to project managers in identifying the shortest project duration while determining the optimum crew size. In collaboration with a major plant turnaround contractor in Alberta, we monitored the execution of an oil refinery turnaround project. We looked into management processes in regard to turnaround project schedules development and skilled-labor resource allocation. This research conceptualizes a labor resource provision optimization methodology in the complex and dynamic context of turnaround scheduling to objectively quantify and reduce the crew size. The optimum quantities of specialty trades to be employed in the field can be determined objectively so as to staff a crew with sufficient skilled-labor resources while also minimizing the duration in executing a turnaround work package.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2014
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780784413517
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, CRC 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 19 May 201421 May 2014


Conference2014 Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, CRC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction

Cite this