The operation and maintenance of offshore energy projects requires careful planning across multiple time horizons, business units, and companies. Integrated Planning and Logistics (IPL) is a system used to help meet this requirement. This research compares an IPL system in use, as well as existing literature, with a mature planning artifact in construction, namely the Last Planner® System (LPS). The research hypothesis was that implementing Last Planner principles could improve IPL system performance. Despite the challenging environmental conditions inherent to offshore work, data from 30 projects revealed that over 90% of not successfully completed activities failed due to causes related to ineffective planning. Research findings indicate that it would be beneficial to include Last Planner® principles in IPL systems. This paper concludes by presenting a hypothesis to test during further deployment of IPL systems on current or new projects.
Last Planner® System, Production management, Operation Planning, Integrated Planning and Logistics
Frandson, A.G. & Tommelein, I.D. 2015, 'Improving Integrated Planning for Offshore O&M Projects With Last Planner® Principles' In:, Seppänen, O., González, V.A. & Arroyo, P., 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Perth, Australia, 29-31 Jul 2015. pp 173-182