The Use of First Run Studies to Develop Standard Work in Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Refurbishment

Vince Hackett1, Christine Pasquire2, Roy Stratton3 & Andrew Knight4

1PhD Researcher, Nottingham Trent University, UK., +372 56 455 953, [email protected].
2Professor, Nottingham Trent University, UK, [email protected]
3Reader, Nottingham Trent University, UK, [email protected].
4Head of Construction . Nottingham Trent University, UK, [email protected].


The refurbishment of existing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants is complex and potentially hazardous, so it is crucial that the workforce has the capability to undertake the work in an efficient and safe manner. One method to achieve this outcome is by the development of efficient work practices, fully utilising workforce experience and knowledge. The purpose of this paper is to describe the outcomes resulting from the development and use of a lean tool referred to as Workshop First Run informed Work Design (WFRiWD) on the ongoing refurbishment of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in the North West region of Australia. The paper identifies gaps in knowledge, where firstly there is little evidence of the use of a WFRS phase using existing resident knowledge to continuously develop and improve good practice. Secondly it addresses criticisms of the current issues the construction industry has in managing knowledge and thirdly it addressees the lack of literature and practice on the use of shared knowledge to enhance the development of high performance teams. The tool has been developed and tested through Action Research cycles. The main result is the demonstration of how existing teams can evolve into higher performing teams using the WFRiWD tool in a collaborative knowledge sharing process.


First Run Studies, Work Design, Standardization, Deming wheel.



Hackett, V. , Pasquire, C. , Stratton, R. & Knight, A. 2015. The Use of First Run Studies to Develop Standard Work in Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Refurbishment, 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , 671-680.

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