Efficient work preparation and planning for stops and shutdowns

Reliability Solutions
Efficient work preparation and planning for stops and shutdowns This course is suitable for Maintenance Managers, Work Planners and Planners as well as Maintenance Supervisors and Shutdown Managers. It is also welcome for anyone who already has experience with stops and would like to improve their working methods.

Responding to breakdowns, preparing work, being on schedule for the execution of your preventive maintenance, preparing standstills and executing them within the given time... Every maintenance department operates in a demanding and challenging environment, often with shrinking teams. Yet in many companies there is still room to do more work with the same number of people, by preparing and planning more effectively.

Reliability Solutions Netherlands From 4 to 6 May 2021 Dutch On demand


The more we can reduce the time spent searching for parts, tools or drawings, and the more we can reduce the time spent waiting for jobs to be assigned, the more we can efficiently deploy our maintenance team and monitor and streamline the production process.

This three-day course covers the benefits of work preparation and planning. You will learn how to synchronise your work preparation and planning processes for your daily maintenance and shutdowns, how to get the most out of your maintenance team by increasing effectiveness and performance, and how to take important steps in your shutdown processes. In this course, you will learn about both routine maintenance and periodic line stops.

The course also includes an interactive 'I-Plan' game, in which you experience the principles of an efficient stop yourself.

In teams, the participants have to simulate the shutdown process from initiation to evaluation. This simulation approaches reality in the most unexpected details. I-Plan is an exciting and interactive simulation that simulates a real shutdown with all the typical problems such as parts management, resource constraints, quality problems, subcontractor problems, planning challenges, work order management etc. On a game board, where logistics and safety related constraints stand in their way, they have to prepare and plan the workload with different interactive assets and demarcated zones. Delineating and managing the critical path is also included in the game. They do this in a race against time, because... 'Time is money'!


  • Know the core values and benefits of work management
  • Know the different roles and responsibilities
  • Know the different steps in work management
  • Know the benefits of work order analysis and continuous improvement
  • Create the content of a task plan
  • Calculate backlog
  • Master the routine planning process
  • Know the differences between routine and downtime work management
  • Know the critical path
  • Know the risks of downtime
  • Know the different phases of the downtime process
  • Know how to measure and evaluate a work order and downtime proces

About the teacher:

Guido Verrept has been active as a trainer and improvement coach for more than 30 years. Helping companies and their employees to get a step ahead in their goals is his main motivation. Guido started his career as a design engineer at Atlas Copco, before joining ABB as Maintenance Manager. As a teacher Guido has been active all over the planet: from Australia and Africa to Brazil and of course Europe. Within the unified I-care company, Guido is training & assessment director and responsible for all training, both internal and external, public and in-company.

Organised by: BEMAS