Operation is defined by IPA as the period after mechanical completion. This phase includes project startup, which IPA measures from the end of mechanical completion (turnover of a project to operations) to steady-state operation, regardless if design capacity is reached. It should be noted that IPA’s Operability Index is based on the operational performance in months 7 to 12 after mechanical completion.
IPA offers several products and services to teams that have entered the routine operation phase to assist them in evaluating the operability of the project and in the gathering of lessons learned to help replicate successful projects or find the root cause of unsuccessful projects.
Aids in the evaluation of the key practices that allowed the project to achieve successful outcomes or identifies the practices that led to poor outcomes that should be avoided in future projects
Aids project teams in assessing the project’s operability after the project has been in routine operations for at least 1 year, which helps teams and companies understand how the decisions that were made during the previous stages of the project affected the operability of the unit