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Operational Excellence

Take an enterprise view of your operations and create unprecedented impact

In today’s complex and ever-shifting energy landscape, companies face a host of challenges, from competition and cost management to workforce readiness and training. 

Successful global organizations have learned to address these pressures by adopting a holistic view to organizational performance, focusing on continual improvement of key performance indicators (KPIs), and deploying sustainable interventions that create real  impact for the business.

GP Strategies’ operational excellence consulting experts help you shift focus to a holistic view of organizational performance, then target the specific areas that will produce the most effective and responsive changes in performance. Along the way, we address every element of organizational effectiveness, from strategy and culture to leadership, frontline sales, and the delivery of business results. Areas where we can help you deliver targeted improvements and quantifiable results include the following:

  • Operations—Availabilities, capacity factors, and other balanced scorecard KPIs
  • Performance—Lower heat rates, improved availability, and less forced outages (EtaPRO Performance and Condition Monitoring System)
  • Maintenance—Equipment reliability, maintenance re-work, outage durations, and system failures (Maintenance and Reliability Excellence)
  • Environment—Air, water, and solids compliance records and reduced NOVs
  • Safety—DART and LTA rates, near misses, and regulatory compliance
  • Workforce Behaviors—Turnover rates, cultures, engagement, and high performance
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A comprehensive solution to achieve operational excellence

Through our systematic operational excellence model, we take organizations on an accelerated path from strategy to sustainability. By benchmarking to 33 standards of excellence that map to the critical components in the model, we help you quickly isolate areas for immediate improvement while uncovering long-term opportunities.

Our targeted operational excellence strategies include:

  1. Operational Excellence Assessments

    From on-site observations, focus groups and interviews to off-site surveying, data analysis and benchmarking, we help you evaluate your current state, identify gaps, and uncover high performance areas. Comparing assessment data to past performance and industry-recognized standards shows where you stand in relation to peers, where performance gaps may exist, and areas already best-in-class.

  2. Risk Management

    Create a culture that minimizes risk and maintains compliance by developing governance, risk management, and regulatory compliance in emergency management; health, safety, and environment; process safety; and more.

  3. Asset Performance Management

    We support reliable production with a plan covering every element of asset performance management, including human, equipment, design and process.

  4. Maintenance and Reliability

    With guidance from our Operational Excellence Practice, you will learn to improve equipment reliability, reduce maintenance costs, and increase operations-maintenance cooperation.

  5. Lean

    We embrace and support the Toyota philosophy for implementing Lean in your enterprise. Brief training modules followed by hands-on implementation provide a deep understanding of the principles and tools of Lean.

  6. Six Sigma

    These proven techniques drive improved quality of internal process outputs. We excel at helping organizations deploy Six Sigma programs.

  7. Lean Six Sigma

    Through structured training, we combine Lean and Six Sigma to help assist in establishing your deployment plan, coaching, and hands-on implementation.

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Practical solutions to deliver measurable results

At GP Strategies we don’t swoop in, swoop out, and leave you with a binder of recommendations and promises of a future state of excellence. As your partner in operational excellence, we’re with you every step of the way.
With decades of real world energy industry experience we help our clients:

  • Train employees faster at higher test rates
  • Monitor, anticipate, and improve equipment performance
  • Navigate complex regulations
  • Implement technological advances
  • Streamline processes and procedures
  • Reduce HSE incidents
  • Develop capable, adaptable leaders
  • Increase profitability and growth

From strategy to sustainability trust GP Strategies to deliver results. Contact us.

Case Studies

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Business Impact
$608k
Generated total savings per year
17
Avoided facility shutdowns

Improving Operations through an Operational Excellence Model

At La Cira Infantas Field, the culture of training relied heavily on field and console operators. As a result, operators were not trained to a set of standards across the company, or across the facility
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Benchmark Your Performance to 250 Leading Energy Companies

Operational Excellence is a strategy that requires targeted improvements to critical Key Performance indicators (KPIs). High performing power companies continually benchmark against historical data, industry leaders, and best practices to target performance improvements. GP Strategies can help map your course