Articles tagged with: TAPS

Large US Refinery Implements Emerald Tools

Learn how refinery used P6-Loader and TAPS to improve accuracy and speed when working with data in their P6 schedules and how they used EP-datawarehouse and custom dashboards to help with cost control and management visibility for their turnarounds.

Cost controls more effective and schedule updating more streamlined

Written by Sue Hopkins

Client Overview

Client is one of North America's largest integrated energy companies. Their Lima refinery was looking for a way to improve their turnarounds and create custom dashboards for better visibility for management.


  • Their Lima refinery was looking for a way to have more effective cost controls for their turnarounds.

  • They needed a way to streamline data entry and schedule updating and reporting.


  • Emerald's Turnaround Productivity Package - TAPS, P6-Loader, EP-dashboard, and EP-datawarehouse was implemented

  • Schedule updates are now completed in less than a quarter of the time. Updating takes a matter of minutes using TAPS, rather than several hours

  • P6-Loader streamlined the addition of found work to both the working schedule and the baseline schedule

  • EP-datawarehouse is used to store snapshotted data for multiple uses for EV and Trending

  • EP-dashboards utilize the snapshot data to create custom dashboards for management including Green-Ups, Inspections and S-Curves

From Our Customer

"Coming in at 6am instead of 4am each day made a big difference to our team; not only on a daily basis but by not being exhausted at the end of the turnaround. TAPS saved 600 grueling hours.”

-Ken Admire, Lead Planner/Scheduler

Case Study: EP-dashboard - Suncor and Thales

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Client Overview

Suncor Energy is a Canadian integrated energy company based in Calgary, Alberta. It specializes in production of synthetic crude from oil sands. Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets.


  • Suncor wanted good technology for their turnaround reporting and for S-curve reporting. They were also having to hire a full-time employee just to work on charts in Excel, and it was wasting both time and money.

  • A few years ago, Thales was struggling with graphics and other, similar charting issues to Suncor. Creating their graphics in Excel was taking a lot of time, and they were struggling with limited visibility into their data.

  • Suncor already had chart types, so in implementing EP-dashboard, we had to change our charts in dashboard to match the coding that Suncor uses.


  • Better visibility as to where things were going wrong, really helped them understand their progress Set it up for two turnarounds in a row because they liked it so much they wanted it for the second turnaround

  • Greater visibility - now they could analyze workback and understand backlog vs. availability, and could see how much work they had currently and, subsequently, how much they could feasibly take on.

From Our Customer

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-Major Canadian Oil Producer