Home Health Case Studies in Maintenance and Reliability: A Wealth of Best Practices
Painting Contract Stratagy
...Enumerate a few basic principles and then permit great amounts of autonomy. People support what they create.
Margaret J Wheatley, Writer and Management Consultant.
Author: V. Narayan
Location: 2.2.1 Liquefied Natural Gas Plant * 1
Paint work on several structures, vessels, and pipelines in the plant had started degrading even at the time of commissioning and hand-over. The main contractor obtained a release from his painting repair obligations by agreeing to a lump sum settlement.
The technical issues of selecting the right paint, surface preparation, coating thickness, etc., were manageable. It was more difficult to award watertight contracts that would guarantee an acceptable coating life and were legally enforceable. The prevailing practice was to micromanage the painting contractors by providing detailed specifications on surface preparation, paint application, and quality control, followed by close supervision from the company. We supplied the paints, but this led to a situation where the contractor would blame the paint quality and the paint vendor would blame the application quality.
We identified three levels of scope of painting work, as follows:
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