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Stage by Stage: a paradigm shift in Commissioning & Completions

Friday, March 2, 2018

Written by father-and-son team, Geoff and John Todd, 'Stage by Stage' and the accompanying 'Commissioning123' website literally walk readers through every step of the preparation and implementation of Commissioning & Completions as applied to modern day project execution.

There was a time when commissioning was a casual and arbitrary process; a small team gathering toward the end of a construction project to ring a few alarm bells, turn a few motors and check off some boxes on their clipboards. The cohesion, prioritization and structured transfer of responsibility demanded today simply didn't exist.

But today, with digital technology controlling all areas of a project, 'Commissioning and Completions' has become an expected and standardised process. Unsurprisingly, the rate and efficiencies of execution have also increased dramatically.

Geoff and John Todd have been at the helm of this shift, with a combined six decades of technical and management experience on some of the world's biggest and most complex offshore projects. Their new book, 'Stage by Stage', presents a fill-in-the-blanks workflow that can be deployed on any project, making the process of commissioning and completions as structured and easy as possible.

A detailed instruction manual pertinent to the preparation and implementation of Commissioning & Completions as applied to modern day project execution. A cradle to grave guide complete with templates and flowcharts ready to be customized to suit any project environment. Stage by Stage Book 1 begins with Stage I - Preparation before progressing to Stage II - Execution and finally concluding with Stage III - Handover & Closeout. Within each of these stages the reader is presented with templates detailing the work processes & procedures to be applied along with the documentation which, when tailored to the project in question, will fulfill requirements and achieve the desired results. The intent behind Stage by Stage Book 1 was to package information, experience and expertise gained over a 40-year period on projects worldwide and to share this with anyone, novice and expert alike, to make the task of [project] Completions & Commissioning; better structured, better organised and very very straightforward.

'We wrote the book alongside the development of our new website,, which continues the book's structured approach through a huge collection of different types of instructive documents, bringing any project a greater chance of delivering to plan and expectations,' explains Geoff. 'People will quickly discover that doing something well and right isn't that hard at all. In fact, our book can be used by anyone from a complete novice to a veteran project lead or manager.'

Continuing, 'It's the same process John and I have deployed on many of our own projects. We reached and surpassed our goals, and now see it as our duty to pass this knowledge on to others. Readers will discover that commissioning and completions is far from rocket science, and that a standardised model and methodology can be applied to all of their projects. The industry has needed a resource like this for decades.'

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