Modularisation strategies can reduce costs, risks - Fluor

20 March 2013 23:56  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--One of the most significant areas of risk mitigation is modularisation, an executive at an engineering firm said on Wednesday.

Fluor is currently working on roughly 20 petrochemical projects, and every one of them uses a modularisation strategy to remove work from that job site, reducing costs and risks, said Richard Meserole, vice president of operations and general manager of Fluor in Houston, Texas.

“If you can package up that work and have large volume and tonnage, you can get a lot done in Asia, source material in Asia and fabricate and ship very effectively to the United States, and you’d have a significant savings in costs,” he said during his presentation at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference.

“It’s fairly predictable, and you also mitigate the amount of craft workers that you have on the job site,” he added.

Meserole said the integrated work process can help with design and installation efficiency.

“If you look at the complexes that we’ve modularised, with today’s technology, you can really use [anything],” he said. “You’re really only constrained by the size and the location of the facility you’re building. We call them windows. What you want to be able to do is create modularisation strategies, making sure you do everything you can to help that count.”

Meserole said Fluor has built an entire site in Korea and shipped the entire job to another location and put it together.

The IHS World Petrochemical Conference runs through Thursday.

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