Site Surveys are an invaluable tool for ensuring an offshore installation or refurbishment project is completed safely, efficiently, on time, and on budget. By performing a site survey before bidding an offshore module or technical building project, the manufacturing company gains a greater understanding of the scope of work to be done. This greater understanding allows the manufacturer to provide custom solutions that address the needs of the project without any unnecessary add-ons that are often quoted to cover unknowns during the bidding process.
Armoda has utilized site surveys to help save our clients time and money on their offshore accommodation package installations and offshore asset refurbishments. In this article, we break down the site survey process for new installations and refurbishment projects, as well as the benefits a site survey provides to the client.
Site Surveys for an offshore asset begin with setting a date and time for an offshore technician to travel to the location to perform the survey. Once the technician and the client have agreed to the time and date, transportation arrangements are implemented. Transportation can include things like the technician driving to the port where the vessel is docked, hopping a ride on the supply vessel, or booking a seat on the next helicopter going to the location.
When the technician arrives at the location, they go through the necessary check-in and safety procedure meetings. Once completed, the technician will then be led to where the new installation will be placed or to the facilities that need to be refurbished. The technician will then review the space with the client and identify the scope of work required for the type of work being requested. To compile the scope of work, the technician will check:
Once the technician has completed inspecting the site, they will return to their office and begin reporting their findings. In this report, they provide the customer with:
Site surveys provide manufacturers with the information they need to give accurate, cost-effective quotes for work. This is accomplished in a few ways:
Performing a site survey allows the scope of work to be fully defined by the manufacturer before bidding. This allows for accurate bids for the customer, so they can budget for the project with greater confidence.
By developing an accurate scope of work and Bill of Materials, the site survey accounts for unseen issues that often arise when a project is started without a survey. For example, costly installation and refurbishment delays are no longer taking a three-week project out to six to eight weeks as all the equipment, material, and tools are accounted for before starting. It also allows for the plan to identify any safety concerns or hazards on-site so that the plan can be developed to mitigate those risks.
Armoda is a global supplier of modular buildings and packaging solutions for people and equipment in the oil and gas, maritime, utility, petrochemical, and defense industries. Contact us today if you have a question about the site survey process or would like to set up a site survey for an upcoming project.