Modular Engineering Solutions

Modularisation
 

Reducing Costs & Duration of Projects

Modularisation

Modularisation has been a common technique used in process plant projects over the last few decades and Bilfinger UK have experience of designing for modularisation and then supporting our workshop colleagues in delivering those projects in total supply.

The aims of modularisation are to reduce the number of interfaces, the total installed cost and overall schedule length of a project. It can also provide health and safety benefits in reducing site working in hazardous conditions. In contrast with conventional field-constructed (stick-built) projects, modularisation splits a unit into parts so-called 'modules' to be prefabricated in an offsite workshop and assembled later onsite on a pre-laid foundation.

 

Designing & Transporting Modules

Designing modules means focussing the design team at a package level and designing within predetermined spatial limits.

Issues around constructability and maintainability are areas of key focus as it is considered how the module is built, transported and lifted, which will usually include change of axis, not encountered with conventional build. This increases the requirements for steelwork design which needs review to ensure that it doesn’t lead to later maintenance issues.

Consideration of transportation is important, as this usually defines the size of the module and can lead to significant design challenges, which are addressed along with the options for special transportation, where we work with specialist logistic companies.

     

Using 3D Modelling & VR for Modularisation

The used of 3D modelling and then review using the model and in some cases virtual reality ensure that we can deliver practical and workable designs.

 

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