Topside Engineering on the SPP Piranema FPSO
Rambøll Future as
The SSP300 Piranema, a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel, will be situated off the coast of Brazil. Most FPSOs are built
like tankers, but the 64-meter diameter, circular
SSP300 is a new concept. It is being designed in
Norway, and the hull is being constructed in
China and shipped to Holland—where it will be
assembled and connected to the topside process
and utility systems. The complete FPSO will be
towed to the field.
Rambøll Future finds a 3D multidisciplinary CAD
system essential in all phases of a topside engineering project. In the concept phase, the model
is used for space allocation and presentations. In
the engineering phase, all engineering and clash
detection is done in the model by the area disciplines (piping, structural, and so on). The system
disciplines (process, safety, HMS, and so on)
review the model in Bentley Explorer to verify the
design. When the design is approved, the
necessary drawings, isometrics, and reports are
extracted from the model.
In general, Rambøll Future feels that the time savings are enormous using a 3D model, and the
quality of the design is much better due to clash
detection and review capabilities. ;
PLANT MULTIDISCIPLINE ENGINEERING
MMPA Combined Cycle Addition
Stanley Consultants, Inc.
Stanley Consultants provided engineering and
design services for a 100-megawatt combined
cycle expansion to a 150-megawatt simple cycle
Frame 7FA power generation facility. The 250-
megawatt Faribault Energy Park, which is owned
by the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, is
located adjacent to Faribault, Minnesota. The
cost of the project is in excess of $100 million.
Stanley Consultants used Bentley software to create the 3D model for collaborative design coordination among the various disciplines. The software was also used to incorporate client preferences, review for multidisciplinary interferences,
and for material procurement/management.
The project team consisted of groups of engineers
and designers, divided by discipline and located
in multiple offices across the country. The mechan-
ical, electrical, and structural engineering and
design was performed in Stanley Consultants'
Denver, Colorado, office; all civil and site work
was performed in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the
architectural package was prepared in Muscatine,
Iowa. The ability to work in a shared model, in
real time, allowed Stanley Consultants to target each
engineering discipline's needs by assigning its
most experienced personnel no matter where they
were located geographically. ;