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Shell Olympus Mars B Living Quarters Module

Olympus loadingWhen Shell first encountered hydrocarbons in the Mars basin in 1989, it was one of the Gulf's largest discoveries to date. The Olympus platform, built to manage the work at this basin, builds on a history of pace setting projects that has made Shell one of the largest oil producers in the Gulf of Mexico.

The platform, completed in 2013, is now home to 192 people in its living quarters. This living quarters module, with its Architectural Outfitting completed by Broadmoor, incorporates a control room and an emergency-response center as well, though its design features have significantly minimized safety risks to those personnel.

In a pilot program that represents an industry first, the entire project team introduced 4D plant design management software (PDMS) to the topsides construction project. This system links the commonly used 3D PDMS to construction activities, providing a color-coded visual representation that displays the progression of construction over time on an iPad and makes it easier for the site project team to monitor construction progress.

This new platform is expected to extend the productivity of the Mars field to at least 2050, and the living quarters module was constructed with that lifespan in mind.

Owner: Royal Dutch Shell

Architect: Shell Engineering

Contract Value: $45,300,000

Size: 192-beds

Services: General Contractor, Architectural Outfitting


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