When 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
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.
Architect: Shell Engineering
Contract Value: $45,300,000
Services: General Contractor, Architectural Outfitting