crane lowering Shell Olympus Mars B Platform

Olympus Mars Living Quarters

Client: Royal Dutch Shell

Architect: Shell Engineering

Date of Completion: 2013

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 have made Shell one of the largest oil producers in the Gulf of Mexico. The platform, completed in 2013, is now home to 192 employees.  This living quarters module, with its architectural outfitting completed by Broadmoor, incorporates a control room and an emergency-response center.  A key factor in designing the space was to ensure there were significantly minimized safety risks to all personnel. In a pilot program that represents an industry first, the entire project team introduced a 4D plant design management software (PDMS) to the 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.  This technology makes it easier for the site project team to monitor construction progress, and illustrate to the client all phases of construction.