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Oil gathering facility

Mukhaizna Satellite 4 gas gathering facility, Oman

Co-ordination using BIM was the key to smooth multidisciplinary design for a giant remote oil gathering station. Our client liked it so much, we were asked back for more.

ClientOccidental Mukhaizna (Oxy)
ExpertiseBuilding information modelling

Huge pipes, pumps and vessels enable the Mukhaizna Satellite 4 remote oil gathering facility in Oman to transfer up to 54,000 barrels of oil a day from remote wells to a central processing facility. We provided full engineering design.

The scale of the project dictated a multidisciplinary approach: building information modelling (BIM) allowed us to deliver a clash-free, efficient process for client Occidental Mukhaizna (Oxy). Early detection of clashes enables faster and more predictable construction by eliminating the need to resolve co-ordination issues on site.

As design progressed, the 3D model enabled our client to see how the completed scheme would look to ensure the design matched their requirements, as well as being used to train operatives.

This involved working with the client’s maintenance team to ensure there was sufficient space to maintain and replace critical items of plant. We virtually dismantled sections of the facility’s supporting structure to check clearance for cranes, required to replace larger components. Moving into construction, BIM was used to check access routes for delivery of larger items. We also used the BIM model to generate 2D construction drawings for the contractor.

The efficiency we delivered through 3D BIM modelling and the benefits offered by a BIM-led approach to whole-life asset management resulted in Oxy immediately engaging us for another multidisciplinary design project.

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