Despite the widespread use of Blast-Resistant Buildings, many companies in the industry have not yet utilised modular building solutions during projects or outages. Instead, they temporarily move their operations outside the facility and transport workers in and out.
Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of Blast-Resistant Modular Buildings in refineries and chemical plants, primarily due to the wide range of benefits. Furthermore, both permanent and temporary use of Blast-Resistant Buildings has proven to be efficient, cost-effective, and reliable in the oil and gas industry.
What you need to know before renting Blast-Resistant Buildings
The following list can help you get started in leveraging the advantages of Blast-Resistant Modular Buildings on site. You can use this list to provide relevant information to your supplier, which will set up an excellent opportunity to prepare an accurate quotation, as well as help you identify potential obstacles and plan around them.
1. Understand your needs
Blast-Resistant Modular Buildings are excellent structures for office spaces, equipment storage, tool sheds, cafeterias, break rooms, access control points, or security facilities. A starting point in understanding their importance is the identification of specific operations and trades, which drive improved cost-efficiency while being located in hazardous areas.
The number of users drives the quantity of Blast-Resistant Buildings required. The dimensions of such buildings vary from small 2.4m units suitable for one or two occupants to large modular complexes. On one of our turnaround projects, multiple Blast-Resistant Buildings were used on 44m by 12m foot print (around 530 sq. m.) as a cafeteria to service over one thousand occupants over five staggered 30-minute lunch breaks. Similarly, knowing your headcount will tell you the required size of the building.
For creating safe and compliant spaces, it is critical to recognise the different hazards and specify correctly the rated Blast-Resistant Buildings. Such buildings require significant data and engineering work to ensure the right structures meet or exceed the various site’s hazards.
As standard Blast-Resistant Buildings are large, you need to plan the access for truck delivery and crane offloading. Keeping this in mind, your vendor needs to understand required curfews, limits, and clearances on public roads leading to your site or facility. It is also critical to identify any overhead or width clearances in your facility.
Where space in your facility is limited, a proper layout and sequencing of the units can optimise the space. There are numerous configuration options for Blast-Resistant Building’s long, rectangular shapes. Based on the chosen configuration, it is also critical to ensure the units arrive on site in the planned order for an easier and faster installation.
Usually, Blast-Resistant Buildings require an electrical supply and communication connections for WAN or LAN networks. Some units might also require a potable water supply and waste connection. For temporary, short-term projects, power can be provided through generators or site supply, while networking into a communication network in the facility is generally straightforward. Identifying utility sources and their location represent also a critical part of the planning process.
The success or failure of a project depend on starting and ending as planned. That’s why defining proper project start and completion dates will provide certainty around costs and allow the vendor to adequately plan for Blast-Resistant Modules availability, delivery, and pickup. As the use of Blast-Resistant Modular Buildings has become more regular, high utilisation during certain times of the year can limit availability. Therefore, sharing the expected start and end dates of your project early in the planning process will provide you a greater selection and availability options.
Like for all projects, having a vision for a strong project end ensures a clean, organised completion. A successful project completion depends also on an efficient and fast mobilisation of the setup. An efficient disconnection of utilities and cleaning of the modules enable a more organised schedule of trucks for removing the units from your facility as quickly as the crane and team can safely lift, place and secure each unit.
If you require more information to understand this process in greater detail, get further insights on costs, or leverage our tools and experience as a leading Blast-Resistant Modular Buildings provider, contact a RedGuard Specialist Services representative in your area, who can support you with your upcoming project.