The Albion project handles the design of a booster compression module by AMEC to an existing platform to increase its production life. On the 1st day Dom was fairly elected as our project manager. This soon proved to be the right decision as he is showing himself to be a great leader to be revered by all. We were given a multitude of metocean data and asked to develop a number of designs for this module. We felt early on that we might be a bit out of our depth with this project (ba dum tss).
In our first week we looked at the different types of offshore structures: floating, semi-submersibles and fixed platforms. Hannah and nicholas considered the feasibility of implementing a floating spar structure to carry the module. Bill and Ling Wei looked at fixed stuctures, Dominik explored a (novel, fascinating and completely originally thought out) mono-column solution. Stephen and Edward delved into the deep by looking at the possibility of a subsea structure. One major issue within the group was deciding upon the group name. We may be known as seatech engineering, but general consensus (okay, just me) is that seateC has a much better ring to it. The 5 days were filled with brainstorming sessions in which we devised interesting ways to implement this new module. By the end of the week panic kicked in and our respectable amazing leader suggested we came in on Sunday (best idea ever). All in all this decision paid off as we blew AMEC away on Monday (#betterthanlastyear #bestin5years #thankyouDom).
The 2nd week required a comedown from the excitement of the 1st week. Realisation soon dawned that this week would consist of calculaing wave loading (Stephen), structures (Dominik and Ling Wei) geotechnical calculations (Ed and Mitesh) and extensive research into the fascinating world of scour and marine growth (Hannah). Did you know mussels and barnacles have a large impact on the drag coefficient of flow past structures, yeah. Bill has proven to be prodigee on google sketchup. We hope his technical drawings of our schemes leave AMEC gagging for more.