While modularization is not new, the level of achievable offsite work has significantly increased using the 3rd
Gen Modular Execution strategy. This execution model splits the project into process blocks and moves into designing modules that then drives the plot plan. Substantial advantages gained from using a 3rd
Gen Modular Execution approach include:
- Reducing some bulk material quantities through a more compact plant layout realized by synergizing equipment and implementing a distributed controls philosophy,
- Maximum transfer of labor hours from a low-efficiency and high-cost field environment to higher-efficiency and lower-cost module fabrication yards,
- Reducing the time required and risk involved with completing this work on site, and
- Significantly reducing the footprint required for the facility thus benefitting the capital cost and environmental effect of the project.
In 2015, the Edison AwardsTM selected Fluor's 3rd Gen Modular Execution as the Bronze Award winner for innovation. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison's persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity, and ingenuity around four criteria: concept, value, delivery, and impact.
The Construction Owners Association (COAA) of Alberta named Fluor the 2016 Best Practices Award winner for the company's innovative approach to modularization with the use of 3rd Gen Modular Execution on the Shell Quest project. COAA Best Practices awards annually recognize companies that provide outstanding leadership in developing, implementing, and improving industry best practices.
Modular execution can offer a shorter construction schedule, better quality control at a lower cost, and greater opportunities for completing the project on time. It can also result in significant capital cost savings when at least some of the following project conditions exist:
- Remote Site Location
- Adverse weather conditions
- Short supply of local skilled craft labor
- Short supply of construction equipment and small tools
- Greater labor efficiency or lower labor rates available at an outside fabrication yard
- Suitable transportation, receiving, and handling facilities available for modules.
Gen Modular Execution approach may not be applicable to all projects, but when fully implemented, Clients benefit through reduced quantities, productivity gains for work shifted to shop, and reduced costs for field labor. The 3rd
Gen Modular Execution technology saves Clients time and money.