In the mid-nineties, Fluor used photogrammetry to survey existing equipment by computer scanning digital photographs to create accurate 3D computer models of existing platform facilities. These models were imported into Plant Design System (PDS) software, allowing designers to work on screen to fit new components exactly with existing equipment.
The Flounder Additional Drilling Project was to provide facilities to enable a drilling rig to be placed onto a Bass Strait oil platform so a dozen new wells could be drilled. Fluor provided design engineering, procurement and construction for the new facilities, modifications and structural strengthening.
Fluor's second major Bass Strait project in the mid-nineties added topsides facilities to an existing Bass Strait platform creating a host platform to draw oil from the nearby Blackback reservoir. Three sub-sea wells were drilled and a sub-sea production system installed in 395 metres of water, the deepest production wells in Australian waters at the time. Fluor provided engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services for the three sub-sea wells, a 200-millimetre insulated production pipeline, a gas lift line, an integrated sub-sea control system and host facilities and equipment on the platform. Fluor expanded its services to include pre-commissioning of the facilities and training the client's operating staff to run the new facility.