Pioneering Spirit, Vlissingen North Sea

Project facts

Description Pioneering Spirit, Vlissingen
Client Volker Staal en Funderingen
Challenge Short turnaround time

To test the lift system of the Pioneering Spirit, the largest offshore construction ship in the world, owned by Allseas, Volker Staal and Funderingen designed a special test frame. The engineering department of BRAND came up with ingenious access solutions for this project which accelerated the turnaround time.

The turnaround times for a range of welding and positioning actions in modifying the test frames (approx. 55 m high in two sections) were very short.

Prefab scaffolding
BRAND designed and calculated prefab liftable scaffolding for these activities. This scaffolding was then constructed and stored precisely in accordance with the drawings. When this prefab scaffolding was lifted into place, they were first anchored to the structure by a cherry-picker, providing direct, safe access to the  scaffolding so that the scaffolding operatives could dismantle the scaffolding further if required.

In the engineering phase, BRAND worked from the space available in the different phases and the positions of the uprights, enabling scaffolding to be separated precisely at a given point so it could be re-engineered for a subsequent phase.

BRAND developed efficient solutions with the client, exchanging information quickly such as accurate construction drawings (AutoCAD), and clear information on the work to be performed ensured perfect preparations and even better results, so the project could be completed as fast as possible and to the client’s complete satisfaction.


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