The recent slowdown in the oil and gas markets has had an unexpected positive consequence. Faced with a tough environment, owners are reviewing facilities with an eye to consolidation that has short-term and long-term benefits.
Reducing facility footprint typically begins with eliminating duplication in utilities, services, management and other operating expenses. But new opportunities emerge when consolidation extends to processes. Energy Architecture has developed significant efficiencies in industrial work shops, especially in the oilfield. Our deep industry experience undergirds these projects, as we work with clients to establish both facility and operational consolidation.
Transaction space for repairing one 40’ tool might accommodate as many as eight tools, a significant gain in facility efficiency. One door, strategically located, can mean moving tools out of the process at the right time, eliminating a storage area and a batching problem during workflow.
Inventory storage: We’ve found that the footprint for inventory storage can be reduced by 25%-40% against separate areas, by combining different inventories, saving circulation and transaction space. Grouping inventories also offers new flexibility with storage under the same roof, as one inventory grows and another is reduced. That’s not just on shelves —consolidation works in outdoor paved storage areas for containers, cable, and tools. High-pile and automated storage becomes a viable option when 10,000 items, rather than 1,000, are stored in one place.
Offices and locker rooms: Collocation offers the benefit of shared access and circulation. Support spaces like conference and training rooms become more efficient. If three separate groups needed a total of three conference rooms, but utilized them 60% of the time, the same three groups need only two conference rooms if the offices are in close proximity.
Combined space for operational efficiency: When several groups must wash tools prior to repair, adjacent wash areas save plumbing costs. But EA has determined in some cases that all the tools could be washed in one space. Our knowledge of industry processes leads to questions and recommendations on the size of crews, how tools are received, and management of truck and forklift trips for improved site traffic and safety.
Doing more in less space is the goal of many oil and gas work shops today. EA has had the privilege of providing technical building solutions that help owners achieve that goal.