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TECHNICAL BRIEF

Float Over Installation Method—Comprehensive Comparison Between Numerical and Model Test Results

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Arcandra Tahar, John Halkyard, Atle Steen, Lyle Finn

 Technip USA, Houston, TX 77079

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 128(3), 256-262 (Feb 22, 2006) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2199556 History: Received October 08, 2004; Revised February 22, 2006

Installing a large deck onto a platform, such as a spar, using the floatover method is gaining popularity. This is because the operational cost is much lower than other methods of installation, such as modular lifts or a single piece installation by a heavy lift barge. Deck integration can be performed on land, at quay side and will not depend on a heavy lift barge. A new concept for a floatover vessel has been developed for operations in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. In this application sea state conditions are essential factors that must be considered in the Gulf of Mexico, especially for transportation. In West Africa, swell conditions will govern floatover deck (FOD) installation. Based on these two different environmental conditions, Technip Offshore, Inc. developed the FOD installation concept using semi-submersible barge type vessels. A significant amount of development work and model testing has been done on this method in recent years on spar floatover. These tests have validated our numerical methods. Another test was conducted to investigate the feasibility of a deck float-over operation onto a compliant tower for a West Africa project. The project consists of a compliant tower supporting a 25,401metricton(28,000s.ton) integrated deck. This paper will describe comparisons between model test data and numerical predictions of the compliant tower floatover operation.

Copyright © 2006 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Pontoon barge configuration

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Lashing configuration

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Spring curve for TMU

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Spring curve for BMU-small

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Spring curve for BMU-big

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Ochi-Hubble spectrum for mating 1 environment

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Ochi-Hubble spectrum for squall environment

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Density spectrum of Mating 1 wave

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Density spectrum of relative surge, premating condition with Mating 1 wave; (a) time series; (b) spectrum

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Time history and density spectrum of relative heave, premating condition with Mating 1 wave

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The statistic of premating condition

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Density spectrum of lashing tension, 0% load transfer with Mating 1 wave

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Time history of TMU 2, 0% load transfer with Mating 1 wave

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The statistic of 0% load transfer

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Density spectrum of BMU big, 85% load transfer with Mating 1 wave

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The statistic of 85% load transfer

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