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Trimble aids Aibel in Norwegian oil field

Steve Rogerson
April 16, 2019

Norwegian service company Aibel has selected Trimble's Tekla Structures building information modelling (BIM) software for the Johan Sverdrup P2 oil field construction project.
Aibel is a supplier of engineering, construction and maintenance services for the oil, gas and renewable energy industries. Johan Sverdrup P2 is one of the largest projects on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Aibel evaluated and performed a proof of concept of Tekla Structures and several other BIM offerings for structural design and detailing. Critical to the selection were interoperability and integration with offshore design software, cross-team global collaboration, domain expertise and ability to generate highly detailed shop drawings automatically.
"We take the selection of technology partners seriously," said Charles Halaas, IT manager for field development and offshore wind. “Throughout our evaluation, Tekla Structures exceeded our expectations with a solution that accelerates our workflows and makes it easy for teams across multiple locations to collaborate. The Johan Sverdrup P2 project is the largest project in our company's history and Tekla Structures will play a key role in our success by enabling our teams to create constructible, data-rich models with a high level of development, eliminate manual work, and carry out structural design and detailing more efficiently and productively."
With the help of domain expertise from both Trimble and its reseller EDR Medeso in Norway, Aibel created a workflow using Tekla Structures. The workflow integrates with the company's existing plant design management system to cut preparation time for more than 15,000 structural drawings the company is producing for the project.
Working with the plant design management system and Tekla Structures for weld detailing, Aibel can use construction data that have the level of development needed to automate the fabrication process for better accuracy and time savings. Using the Tekla model sharing collaboration tool, Aibel can empower distributed teams in Norway, Singapore and Thailand to work together on design and production projects.
Trimble's Tekla software is for BIM, structural engineering and steel fabrication management. The software is at the heart of the design and construction workflow, building on the free flow of information, constructible models and collaboration.
Aibel is a service company within the oil and gas industry and is established in renewable energy. The company’s 4000 employees in Norway and abroad are engaged onshore and offshore. With seven locations in Norway, the company is located near the customers. It is also located in Thailand and Singapore.
Since 1986, EDR Medeso has provided the market with tools for product simulation and BIM. It also offers support, training and consulting services for these tools.