It is always a great challenge to imagine how thing will be, when the only thing you have to go by are drawings and functional descriptions, which for the most part are separated into individual systems and trades. This can create a race for space for equipment, cables and pipes, adding to it all the Norwegian working environment requirements for access, sometimes making the world’s biggest jack-up too small.
And as if this visualization is tough for us who have seen and been on a jack-up before, imagine the hurdle it would be for a shack of welders building panels and blocks for our accommodation. How does one overcome this challenge? – “Why not build a model of the finished product? - One of the foremen thought, building all the blocks to scale, even using extra cardboard to simulate the thicker plates and helping to determine the best way to lift the different decks into place. This of course helped motivate and engage the workers towards the goal.