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Process Vessel Platform

SPEC provided 3D scanning technologies, detailed engineering design services, fabrication, installation, and construction oversight of a vessel access platform structure for a pharmaceutical client. The vessel, which was located within a process clean room, required a stairway and platform for access to the top of the vessel. The design included a permanent sleeve to anchor a mobile confined space hoist system, allowing personnel to safely enter the vessel for inspections and other vessel maintenance. SPEC utilized an in-house 3D laser scanner to accurately model the existing area of the proposed structure. SPEC’s structural and civil engineering team utilized the 3D model to design the platform within the space limitations of existing process equipment and piping. Calculations and construction drawings were prepared for the structural steel considering OSHA and IBC regulations for platform design loading and fall protection. SPEC secured and awarded the fabrication and installation of the platform and stair system to a local contractor and provided oversight for the field construction services associated with the installation. SPEC coordinated the project installation schedule directly with the Client and the contractor to coincide with an already scheduled brief shut down period for the process area.  The structure was prefabricated off-site in sections sized for transport within the process buildings. On-site work was limited to the erection and connection of the prefabricated segments to reduce the installation time within the shutdown period. SPEC personnel completed site specific safety orientation to gain badge access to restricted clean rooms to complete the work scope. Final walk-downs with the client of the installed platform davit systems were conducted to obtain acceptance of the finished product prior to releasing the construction contractor from service.  SPEC maintained and provided record drawings for the work.

Services Provided: Process Management and Design, Civil/Structural Engineering, Design and Drafting, Scanning & 3D Modeling, Safety, Construction Management

Client: Pharmaceutical Company

Project Location: Northeast, USA

Davit Program

SPEC provided Engineering Design Services as well as fabrication, installation and construction oversight of vessel entry and retrieval platform davit hoist systems for ten existing vessels within a pharmaceutical process area. SPEC’s civil and structural engineers designed and prepared construction drawings for the prefabricated davit arm connection and anchorage to the supporting platform steel considering OSHA’s regulations for fall protection and fall arrest load ratings. SPEC secured and awarded the fabrication and installation of the davit anchorage and structural platform modifications to a local contractor, and SPEC provided oversight for the field construction services associated with the installation. SPEC personnel completed site specific safety orientation to gain badge access to restricted clean rooms to complete the work scope. Final walk-downs with the client of the installed platform davit systems were conducted to obtain acceptance of the finished product prior to releasing the construction contractor from service.  SPEC maintained and provided record drawings for the work.

Services Provided: Project Management and Design, Civil/Structural Engineering, Design and Drafting, Safety, Construction Management

Client: Pharmaceutical Company

Project Location: Northeast, USA

Tote Stability Analysis

SPEC provided engineering services for a stability study of a new 500-liter polypropylene tote used to store and transport materials within a clean room area for a Pharmaceutical company. The work relied heavily on SPEC’s previous experience with the Client and knowledge of the facility operations. SPEC conducted an analysis of the tote using the known geometry (dimensions, empty weight, caster locations, etc.) and conservative assumptions for any unknowns (such as the center of gravity locations) as it relates to the overturning stability during operation and storage. Both the empty and full cart scenarios were considered. The maximum safe force that can be applied to the tote without tipping it over was calculated, representing the condition of the tote being bumped into accidently during storage with the caster’s locked. The movement of the tote around a curve (caster’s unlocked) was considered the governing transport condition and the maximum safe velocity was determined. SPEC also considered a collision scenario where the leading caster’s hit an obstacle. The maximum safe velocity was calculated for this condition to prevent tipping of the cart. SPEC provided a report that defined the parameters of the analysis and the conditions required to maintain the stability of the tote. The report was reviewed with the client and SPEC provided recommendations for safe and stable operations.

Services Provided: Civil/Structural Engineering, Safety

Client: Pharmaceutical Company

Project Location: Northeast, USA

Gasoline Additive System Installation Across US Terminals

SPEC provided project development, engineering, permitting, drafting, procurement support, and construction support for the additive of a new customer gasoline additive injection system at 17 distribution terminals across the United States. SPEC’s tasks included assisting in the definition of the overall project scope, permitting, modification of existing additive systems, installation of new additive systems (i.e. injectors, pumps, injection points, piping, tubing, etc.), and design and installation of new additive tanks. SPEC design and project scope allowed for distribution terminals to handle roll out of new gasoline additive across the United States.

Services Provided: Project Development, Engineering, Design, Procurement, Permitting, Construction Support

Client: Major Oil Company

Project Location: 17 Terminals AcrossUSA

Project Length: Two years

SPEC Project Team Size: 15

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Guam & CNMI

SPEC completes EPC contract for terminal engineering services in the west pacific islands of Guam & CNMI

Baltimore, MD

SPEC staff receive safety award for over 50,000 hours of on site project completed without a reportable/recordable injury.