Modular Building Institute

12 x 60 Wellsite

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Northgate Industries Ltd.
Edmonton, Alberta
Building Use:
Self Contained Living Quarters
Gross Size of Project:
720 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Major oil and gas producers have demands for accommodations that are constructed with the ability to act as an all in one operations center for two on remote site locations. The geologists, engineers and operators that utilize the module require complete and full services in areas not serviced by any utility. Each office and sleeping area are totally self-sufficient and includes hard wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, residential plumbing fixtures and furnishings coupled with a completely functional office environment. Consideration for the mobility of the module is critical in the design stage as the modules usually moves often days in extreme conditions; both weather and road conditions. The building protocol requires the steel framework, floor, wall and roof framing systems to act in unison with the mechanical, electrical and architectural components so the outcome is one integral system.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The function of the wellsite is to provide live communication from any drilling location to head office. The distance can be formidable. The module is complete with satellite and radio communication that is integrated in the factory prior to shipment and provides high speed communication in any location. Oil and gas producers operate in extreme isolation and extreme weather conditions. The lack of access to basic utility services is problematic and is combated by equipping the module with self contained water and LPG fuel storage systems via compact tanks that are readily accessible once the need to replenish arrives.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The provision for the design required two complete operating office and living areas and facilities allow for operation and communication with home office. The self contained heating, domestic water and electrical systems alleviate the need for remote utility connections that are fiscally irresponsible. The allowance is for an average fourteen day utility usage before replenishing. The fourteen day duration is achieved utilizing 90% efficient sealed combustion furnaces and 80% efficient direct vent hot water tanks. The LPG heating and plumbing system ease the strain on the power generation thus reducing the need for frequent diesel fuel storage.
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