Hebron Offshore Platform Living Quarters

Jim Case and six other employees of Sheppard Case Architects make up the architectural discipline within NE-AL - a partnership of North Eastern Constructors Limited (NECL) and Apply Leirvik of Norway - responsible for the design and fabrication of the Hebron Living Quarters. This is a key component of ExxonMobil's Hebron Project, and when complete, the living quarters will accommodate 220 people and weigh approximately 3400 tonnes.

Prior to working on the detailed design and fabrication, Sheppard Case developed the original (pre-FEED) Living Quarters design working with Aker Solutions in 2009.

The Living Quarters have a laundry, food services, heliport, and hospital facilities for the full complement of crew and features all the amenities that one might find on board any modern offshore production platform. These amenities include a fitness centre, games room, hobbies room, music room and a range of lounges designed for a host of activities from quiet reflection to socializing around large screen TVs.

Jim is the discipline lead and is responsible for design, document preparation, engineering coordination, planning and scheduling, reporting, procurement and vendor interface within the architectural group. In addition, NE-AL’s entire team of 3D modelers (responsible for service interference checking) is made up of multi-discipline technicians from Sheppard Case. The engineering for the Hebron Living Quarters is due to be complete in 2013.

Sheppard Case is the only architectural firm in Canada with offshore design credentials and has prepared designs for not only Living Quarters but a wide range of topsides modules specific to oil production, utilities, safety and embarkation, drilling and operations support. The firm has also been extensively involved in various offshore Development Plan Applications dealing with such topics as industrial benefits, industrial and labor capacity, diversity, etc.

Jim Case also brings the actual experience of staying on an offshore oil production platform (in the North Sea) to the project as well as having worked in or visited many of the largest offshore fabrication yards in the world.

CLIENT: ExxonMobil

SERVICES: Architect

LOCATION: Bull Arm, Newfoundland