Bulk factor method estimates FPSO topsides weight

Bulk factors, used successfully for weight estimating and weight control for numerous offshore fixed installations and onshore modularization projects, can also be applied, in conjunction with a database, for estimating the topsides weight of floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSOs) vessels.Establishing an accurate estimate of the topsides weight, as early as possible, is critical in controlling costs and schedules for building these facilities.Topsides weight estimatesTopsides weight broken down into discipline areas is fundamental for detailed cost estimates. The dry weight is used as a basis for determining loadout, lifting, and operating weights, while operating weight, wi...

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