Blast-resistant modular buildings are becoming standard units in hazardous area operations. Offering a high level of protection, they are replacing traditional buildings while offering a shorter construction time at a lower cost. However, with this relatively new blast protection technology we receive a lot of questions regarding practical applications of incorporating these hardened, life-saving structures within refinery and petrochemical site operations. Actually, most of our customers are surprised at how simple this really is.
Step one: Site study
It all begins with a site study, during which engineers help you determine the probabilities of a blast event in various locations at your facility or other site. During this study, they predict possible blast pressures and durations, as well as paths including potential hazards for toxic gases, fire, and flying debris for the locations under examination.
Step two: Needs definition
Following the site study, you will need to define your operational requirements for each location. Some site locations will require blast protection for people. For this, you will have two options: temporarily renting the units (our LeaseFleet modular buildings are for temporary use and are suitable for use during turnarounds) or purchasing permanent buildings (like our SafetySuite blast-resistant modular buildings with bespoke designs). Rented units can serve various purposes and needs, from office space to guard shacks, while custom built ones allow for more flexibility. SafetySuite buildings allow you to develop a bespoke solution in line with your operational, aesthetic and other requirements, as well as response levels and blast resistance ratings.
Step three: From concept to design
Based on the concept outline, RedGuard Specialist Services develops a proposal including specific floor plans, interior amenities, technical recommendations, and initial cost estimates. Your team then evaluates our proposal and provides eventual revisions and other special requests. Throughout a back and forth process, the plan evolves, which assures the right combination of form and function, including blast protection. Once all of your requirements are met, we provide an accurate price and timeframe in the final proposal.
Step four: Structural drafting and analysis
Following the receipt of your purchase order, we draft structural plans for your blast-resistant modular buildings, after that our team of engineers performs the final blast protection analysis on all structural and interior components.
Step five: Manufacturing/site preparation
Most of the manufacturing process for your new blast-resistant modular buildings will take place at our facilities. This means that while the buildings are being built, your team can simultaneously prepare the site, including pouring concrete and setting up gas, water, sewer, electrical and communications connections. Following our quality inspections, certifications and testing, the modular buildings are ready for delivery.
Step six: Delivery
Once completed and approved, the blast-resistant modular buildings are transported to your site. We will work with your team to ensure the delivery process is fast and logistically efficient. On site, our ServiceTeam will assist in joining the various sections of the blast-resistant buildings and finalising the interiors. Once your team hooks up all the connections, we will inspect and commission the building to ensure that everything is working well before handing over the keys.
The manufacturing of blast-resistant modular buildings is simple, fast, and can be lower in cost while more flexible than traditional building construction. In addition to better protecting your people and assets, blast-resistant modular buildings simply make more sense.