9 Reasons to be Picky When Choosing Offshore Living Quarters Manufacturers

Published By: Gulfland Structures on November 15th, 2015

When you’re looking into offshore living quarters manufacturers, you need to carefully consider the impact the quality the manufacturer’s products will have on your bottom line. While it’s unreasonable to turn offshore living quarters into the equivalent of a 5-star hotel, low quality will hurt your bottom line—safety issues, morale issues, efficiency issues, these all add up over time.

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It’s important that you look closely at manufacturers, and find one which can handily meet the standards of comfort, safety, and efficiency your business needs to thrive.

Here are 9 reasons to be picky and choose quality when selecting an offshore living quarters manufacturer:

#1 Maintenance and upkeep

Let’s start with the most obvious trap of going cheap or apathetic in your selection of a living quarters manufacturer: long-term costs. As with anything else your company spends money on, cutting corners in selecting living quarters gets you what you pay for—cheap. And unlike many places where cheap can scrape by, living quarters are going to be well-used and well-abused by your employees, quickly unveiling weaknesses and flaws in the worst way possible.

Expect to need more maintenance, more repairs, more replacements, and more general upkeep costs over the life of low-quality quarters—a life which will be shorter than a superior manufacturer’s offerings.

#2 Energy efficiency

A better-constructed set of living quarters will provide far superior energy efficiency, which adds up to major savings for your company over the life of the structure. The difference in climate control, water usage, and other expenditures of power can vary greatly with even minor changes. The most modernized living quarter structures, such as you can expect to see from top quality manufacturers, will feature these cost-saving improvements and allow you to maintain comfortable quarters without wasting money.

#3 Employee health

When employees can’t rest well after a hard day of work, they get short on sleep. When they get short on sleep, their immune systems become compromised, and sickness runs rampant through your workers, costing your company countless man-hours and, depending on the benefits you offer, costing you increased insurance premiums and other expenses. Poor hygiene due to unpleasant or uncomfortable facilities only compound these problems. Improved quarters sidestep all of these problems.

#4 Design efficiency

Poor design can cost real money over time, due to the time wasted dealing with such inefficiencies. If keeping your quarters supplied, clean, and maintained becomes difficult due to poor design, it creates expense points and points of frustration for your workers to deal with—ultimately costing you even more money as morale plummets.

#5 Employee morale

Perhaps the most insidious problem to arise from poor quality living quarters, low employee morale manifests itself in any number of ways, all of them likely to hit your company in its bottom line. Chief among these problems is, of course, poor performance; no incentive can truly make up for substandard living quarters—even if you pay your employees well, manage them well, provide them with all the tools and supplies they need to do their jobs superbly, they’ll ultimately under-perform if they’re still suffering for their work off the clock.

#6 Employee turnover

When other problems such as health, frustration with design issues, and general morale fall, employee turnover skyrockets. This can become a major source of financial loss for any company, especially when you consider that high-value, high-competence employees will be the first to leave your company; essentially, they’ll take the skills you value them for and utilize them to find employment where they can enjoy superior living quarters. This alone makes careful consideration of your living quarters manufacturer worthwhile.

#7 Image

Facilities can serve as a form of marketing—and inferior living quarters can become a black mark against your company. Public attention to worker conditions is on the rise, and any business that doesn’t take such perceptions into account is likely to find itself on the wrong side of that attention. By installing superior living quarters in your offshore facilities, you improve your image with the public, potential and current investors, and prospective employees.

#8 As an incentive

We’ve talked about image and turnover—now consider what this means for your own hiring opportunities. When you invest in better living quarters, you gain a powerful bargaining tool in recruiting superior workers for your company. In many cases, you might find that you can get better employees with less pay, if you invest in better living quarters.

#9 Injuries

In the worst case scenario, poor living quarters can cause more than illness—they can result in injuries due to low-morale inattention, poor construction resulting in accidents, tired employee errors, etc. Nothing eats into employee morale, public image, and profits quite so quickly as an above-average injury rate at your facility. Not to mention…

#10 Liability

When something goes wrong at an isolated location under your company’s control, it’s your fault, even when it’s not. That means investing in the soundest possible quarters for your employees and taking every effort to create an environment conducive to safe, effective, accident-free living and working. It’s simply not worth the risk. So work with a manufacturer you know you can trust, and keep your liability within manageable ranges.

These aren’t the only reasons to choose wisely when selecting a manufacturer for your employees’ living quarters, but they’re more than enough to make the case: good quarters are a good investment. Bad quarters cost more in the long term than they save, every time, in maintenance, efficiency, and morale. Make a choice you and your employees can live with happily down the line.


Sources:

http://gulflandstructures.com/offshore-living-quarters-manufacturers.php

Effective Roofing Systems for a Stress-free Life

Published By: Gulfland Structures on October 28th, 2015

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When you decide to build your new home or fix your old place, you want an effective roofing system that protects people and property from the elements.

Proper installation of a roof is a science. It is not as simple as we think. For it to be done the right way, the contractor should take time to understand the unique requirements of your home and then follow the best practices possible to make sure that their work will last at least for a couple of decades.

Types of Roofing in Texas

In Texas, there is more than one kind of  roofing system as well as products that are easily available to not just residential but also commercial customers. Some of the most common roofing types in Texas are:

  • Asphalt Shingle – This is the most commonly used type of roofing. Reinforced with fiberglass, these shingles are durable and lasting. They usually last about 20 years.
  • Dimensional Roofs – Here, the shingles are layered, textured or designed to produce a 3-dimensional effect. These roofs have two layers of shingles bonded together. They offer better protection from wind and hail as compared to asphalt shingles.
  • Metal-Roofs – Metal roofs are said to be ideal for just about any kind of house, but are most effective in forested or heavy precipitation areas. Typically made of aluminum, steel or copper, these roofs will provide you with the best protection for your homes.
  • PVC – Vinyl roofing is extremely strong and forms a permanent, watertight bond that is stronger than the membrane itself. They are inherently fire resistant and thus have been found to be a safer option. Mostly having a light coloring, they provide energy efficient roofing.
  • Slate Shingles – Made of stone, these shingles are very durable and can last at least 100 years. It is more difficult to work with slate shingles because not only are they three times heavier than your single shingle, but they also break more easily. But these roofs add a certain unique beauty to the look of your home

Ensuring Roofing Installation is Done Right

If you do not know much about roofing, it makes sense for you to leave the job in the hands of professional contractors. However, knowing a few basics will always come in handy so as to make sure the job is being done well.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure you have chosen the right kind of shingles – This is of utmost importance because your roof will be put to test only when a storm hits. The most basic residential roof shingle is the 3-tab shingle which is a thin sheet made primarily of asphalt and fiberglass. It is a covering that not only looks good, but is also lightweight and affordable. If you live in a hurricane zone, an architectural shingle may serve you better. It lasts longer and can take on heavier winds than the 3-tab. So in order to get the best roofing, ask a professional. They will be able to help you equip your home in the best way possible for the weather conditions of your area.
  2. Install Proper Ventilation – Without proper ventilation, warm, moist air may get trapped inside your home and lead to a host of problems. It can cause wood to rot or even warp. Similarly, too much ventilation or ventilation that is not done properly will let too much air leave the house, making the air conditioning and heating systems less efficient.
  3. Make sure sub-surface layers are properly installed – Roofs are only partly visible on the surface. A good roofer will make sure that damaged wood is repaired, a layer of felt paper is applied and more. For the homeowner, once the shingles go on, there is no way to know whether the inside layers are done properly or not. Check watch the progress of your roof to make sure it is done with care.
  4. Follow Manufacturer Guidelines – Buying shingles with a manufacturer’s guarantee is the smart thing to do. These guarantees can cover you for years and will provide for you when you have a defective shingle. However, make sure they are installed properly as improper installation may violate some clauses that would end up making the guarantee null and void.

Check with the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas to find the perfect roofing contractor. So whether for commercial or personal roofing systems, these are the places that you should visit if you want to get a good roofing system that will give you piece of mind for the next few decades.

 

 

10 Ways Offshore Accommodation Revolutionizes Offshore Drilling Jobs

Published By: Gulfland Structures on August 31st, 2015 No Comments

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If you’ve ever lived or spent time on the Gulf Coast, you’ve probably seen an oil rig out in the Gulf at least once. These massive structures are very impressive in their own right, and you won’t forget about seeing one anytime soon. However, they are also great examples of how the oil industry makes it easier for workers to live on the rigs for long periods.

1. Built for Dozens

Running an offshore rig is a major task that requires the work of dozens of people. In fact, many rigs may require over a hundred people to keep up with production demands. These workers usually have 12-hour shifts, and, when scheduled, have 7-day availability. Because there are so many people on the rig at any given time, they must have larger, more comfortable quarters than short-term workers.

2. A Long Way from Home

You might immediately think of oil rig jobs as jobs that people in the local area take. Although many local workers enjoy the higher wages than many other jobs pay, others choose to work at rig locations that are quite a distance from their homes. This arrangement works out well because:

  • Employees usually travel by helicopter, eliminating the problems associated with other commutes
  • Rig workers can apply even if they live in areas without offshore drilling nearby
  • The higher wages and two weeks off at a time even make working at an international location easier

3. What’s Your Type?

One thing many people are unaware of when they don’t work in the oil industry is that there are many types of workers who call the rigs home during their shifts. Some of these vital workers include:

  • Geologists, who play a vital role in discovering where workers need to drill in order to find oil
  • Engineers, who are responsible for designing the rigs and implementing the equipment used in drilling
  • Divers, who manage the underwater equipment and often have specialized skills, such as welding
  • Doctors, who handle many of the same tasks as they do in routine practice and are trained in dealing with safety issues
  • Paramedics, trained in responding to emergencies and working in collaboration with the doctors
  • Food service professionals, who need to provide nutritious food to workers around the clock
  • Housekeeping staff, who must keep all the living quarters clean with people coming and going at all hours

4. Amenities, Amenities, Amenities

You might think that life on a rig doesn’t leave much time for leisure. However, because of the schedules that workers have, with rotating shifts and 2-weeks-on/2-weeks-off scheduling, employees do have downtime to enjoy. Some of the exciting things that employees have available include:

  • Cafeterias with quality food available 24 hours a day
  • Gyms and other recreational options to stay in shape while away from land
  • Saunas and Jacuzzis for relaxation in a sometimes stressful environment
  • Satellite TV access to stay up to date on the outside world
  • Private bedrooms, as well as shared rooms with bunks

There are a few things you could possibly wish for on a job that aren’t available on an oil rig with modern, well-equipped offshore accommodations.

5. Safety is Always Key

In the light of accidents that have occurred on offshore rigs, there has been a lot of attention focused on rig safety. However, because of the nature of the industry, all workers must follow carefully-crafted safety guidelines. Some of the precautions that rig workers take include:

  • Wearing protective gear like steel-toed boots, coveralls, eyewear and hard hats
  • Attending required safety training both before and during the job
  • Understanding all relevant safety measures, including adhering to policies about smoking only in designated areas, with safety matches

Even though the industry carries a fair amount of risk, workers have preparation to deal with the unexpected.

6. Conditions Keep Improving

Many people who work on rigs are quite satisfied with their living conditions. In fact, workers whose employers have invested in quality, modern offshore accommodations have likened these jobs to being on a cruise ship in terms of the amenities available. Even though the conditions are good, oil companies keep improving things for their workers on a consistent basis. Because more employees enjoy their work, there is more of a sense of community.

7. A Rare Glimpse

Because of their remote locations, inaccessibility and dangerous chemicals, it is rare for outsiders to experience life on a rig. Journalists and other writers sometimes have the opportunity to experience what goes on at the rigs, but it is a rare occurrence. When this happens, great care is taken to ensure their safety and to make sure they don’t divulge confidential information. So, even if you’re impressed by offshore rigs, don’t expect to visit one that easily.

8. Unique Structures

Although few will see rigs up close, a brief glimpse from a passing ship or aircraft demonstrates how unique these rigs are. They have much of the same machinery as ships, but on a rig, this equipment is on the outside. If you’re wondered why they have such an otherwordly appearance, this is why. All of the areas that the crew takes advantage of in their leisure time is usually inside, away from the heavy equipment.

9. Difference in Design

In addition to better living quarters, the accommodations are designed with the needs of specific jobs in mind. For example, production, operations, and drilling crew members often have a need for separate control rooms to better perform their jobs. Living quarter areas are designed with special office and control room needs in mind as well.

10. Adapt With the Times

Accommodatioms for offshore rigs are must adapt to changing needs. Some of the changes that take place in the drilling world include:

  • Hiring additional female employees for non-service positions and assuring they have private or all-female sleeping areas
  • Making sure all platforms have the latest Internet technology
  • Balancing out amenities that workers want most while away from home with what is necessary

Gulf Land Structures is the leader in high quality, customizable offshore accommodations. Learn more about our floor plans and amenities today.

 

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http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/recycled/2010/04/life_on_an_oil_rig.html

10 Considerations When Choosing Offshore Accommodation

Published By: Gulfland Structures on August 20th, 2015 No Comments

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Oil rigs are typically far removed from modern civilization, but that doesn’t mean accommodation needs to lack modern day luxury. Offshore platforms are engineering marvels, and they keep workers comfortable after a hard day’s work. Because structures are often close to dangerous machinery and subject to chaotic weather conditions, outdoor quarters need to be built with considerations towards employees’ safety. Big rigs often need to shelter 100 or more people, and every one of them deserves to enjoy the same privacy, entertainment, and luxury that they would enjoy at home.

Satellite television, hot tubs, and recreation rooms are the perfect motivators. They improve staff morale, which affects not only the time efficiency of their work but also the security of rigs. Relaxed, well-rested workers are safer workers.

1) Queen-Sized or Cramped

The type of oil rig you’re running determines the kind of living quarters you can afford to provide. After all, space is not always kind to workers. There are times when employees are forced to exist in cramped quarters because conditions don’t allow for more.

2) Cuisine, the All Important Amenity

Regardless of whether you need to provide a barracks or a floating hotel, delicious cuisine is typical of most rigs. Because workers are laboring in tough climates, they need something to look forward to at the end of the day, and a delectable dinner is exactly that. Not to mention the need for great nutrition to replenish hard-working bodies.

In small accommodations, employees have little distraction so try to kit out a proper kitchen. You needn’t take up valuable living space to do so: deck space is adequate for this purpose. Modular quarters save room without sacrificing too much comfort, and they certainly clear away plenty of horizontal space for kitchen appliances. The last thing you need is for your entire crew to come down with food poisoning, so the hygiene standards of your materials must be excellent.

3) Noise

A rig’s noise never lets up, and while a rare few workers might get used to it, the rotating shifts are difficult to sleep through. It’s imperative that workers get a full night’s rest because sleep deprivation diminishes concentration. This poses very real dangers for those working with heavy machinery. Sound proofing performs two tasks in this sense—well-chosen materials keep temperatures stable while muffling outside sounds. The kind of ventilation you choose will also affect whether you introduce unnecessary noise to your living quarters.

4) Extreme Temperatures

Climates and ocean currents often subject living quarters to sub-zero temperatures that not only make living quarters uncomfortable but also place undue stress on the pipes and metals that make up accommodation. The heat of the rig itself may affect living quarters, too, so high-quality insulation is a must. Salt water corrodes some materials faster than others, which is why marine grade metals are imperative. An existing rig can be upgraded to refurbish pressurized pipes and blocks.

5) Mother Nature’s Wrath

Some rigs are exposed to sea and weather conditions that are far more harrowing than others. They must stay afloat despite massive swells. You need to prepare for the worst storms, but you needn’t provide luxury amenities to do so. Regulations guide your safety measures, so you need a company that’s knowledgeable enough to satisfy those standards.

6) Fire

It’s common for crews to become a bit lax about fire safety. One way to make up for your crew’s mistakes is to build an extraordinarily stable structure with a detection system. A network of cooling and suppression pipes prevents tragedies. Sensitive smoke, flame, gas, and heat detectors are all needed to signal problems before they turn into catastrophes because rigs draw hugely flammable chemicals from the earth. Accommodation standards vary according to class, and newer, higher quality materials cut back on spark potential and fire safety risks. If you’re building accommodation on a floating vessel, you need a creative team of engineers to develop fire safety techniques that make up for the limitations of this design.

7) Refurbishment, Extra Modules, or New Quarters?

Your existing accommodation can sometimes be upgraded if your barracks are in keeping with the latest regulations. Some refurbishment can update your safety features adequately, which will help you when operational downtime needs to be kept to a minimum.

8) Luxury or a Hard-Knock Life?

These days, it’s perfectly possible to build offshore accommodation that has all the luxury of a cruise ship. As long as you have enough space, you’re free to add recreational facilities, satellite television, and even private rooms for your staff. Your workers’ morale will be well worth the extra investment—and it is an investment rather than an expense, given that it will improve productivity and safety significantly. Happy workers are hard workers. Some rigs allow entire families to move into accommodations, and in this case, recreational space and privacy are even more crucial. You will secure the best staff easily if your living quarters include some comfortable extras like hot tubs, email, and gyms.

9) Distance From Shore

If your rig is far from the shore, doctors, geologists, and engineers are equally distant, which means you need to cater for them yourself. Since workers exist offshore for weeks on end, they need a team that can take care of their every need. The rig itself also needs divers and fire safety officers. The last thing you should skimp on is a full safety team, which means you either need larger accommodation or a more modular space-saving design.

10) Far from Home

Your location and the home country of your workers need to be considered because workers tend to prefer staying on site for far longer than is the norm if they need to travel far from home. The greater the distance, the more homely your accommodation needs to be. Industry specialists believe that one day, engineers will be able to design entire cities on the sea, but for the moment, you can only work toward a higher standard of living. Wifi and excellent telephone lines keep workers in touch with their loved ones. Inferior systems used to cut calls off after five minutes, and spouses were cut off from their families. That’s no longer the case. The inability to keep up with world news and friends’ lives puts undue pressure on teams that are working a full month at a time or until job completion. If you plan on adding an extra layer of entertainment to your rig, it can even be designed to offer a direct route to islands.

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Living quarters offshore–can’t ask for more

Published By: Gulfland Structures on August 11th, 2015 No Comments

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When most people think of living on an oil rig for several weeks or months at a time, they envision rough and dirty man caves in various places on a large, noisy and bobbing oil rig in mid-ocean. Most people are quite wrong.

Comfort and Down-Time Enhance Efficiency

Oil rig companies know very well that the comfort of their crews and down-time–enabling complete relaxation in sleep and comfortable dining galleys–all  contribute heavily to the crew’s efficiency. Psychologists have authored books on the merits of relaxation and creature comforts when working stressful jobs under dangerous conditions.  Efficiency experts have contributed their work analysis on this need as well.  The companies agree and pay for excellent accommodations for crew members individually, and as a group.

Time is money in the oil rig business, perhaps more so than in any other industry. It is therefore creditable that the major companies invest in their workers not only by wages but by excellent, comfortable living quarters offshore.  Some workers live on the offshore rigs more than they live in their onshore homes, and this should be paramount in the designing and furnishing of offshore living spaces. It is this factor that molds Gulf Land Structures into the highest-quality offshore living quarters available in the industry.

Efficiency Enhances Safety

Efficiency means much more than a profitable bottom line.  The efficiency contributes to the safety record of any industry and it is paramount in oil rigging. Lives can be lost quickly on an oil rig if safety regulations are not ingrained into every operation. The workers may work extremely longs shifts under great pressure constraints and with dangerous chemicals and gasses.

Studies by all nations manning oil rigs offshore and the companies operating them have proven that down-time is essential to minimize injuries and accidents.  Restful sleep in comfortable accommodations is also listed as an essential. Gulf Land Structures also considered studies of the most comfortable sleeping arrangements, dining areas and recreational rooms before creating their selections of worker living quarters. Workers enjoying living quarters offshore that were personal, comfortable and attractive as well as utilitarian proved to be a safety enhance

Overall, the three most common types of accident/injury which could be attributed to being overly tired, rushed or without down-time were:

  • manual handling and lifting duties
  • electrical incidents
  • trips, slips, and falls

Some of the most common injuries were:

  • sprains and strains
  • back injury
  • head injury
  • neck injury
  • repetitive strain injury

Living quarters offshore have become very comfortable over the past decade when Gulf Land Structures first launched and quickly climbed to the top in the building of offshore living arrangements that provide a home away from home for the workers.

Necessities in Offshore Living Units

Gulf Land Structures has requirements for eco-friendly and hygienic living accommodations for offshore workers beyond their actual rooms and dining areas, including:

  • HVAC-R
  • carpentry
  • asbestos elimination
  • mold elmination
  • plumbing services

Gulf Land Structures offers sound-proof sleeping areas that induce relaxation and sleep comfort. The common recreation areas are built for the ultimate in relaxation activities and morale building. Dining areas are pleasant, hygienic and comfortable.

CEO Former Custom Home Developer

Gerald R. Gossen, CEO of Gulf Land Structures, devoted the first half of his career building elegant custom homes in Louisiana, his home state and home of Gulf Land Structures. His background expertise has enabled him to take the company to the top of the authoritative list in developing and constructing attractive, comfortable and convenient living arrangements on offshore sites, where the workers had previously lived in fairly primitive utilitarian units.  Under his management, Gulf Land Structures designed and built the living areas that have become the benchmark for offshore living.

Gulf Land Structures leads the industry for developing attractive and comfortable quarters for the workers to relax, sleep, eat and enjoy entertainment such as television or films. Some companies even provide a spa for their employees to relax and recuperate from long shifts and arduous duties.

Gulf Land Structures Offers Options

When dealing with Gulf Land Structures, clients can customize their orders down to the details,

  • Whether you are interested in building modern, updated shower facilities, attractive  recreational areas, attractive dining areas or complete individual living accommodations, Gulf  Land Structures is the top and only company to contact.  If you wish to rehab your existing areas with a modern decor, furnishings and equipment, our workers can deliver!
  • Without causing a stalling of any of your business procedures, we can enter and make reparations or renovations seamlessly. We can estimate all-inclusive quotes for  projects from start to finish. Whether you have an outdated unit that needs a major upgrade, or you want to give an existing unit a new, innovative design, we have the most efficient solution for your project.  We also have the most affordable solutions.

Keep in mind…

The oil rig business is a rough one.  The workers who risk their lives performing their duties on the oil and gas rigs deserve at the very least the fundamentals of society: clean, comfortable areas for eating, recreation, and rooms for relaxing, undisturbed sleep.  With these fundamentals, they can be expected to perform their work expeditiously, efficiently and safely.  The long shifts the workers perform mandate that they have breaks that restore their focus and relax their minds and bodies.  The attractive, convenient and comfortable living quarters built by Gulf Land Structures give these hard working crews a new lease on life every day.

Top 10 Reasons to Work on an Offshore Oil Rig

Published By: Gulfland Structures on July 21st, 2015 No Comments

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Working on an offshore oil rig is not the same as it was many years ago. While many years ago, working on an oil rig meant living in a cabin with several other men, modern oil rigs are much more comfortable. Offshore oil rig living quarters have been upgraded and modernized. While personnel that live and work onboard still work a two-week-on, two-week-off schedule, they have many reasons to love working there. During their stay, workers get almost all of the comforts of home. The only thing that they are really missing is the ability to leave. Many oil rig employees like the fact that they can earn a good living working, and don’t have anywhere to spend it while they are onboard the rig. This allows them to save money for larger purchases for their family or themselves.

Do you want to work on an oil rig? Here are the top 10 reasons that you should consider it:

1. Good Money

People who work on an offshore oil rig make good money. With a high school diploma, pay can start at about $50,000/year. Once they are trained for higher-level jobs, the pay increases. The majority of workers work a 14-day on/14-day off schedule which means they spend two weeks with their families on land, then two weeks on the oil rig. Since workers do not have anywhere to go when on the rig, they do not need to spend any money. All of their needs are provided for including food, housing, and recreation.

2. Great Food

One of the best amenities on an oil rig is the food. Companies generally try to make the oil rig life as attractive as they can by providing oil workers with excellent food. Many of the rigs hire caterers that give the workers the type of meals that will give them the energy they need to work long shifts, and food is tasty. In fact, workers have to be careful not to overeat while they are on the rig. Caterers work hard to give the workers the type of food that they want so that workers will enjoy their meals.

3. Electronics

No longer like the old days, modern oil rigs have Internet and electricity to power computers and televisions. Workers can spend off-time on the Internet investing, playing games or on YouTube. Personnel can record favorite shows, and play them back when they have time off. They can spend as much time as they want on their personal computer or tablet Skype-ing with family or just reading. Recreation rooms have large screen TVs, and some rigs have TVs in the rooms.

4. Entertainment

Living quarters do not just include bedrooms and eating areas. Workers have common rooms for entertainment such as ping pong, cards, karaoke or any other indoor activity you can imagine. Some workers play foosball and pool. While they don’t have a lot of off-time, workers spend the time they have becoming experts at the entertainment on the rig.

5. Education

Since workers often cannot get immediate help when something goes wrong, they have to step in and fix things when they do. Therefore, anyone on the rig learns a lot about what it takes to keep the oil rig running in all-weather conditions. Many rigs experience hurricanes and other harsh weather patterns on the water that workers have to continue to work 24 hours a day. Experienced oil workers can pass on a lot of information to newer employees.

6. Exercise

Many offshore oil rigs have gyms for workers to use when they are not working. Oil rig workers spend 12 hours working and 12 hours off each 24-hour period. During their off-time, many workers like to take advantage of the gym facilities to lower stress and keep in shape. Since working on the rig can be high-stress and sometimes dangerous, spending time at the gym is a good way to work that out.

7. Safety

Modern offshore oil rig quarters are built to be safe and comfortable for workers so that they can relax fully when they are not working. Living quarters are built to withstand harsh weather, heated for comfort and generally offer a locker, bed, and a shared wash basin. Many oil rigs use modular living quarters that can be replaced and refurbished easily.

8. Availability of Promotions

Since many of the workers learn their skills on the job, new workers have a great chance for promotion into higher-level jobs with better pay. Rig crews become a tight unit and learn from each other. While some workers may only spend a year or two on a rig, some workers spend their entire career on the rig. Employees can learn a lot from more experienced employees, and move up in the ranks when people leave. Anyone who is interested in mechanics, and the process of oil drilling will like the work.

9. Two Weeks Off Every Month

Working on an oil rig is no picnic, but workers have two solid weeks off each month to take care of their family, build a home or do whatever they want. Many workers spend time at home getting chores done, improving their homes or building new ones. They can travel, have another job, stay home with their kids or volunteer during the time off of the rig.

10. No Need to Move Often

Since the job is on the rig, workers can live in the same location for as long as they want to without any need to move from place to place. They can put down roots for their family, and become part of two communities — one on-land and one on the rig. Workers that spend 14 days together at a time become close and share problems and celebrations. When they are off the rig, they can spend time in their home and their local community building a connection that can last a lifetime. Most other jobs require workers to move from city to city for work and/or promotions. An oil rig worker’s family can stay in one place and establish themselves there, go to school there and make a place for themselves.

The 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Working in the Oil Industry

Published By: Gulfland Structures on June 23rd, 2015 No Comments

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Working in the oil industry is nothing short of challenging. This is one of the most important industries in the world. Even those who work in smaller organizations are still dealing with millions of dollars worth of product that is hard to get and very much in demand. If you have not done so yet, think about what it must be like for those who head out to the oil rigs each day to work in these often tough situations. The more you know about this industry, the more you’ll be impressed with the people behind it.

#1: The job is vital.

One of the first things people should know about this industry is just how vital it is. No matter who is on that rig, millions of barrels of oil are necessary to keep the country running. Mistakes, failures, and even exhaustion cannot get in the way of getting the job done. As one of the largest industries in the world, in both terms of materials produced and dollars spent on it, those working in this industry are doing a job that’s vital to the way most people live.

#2:  The days are long.

Perhaps the most intense fact for those just getting started in the industry is just how long the days are. Most people work 12-hour shifts and they will do this for seven to 21 days in a row. Generally speaking, conditions are intense, which means that this is not a desk job. These are long hours, and they tend to mean very little of a break during the shift. Many times, individuals will have a week off in between these long weeks of ongoing work before coming back to do it again.

#3: Living quarters are available nearby.

Offshore accommodation is provided to these individuals so they can eat, relax for a bit, and sleep before heading back out on the rig. Some offshore oil rig living quarters are fairly nice and designed to provide incredible space saving and relaxation options. Others are not. Depending on the circumstances, it is quite possible that individuals can upgrade and modify these facilities to match their needs.

#4: Moving up in the field is hard to do.

Many people who enter into this field do so without a lot of experience. Some are right out of high school. It can take about six months to a year for individuals to become capable of moving up beyond the basic level of skill. The next step up tends to be an equipment operator position. However, it can take up to ten years from that point to be able to enter into any management experience. That’s only if the individual can show a significant amount of willingness to lead.

#5: The pay is good.

The work is hard, but pay in this industry can be good. However, it varies significantly from one company to the next and often focuses on skill. Those who have skilled trades experience or schooling can earn 10 to 20 percent more than those who do not. Many people in this field will top out in terms of pay by the time they are in the middle of their career. Benefits are provided and most people will start in lower paying apprenticeship positions. Some will also combine schooling while they are working (during off sessions) to work towards earning more.

#6: Jobs are available worldwide.

There is a demand for these positions. One thing individuals need to keep in mind is that finding a job close to home isn’t always going to be possible. In fact, many people will work offshore in Texas, in North Dakota, or even in Canada. However, there are many additional positions overseas including in Africa, Australia, and the Middle East. These locations tend to be harder to get a job in as a foreign national. However, the job is difficult, which means turnover can be high in many areas.

#7: Starting from scratch is difficult.

Many oil rig companies will hire and train, but they always hire the best person applying for the job. That means they are less likely to hire someone untrained if a skilled worker is available. To get that experience, you may want to take courses in HUET training, gain a certificate program degree in an oilfield operation course, or enroll in a community college program within the region that offers oil-specific training.

#8: Networking to get a job is valuable.

Again, skill matters in this industry. That’s why so many people start with schooling. Even more important than this is having someone in the industry that you can network with to get into better positions or opportunities. Joining related organizations such as CAPPA, SPE, and AADE can help open the door to these opportunities. Talking with and getting to know hiring managers or company leaders can help in many cases.

#9: The conditions are tough.

Another important factor is the conditions you will work in on a daily basis. These tend to be wet, intense, and risky. Every oil rig employs safety standards that are simply not an option. Since there are high risks, most companies following OSHA standards to the T to ensure they minimize risk and reduce liability concerns. Nevertheless, when storms role in, the job gets harder to do. When the wind is at 40 knots, and there are 15-foot seas, things get hard to do.

#10: It’s an incredible experience.

Another important fact for anyone considering working in these conditions is as simple as this. Most oil rigs employ between 180 and 200 people at one time. These individuals work together as a team to get the job done and to accomplish the necessary tasks of the trade. The work is physically challenging, but the experience can be invigorating for those who enjoy working hard and achieving goals.

Working on an oil rig means a level of dedication that is not common with other industries. It is one that takes a special kind of person who is willing to prove their worth and ability. The pay may be decent, but that is often not why so many people get on board for oil.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Oil Industry But Should

Published By: Gulfland Structures on June 8th, 2015 No Comments
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When it comes to fueling up your car or getting the most efficiency from your car, you probably don’t think about the oil industry much. After all, you may put some effort into finding lower priced gas and cursing when it climbs in price, but what do you really know about the industry? From living quarters offshore to the intensity of the daily job, this is an industry that challenges everyone who is involved in it. The more you know about it, the more exciting and interesting it is for you. Take the time to check out these key facts about the industry.

#1: Where do they live?

You may drive to and from your home to work each day, but that’s not what happens when you are working offshore. Many individuals live in offshore oil rig living quarters. They are small, and they can be very limited in terms of what’s available. However, upgrades and even customized solutions in offshore accommodations are available today. With the right access and investment, these professionals can have the type of living spaces they desire even in the oil industry. It is all about choosing the right people to work with to make it happen.

#2: The industry is incredibly valuable in terms of economic impact.

How many times to stock prices rise and fall based on oil? It happens a great deal because oil is directly responsible for a huge component of the world economy. In fact, it makes up about 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product. And, it makes up a third of the human population’s energy supply. If you include nature gas in this figure, it accounts for over half of all energy used. That means it is one of the largest industries in the world.

#3: Oil is valuable and not just for those who sell it.

Sure, the oil industry is financially strong, and those that own land with oil are going to make a lot of money from it. But, oil is valuable in other ways, too. For example, it is more concentrated and a cleaner source of energy than most other forms. It is easy to obtain, easy to use, and it provides developing countries with the finances they need to grow and develop. In an overall view, then, it is clear to see just how high-value oil is. In short, it is easily moved, easily stored, and readily available, even if reserves are much lower today than they used to be. Oil is valuable to everyone.

#4: Energy consumption is dropping in many areas.

We know oil is an excellent source for energy, but what you may not realize is that consumption is coming down in some areas. This is due to better education about oil and fuel usage, improved access to other sources of energy (including lower prices on solar technology, wind power, and geothermal sources), as well as more efficient engines and cars. That’s good for the environment and very good for this fossil fuel.

#5: The oil industry is a safe place to work.

You may hear a lot about the oil industry and how hard it is to work in, but you may not know all of the facts. Oil rigs have improved in terms of safety significantly in the last few years. There are hazardous conditions present, but rules and laws make it less likely for individuals to be harmed on the job. That’s not to say, though, that this is an easy industry for workers. That’s not the case. You’ll need to work hard, be experienced, and be physically fit for the job.

#6: Oil isn’t a new resource!

Did you know that oil is one of the oldest sources of energy in the world? The first uses of oil were not as a fuel source (since there were not engines back then) but instead as asphalt. It was used more than 4,000 years ago to construct the towers and the walls of the ancient city of Babylon. Of course, over time, this resource become far more effective in meeting the needs of humans. There is no doubt, though, that even early people saw the value in it.

#7: The oil industry goes through intense cycles.

Like most other types of highly invested in materials, oil goes through some pretty volatile changes in terms of value and availability. When demand is high, oil prices are too. This equates to significant amounts of cash flow for the oil companies. This allows the companies to invest in new wells to increase production. More wells mean that there is more supply present. When that happens, over time, too much oil enters the market. This creates less demand (supply is high), and prices begin to drop. Low prices mean less investment, which means lower production until demand grows again.

#8: It’s the most important fuel for vehicles.

Battery powered vehicles are out there, but oil is still the biggest fuel out there by far. In fact, each day, the globe uses more than 90 million barrels of oil. That’s not just in fuel, but also in the plastic development and much more!

#9: There are thousands of platforms.

Did you know that there are thousands of oil platforms and rigs located throughout the world? While you may not see it when visiting the beach, these rigs are out there. They tend to be in deeper waters where oil reserves are higher.

#10: Those that work in this industry are nothing short of heroes

Let’s face it. People need oil. The job of getting oil from deep down into the floor of the sea is intense and very demanding. In fact, many of these individuals are away from home for weeks at a time. For all of these reasons, those who work in this industry are really nothing short of heroes.

What most people take for granted every time they pull up to the pump is a daily reality for many others. It’s hard work, it’s a huge industry that’s really too hard to put a number on, and it is an intense industry that continues to change and develop as humans rely on it even more.

The Top 10 Factors to Consider When Choosing Offshore Living Quarters Manufacturers for Your Business

Published By: Gulfland Structures on May 21st, 2015 No Comments

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To say that running an offshore operation is difficult is something of an understatement. At any given moment there are a huge number of moving parts to consider – from the configuration of the rig itself to the tools that you’re providing your employees that will allow them to do the most effective job possible on a daily basis. One of the most important factors to consider, however, has to do with offshore living quarters. Remember that these employees will spend a significant portion of their time at sea, so for the sake of morale alone you always want to partner with the right offshore living quarters manufacturers to create the most comfortable environment possible. There are ten key factors to consider to help make sure you’re finding a provider to meet your needs.

1. Versatility in Construction and Installation

Oil and gas companies should always look for living quarters manufacturers that offer a wide range of construction and installation options to better meet their needs. There are three different construction methods that you can choose from depending on the situation:

  • Single Lift Construction
  • Modular Construction
  • Prefabricated Construction

Single lift construction allows an entire living quarter structure to be built offsite, at which point it is then shipped to the final destination for installation. This method offers significant time savings. Module construction sees individual living quarters shipped as separate sections, which allows them to then be configured at-will onsite. This offers cheaper transportation and more flexible shipping options.

Prefabricated cabins can be shipped either complete or as a flat-packed unit and offer the benefits of reduced onsite labor and unparalleled quality control.

2. Mold Abatement

Another important quality to look for in an offshore living quarters provider has to do with mold abatement. Structures that are located at sea are always at an increased risk of mold due to the heightened level of moisture in the air at all times. Mold abatement will help prevent the type of mold build up that can not only be detrimental to the production as a whole, but also to the health of a company’s employees.

3. Custom Designs

There is no “one size fits all” solution to offshore living quarters. Different companies will have varying needs based on the size of the site, the total number of employees, the configuration of mission-critical equipment and more. A living quarters provider should be able to offer custom designs unique to the situation at hand for the best possible results.

4. HVAC Repair and Maintenance Services

Depending on the area of the world where the offshore rig will be located, the type of HVAC accommodations that a living quarters manufacturer can provide is hugely important to the health and general well-being of the crew. Most companies of this type should be able to provide not only heating and cooling installation, but also emergency repair and maintenance services to help keep temperatures regulated at all times.

5. Intelligent Design Technologies

Many modern day living quarters manufacturers make use of intelligent design technologies that help create not only environments that are highly efficient, but that also offer an advanced level of comfort for everyone involved. When you’re working at an offshore location, maximizing space is key. Intelligent design technologies enable manufacturers to design living quarters without wasted space.

6. Safety Features

Offshore facilities are naturally dangerous environments. Even after taking every last precaution available, certain unfortunate accidents may still occur. This is one of the many reasons why picking a living quarters provider that makes excellent use of the latest safety features is so important. Many providers offer pressurized blast rated buildings, for example, that will be able to stand up to the impact of something like an explosion.

7. Amenities

Though the actual living quarters that are provided are important, it’s important to look for a provider that can offer a number of additional amenities at the same time. Remember that your offshore employees won’t be on the job 24 hours a day, seven days a week – for the sake of morale, they’ll need environments where they can go to unwind after each long and hard day. Many offshore living quarters manufacturers can provide extra amenities like state-of-the-art dining halls, recreation rooms and additional types of locations that will allow your crew to accomplish exactly that.

Other types of amenities that you should look for include options regarding restrooms and shower units, gallery options that may be available, the quality of the laundry facilities that are being provided and more.

8. Insulation Options

Regulating the temperature of your living quarters is always important, but the cool sea air in many parts of the world can make that a lot easier said than done. Most living quarters providers will be able to offer you various insulation options that will give you the best possible results given the area where you’ll be operating.

Even acoustic insulation, insulation mattresses, fire proofing and more are all important factors to consider in order to create the safest, most comfortable and most productive environment that you can.

9. Shared Quarters Design

Depending on the size of your crew, each employee may not necessarily get a room to his or herself. In the event that you need to employ shared quarters in order to maximize space, you’ll always want to closely consider the options available in each one to help maintain a happy environment.

Many living quarters manufacturers can provide fixtures like bunk beds, couches, sofas, desks, televisions, Internet access points and more for shared living quarters for this very reason.

10. Experience Level

Arguably the most important quality that you should be looking for in an offshore living quarters manufacturer has to do with their overall expertise in the industry. A piece published on Experience by Symplicity indicated that not only do offshore living quarters not have to be cramped, dirty and uncomfortable spaces, but they can actually be equal to four or five star hotels – provided that you choose a manufacturer with extensive experience in the type of living accommodations that you’re looking for.

By choosing a trusted and experienced offshore living quarters manufacturer, you’re doing your part to not only keep your crew happy, healthy, safe and productive, but are also taking the necessary steps in order to create the type of high quality environment that they will be proud to call their “home away from home” at the same time.

 

 

 

 

10 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Natural Gas Drilling And Offshore Living Quarters

Published By: Gulfland Structures on May 4th, 2015 No Comments

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Natural gas: It isn’t something that kids chuckle about when sitting around the dinner table during spicy burrito night. Natural gas is used throughout the world to heat our homes, run factories and cook meals. And yet there are tons of things you may not know of when talking about natural gas. You may have also heard about myths concerning natural gas that you thought were facts because it is so easy to accept those social media memes as science.

If you want to learn more about this natural resource, bone up on your natural gas trivia skills and stump your friends with the following ten interesting facts. You never know when you might end up on a game show and have the answer to win that brand new car!

1: You might be wearing something that was manufactured with natural gas components

Look in the mirror in the morning when you are applying that face foundation. Did you now you might have applied natural gas to your skin? Natural gas is a component when manufacturing cosmetics. Other items made from natural gas includes pharmaceuticals, sports equipment, medical devices, toothbrushes, toilet seats and plastic toys. Can you imagine a lipstick color named natural gas? No, we can’t either but if it is made we call first dibs on the trademark.

2: Briny water is recycled

There is no reason just to leave the briny water used for natural gas extraction there at the site. Water isn’t free, you know. Instead, much of this briny water is retrieved and shipped to the next drilling site over and over again. In fact, 90% of briny water is recycled in the state of Pennsylvania for natural gas shale drilling. Recycling is taking part everywhere, even in the drilling industry. We can all feel a little better with this fact.

3: Drilling doesn’t produce large earthquakes

Well, the debate has always been that deep injection drilling using fracking methods will produce devastating earthquakes. If that were true, Pennsylvania would have sunk into the ocean by now — leaving Californians in slack-jawed amazement. Deep injection drilling happens across the United States, with tens of thousands of wells being created to find natural gas. Out of all those wells, only eight can be linked to causing earthquakes due to the deep injection drilling methods. None of the earthquakes caused any damage or were even felt by us on the surface.

4: Natural gas produces less carbon dioxide than coal

Mention natural gas and coal in the same room for drilling and mining companies and fisticuffs may ensue. There have been huge talks about what is better for our daily energy use: gas or coal. One fact that can’t be overlooked is that natural gas produces — per unit of energy — half the carbon dioxide that coal produces. When it comes to a cleaner natural resource, hands down you have to give the nod to the gas drillers versus the coal miners.

5: Used to make heated steam

Never say light it up when working on a gas line. You want to use the natural gas to create steam for commercial and industrial applications. Natural gas is used as a heat source to make steam for several industries including paper, automobile, steel and plastics. Don’t forget hospitals and military bases in the list of commercial places that rely on natural gas as a heat source in operations.

6: Offshore Drilling Doesn’t Always Stay in One Spot

You look out across the water on your cruise ship and see the offshore drilling rig out on the horizon. Often you assume it is a permanent structure that will outlive you. The fact is, there are all types of drilling structures that move from place to place when looking for this natural resource. There are drilling barges, drilling ships and moveable platforms.

7: Workers Aren’t Ferried To Drilling Rigs

Don’t know why we assumed that offshore drilling in shallow waters near the shore has boats ready to ferry workers to and from the work site. They don’t do that. And when you think about it, this transportation would significantly raise their operational costs. Instead, offshore living quarters manufacturers create living spaces on the drilling rig for workers. Yes, they can stay out there for weeks, months and years. So always be nice to the workers who go through such extreme working and living conditions to give you the natural resources you need in your life.

8: There are submersible drilling rigs

We’ve mentioned moving rigs and offshore living quarters for workers at these sites. Is there anything else that can be said about drilling for natural gas? Well, there are submersible rigs. They are kind of like submarines, where the workers live on the surface. The rig itself is buoyant and can submerge to the sea or lake bottom. These drilling rigs are normally used for shallow water, as safety has to be the priority for workers who are living on the rig.

9: There are different places where fracking work is done and drinking water is found

One of the most controversial topics about natural gas is that fracking contaminates water supplies. Yet with the recent studies conducted in Pennsylvania in regards to fracking and water contamination, this problem is not the case. Fracking is done thousands of feet beneath the surface while drinking water extraction is performed only a few hundred feet. Most often, any type of contamination that might occur would come from accidental spills from transportation trucks and storage containers that would contribute more toward drinking water contamination.

10: A total of 31 states produce natural gas

They have to produce natural gas with our growing needs in electricity for our daily lives. Natural gas is used for electricity generation and is a cleaner source for this production process. Power suppliers in states such as California and Texas are switching over to natural gas as the most affordable solution as energy demands rise. With more people born in this country every day, and as older adults have longer lives, we need a viable energy source more and more eminently. The natural gas industry has become that go-to source.

Bio: Michelle H. is a freelance writer who enjoys writing on a number of topics from lifestyle to business. She writes informational and humorous subject matter.