CHALLENGE: A customer involved in the hydraulic fracking business was looking to redesign their current remote operated water transfer skid. This new design needed to utilize existing components, but in a more compact package. The design also needed to be modular to allow for additional equipment to be added at a later date without redesign.
APPROACH: WMD Squared was challenged with redesigning a skid using existing components, but in a smaller package. After a kickoff meeting with the customer, a general concept was developed. Once the concept was approved by the customer, the specific details began to take shape. Major components were kept centralized and configured symmetrically, in order to maintain a good center of gravity. Working alongside the customer, a final design was established. With the use of Finite Element (FEA) software, an analysis was conducted to verify the design’s integrity per DNV 2.7-1 and ASME B31.3 . Using the customer’s own Product Data Management (PDM) system, detailed drawings, bills of materials, and part spec sheets were created to ensure successful manufacture of the skid.
IMPACT: WMD Squared met the challenge while maintaining synergy within the customer’s PDM system. The advantage here was that this allowed the customer a high level of control of the revision data, as well as greater accessibility of the documents. Weight was reduced by 23%, and footprint reduced by 33% exceeding the customer’s goals.