1.6 Million SF Seamless Steel Tube Facility

TPCO America

  • Advanced use of BIM
  • Automated clash detection using SSOE's proprietary software AutoNavis
  • "Big Room" concept to increase collaboration
  • Concurrent design / build approach
  • Complete design of a pipe rolling / finishing mill
  • Construction support
  • Developed fabrication-level piping spool drawings of process utility piping
  • Equipment installation

Gregory, Texas

1.6 million SF

This fast-track project was completed on time and on budget with documented SSOE generated savings of $12.8 million.

TPCO America, a manufacturer of high quality API Grade steel tube, sought to establish production facilities in South Texas in order to capitalize on the growing demand for steel tube generated by the oil and gas industry. As a subsidiary of Tianjin Pipe Corporation, China’s largest producer of seamless steel pipe, TPCO understood the importance of having American engineering and construction companies on board who are experts in designing and delivering integrated production facilities worldwide. SSOE and its construction partner, Yates Construction, were selected for their vast experience successfully delivering similar projects worldwide.

The design / build team of SSOE and Yates is responsible for the complete design of the pipe rolling / pipe finishing mill, with SSOE providing architectural, engineering, and design services for the plant, including facility and infrastructure design, facility and process utilities design, process integration, equipment installation, and construction support.

Working closely with Yates, SSOE is applying a concurrent design / build approach, which makes it possible for the team to deliver the 1.6 million SF facility on a compressed schedule. The pace of the project increases the importance of SSOE’s job to coordinate all aspects of the work with Yates.
The project site provided significant challenges, as a substantial amount of stabilization was required due to its sandy composition and the need for very stable foundation for processes. SSOE designed a piling network to stabilize the substructure and distribute the load to maintain alignment and functionality of manufacturing systems in the future. To maintain the project budget, SSOE worked with Yates to research and provide the most economical design and construction solutions for this site.

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