01 / Sep / 2023

Accessing the inaccessible – why do operators seek suspended access solutions?

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Suspended access solution provided by AquaTerra Group

Whether, onshore, offshore, or in the splashzone, the structures our clients manage are often complex structures with various levels, decks, and compartments. Suspended access solutions such as QuikDeck® provide a safe and effective means of accessing areas which can be difficult to reach using traditional methods.

At AquaTerra Group, QuikDeck® is one of our most requested, most popular products.  Access to areas beneath normal work areas can be complicated to arrange, but there are many advantages to setting it up.

To kick off our QuikDeck® focus, we caught up with AquaTerra Group’s QuikDeck® product champion, project manager Kevin Nelson, on the most common drivers for businesses looking for an access solution.

Kevin Nelson, Project Manager,
QuikDeck® Product Champion
  • Inspection and Maintenance: regular inspection, repair, and maintenance (IRM) activities are essential to ensure the integrity and safety of structures, particularly in hard-to-reach areas under the main work areas.
  • Efficient Workflow: workers need a stable and secure platform to perform their tasks. An efficient setup allows for smoother workflow and faster task completion, contributing to overall operational efficiency.
  • Safety: Safety is paramount, whether onshore or offshore. Operators require a controlled and secure working environment for personnel to carry out tasks under the decks with proper safety features like guardrails, harness attachment points, and anti-slip surfaces.
  • Customised Fit: Our clients are often working with structures that have intricate geometries, irregular shapes and layouts that include conduits, supports, and pipes that must be considered. They are often looking for a tailored system to fit these unique structures, ensuring optimal coverage of the work area and efficient use of space.
  • Emergency Repairs: In case of unexpected damage or equipment failures beneath the decks, clients require rapid response for emergency repairs. This quick access can prevent further damage and downtime.
  • Overcoming Space Constraints: The confined spaces under the decks of offshore platforms can make traditional scaffolding setups challenging or impractical. Suspended access solutions make use of the vertical space and addresses the limited headroom, enabling workers to navigate and work comfortably.
  • Enhanced Flexibility: Operators (particularly offshore) often require adaptability to changing circumstances. Suspended access systems can be easily reconfigured and relocated to accommodate various tasks and work areas.
  • Improved structural lifespan: Our clients understand that regular maintenance and repair can extend the lifespan of offshore platforms by addressing issues promptly and preventing further deterioration.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Offshore and onshore operations are subject to stringent regulatory standards to ensure worker safety and environmental protection. Operators are looking for a solution that can help them comply with these regulations by providing a safe and controlled work environment.

Suspended access systems offer safe access, facilitates inspection and maintenance, ensures worker safety, improves workflow efficiency, and address the unique challenges posed by hard-to-reach work areas.

QuikDeck® – AquaTerra Group

Optimised by AquaTerra Group’s engineering and installation expertise, QuikDeck® modular access platforms provide clients with unrivalled quality of access capabilities, providing a safe and cost effective alternative to traditional access systems.

With flexible designs to accommodate obstructions and rapid installation times. QuikDeck® delivers the ultimate access for multiple personnel and on a range of structures including:

  • Offshore installations
  • Industrial facilities
  • Piers & jetties
  • Bridges & stadiums
  • Offshore substations

Follow this link to read more about QuikDeck® and AquaTerra’s approach to suspended access solutions.