COAA Best Practice: Module Assembly


A guideline to assist all module stakeholders in developing their own project-specific module assembly plan. This tool outlines a number of key principles that should be adopted for all module assembly projects.

Executive Summary

This module assembly framework has been developed as a guideline to assist all module stakeholders in developing their own project specific module assembly plan. Rather than create a document that attempts to address all possible considerations through a module project lifecycle this best practice tool is based on using “principles” as a means of conveying best practices for each module assembly element. This document supports the COAA initiative of TWICE AS SAFE, TWICE AS PRODUCTIVE BY 2020.

The document is a high level summary based on principles. An experienced module management team is essential to interpret and implement the principles for specific project circumstances.

This tool does not address safety as a specific element but rather relies on the already established safety best practices developed and adopted by COAA members.

Establishing a module management team at the front end of the project is considered essential to define the parameters of the module assembly plan for the project. This team could be one person or many depending on the size and complexity and the specific requirements of the project. The team should be comprised of individuals with subject matter expertise in all 10 elements of the best practice tool. As a minimum the team leader should progress with the project to support the modularization program through the design and construction stages of the project.

This best practice tool builds on previous lessons learned in the module industry gathered from industry professionals. Many elements of this document are interrelated and readers should use it in its entirety and be cognizant that one section may relate to another. As stated above this document is a guideline that can be used in developing a module assembly strategy and execution plan specific to your project needs and requirements. An overall higher level modularization strategy should be developed that considers location, access and project specific requirements prior to the development of the module execution plan. Once the execution plan is developed, following a rigorous change management process will reduce overall project impacts.

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