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The Barzan Gas Project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the Gulf States, and is expected to produce 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day by 2015

Winter 2011/12

Issue 14

Dynamics 3

Deployable Infrastructure Integrated solution for tactical bases

A team from General Dynamics UK recently demonstrated a Generic Base Architecture (GBA) that integrates multiple capabilities to improve the effectiveness of Forward Operating Bases (FOBs).

More than 100 MoD personnel at the Caerwent Training Area in Chepstow were able to see how the GBA solution creates an integrated tactical base developed from General Dynamics UK’s proven Core Infrastructure Distribution System (CIDS) technology and its Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) work (see pg.12). The aim was to assist the MoD in its development of the upcoming GBA Defence Standard, due to be issued later this year.

The demonstration also highlighted how integrating existing UOR and core equipment capabilities, such as General Dynamics UK’s Force Protection systems, Electro Optic systems and Bowman, can deliver FOBs with enhanced availability of information and situational awareness, which result in better decision making.

The solution uses an open

architecture approach, making it easy to integrate any number of

Telecoms & Security

Page Europa wins Qatar contract

Page Europa, a General Dynamics UK company, has been awarded a contract worth more than €9 million to supply integrated telecoms and security systems for the Barzan Gas Onshore Project, located in the Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar.

The new Barzan Gas plant is a huge and highly strategic facility designed to improve Qatar’s gas production and exports. It’s owned and managed by RasGas – a joint venture between Qatar

Petroleum (QP) and US firm ExxonMobil – currently the biggest foreign investor in Qatar’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business, with a stake in 12 of 14 plants.

Page Europa’s complete and fully-

integrated solution will be supplied on a turnkey basis and will cover all the telecommunication and security needs for the onshore plant, which will convert natural gas produced by three new offshore platforms into LNG for export.

The telecoms and security systems

contract has been awarded to Page Europa by JGC (Japan), which recently won the Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contract for the whole onshore plant construction.

Page Europa will act as the telecoms and security systems integrator

and will be responsible for systems design, engineering, procurement, integration, test, project management, documentation, spare parts and supervision to onsite installation; providing a completely integrated and delivered system.

This contract follows Page Europa’s

recent successful experience in supplying Qatar Shell with similar systems (in technology and size) for the Pearl GTL project, the world’s largest gas-to-liquid plant, which adjoins the Barzan Gas project onshore area.

Trusted to deliver

additional capabilities. For the demonstration, for example, the Boomerang shot detection system was ‘fused’ into the GBA, including its surveillance systems, providing a real time ‘slew to cue’. This means that the surveillance and weapon systems automatically identify the position from where a shot is fired.

Other systems integrated into the base included

Field Electrical Provision (FEP) generators which were monitored in real time by the General Dynamics UK System Information Exploitation/Health and Usage Monitoring (SIE HUMS) solution, providing data to the Bowman User Community Knowledge (BUCK) system for trending, prognosis and analysis purposes.

Additionally, the GBA integrated digitised

live footage from video cameras, and remote video from a vehicle using a Modular DORS and HCDR network, all of which was made available throughout the FOB and in the Ops room.

To demonstrate how an integrated solution

can improve tactical operations, an interactive 3D model of Caerwent, created with the VESPer rapid 3D modelling system, was shown to the visitors. VESPer provides a powerful capability for operational planning, creating up-to-date visualisations, identifying potential risk locations (such as sniper positions) and dead ground.

Finally, the demonstration included an

integrated Future Ablution System (FAS), which provided a self-contained toilet, shower and waste management system.


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