Andrew Auns
Vice President & General Manager
Williams Scotsman

Modular Solutions for Operational Optimization

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 13:00

In an industry such as oil and gas, with remote, difficult- to-access locations, often workers must remain onsite in order to reduce the operational costs involved in employee transport. As a result, Williams Scotsman has emerged as a market leader in modular solutions for the industry, helping customers determine what type of space they need and matching it with a solution. “We coordinate and prepare everything so that it reduces the amount of time and effort the company has to invest in preparing spaces for new products,” says Andrew Auns, Vice President and General Manager of Williams Scotsman. “Our job is to ensure that the buildings are ready when the company arrives to the site.” Unlike traditional spaces, Williams Scotsman modules can be taken apart and removed completely, and from an environmental perspective, the effect of the modules and mobile trailers on the land is minimal, without the need for cement or permanent foundations. Mining, oil, and gas are the company’s top three markets and Auns does not see that changing in the next three years. “The oil and gas sector will grow, especially on the midstream sector, and as a result we will see an increasing demand for our products,” he states confidently.

“We are continuously investing and expanding our fleet to increment our presence in the market,” Auns asserts. “We also have strong supply partners that work to our specifications to help us construct new units in the country.” The changes in the industry have caused the company to optimize the running of operations, adapting its local operations and organization by offering the most effective solutions available for the industry. This has led to the creation of a brand new project management group that focuses only on the design and service execution of projects. Williams Scotsman has national content at its heart, and the company prefers to hire local workers for projects, and if forced to contract temporary workers due to a high demand, it also sources from the community. “Although we are part of a global company, here in Mexico 99.9% of the workforce is Mexican and we plan on staying this way by always trying to source locally,” Auns reveals.

This year, the company developed an oil and gas project in the north of Mexico, which started out with five locations and later expanded to seven. “We provided offices, cafeterias, and dormitories, and various solutions that range from simple to complex products, and also customized designs to fit the needs of our customers,” declares Auns. “One of our accomplishments is that we were able to provide housing for more than 2,000 workers.” With this project Williams Scotsman began to identify the various needs of the customers, such as worker accommodation, whether onsite or offsite, and subsequently adapt more traditional solutions. “Toward the end of the project, it was more about the added value of our product, such as being able to deliver dorms with all of the beds and mattresses already inside,” Auns expresses. When working in remote areas, with small teams of eight to 16 engineers working on a site, it is more likely that a company will need a space that provides facilities for sleeping, eating, and bathroom quarters in one building. This is when companies begin to move away from the traditional construction and trailers, to more flexible methods. Williams Scotsman has worked on concepts in which smaller modules are utilized, and a building with second floor dorms is created, as well as an open porch area, and internal stairways, allowing companies to better control security. Conference rooms, offices, eating facilities, and service areas can also be integrated in one building. “We are able to disassemble a building like this within 48 hours, and then transfer it to another location to reassemble again,” asserts Auns.