April 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Dr. Anderson Describes Construction Of Offshore Concrete Facility To SNAME Los Angeles Section

The apparent ease with which Dr. Arthur R. Anderson presented his paper to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers added a distinct note of authority to it. He gave the appearance of speaking extemporaneously, but could hardly have been doing so. It was too well prepared. His style, too, clearly indicated his familiarity with his subject. His subsequent ability to add even more technical detail in response to the many questions from his audience further substantiated it.

Dr. Anderson, president of the Concrete Technology Corporation of Tacoma, Wash., had been invited to address the local section on the occasion of its fifth monthly meeting aboard the S/S Princess Louise at Terminal Island, Calif., Port of Los Angeles. His paper was titled "Construction Experience of the ARCO Prestressed Concrete LPG Barge." The meeting was well attended by SNAME members, along with a scattering of highly motivated guests. His talk was accompanied with a continuous display of excellently prepared slides delineating the specifics of the design and details of the construction that could not have been as well described in any other way.

The frequency of their display and the careful selection of the viewing angles created almost an from one of Dravo SteelShip's standard designs, allowing delivery from bare hull to finish boat in only 120 days.

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illusion of actually watching the work in progress. The construction illustrated was of the tremendously large concrete floating facility for offshore storage of LPG designed and built by his firm for ARCO. At no point did Dr. Anderson fail to point out the difficulties they encountered, but each slide appeared in turn to illustrate how they had succeeded in overcoming them.

The successful use of concrete at sea was further pointed out by his slides illustrating the brilliant design experience of the Norwegians in constructing Ekofisk, and the Condeeps by the British in the North Sea. This area is one of the most hostile marine environments in the world. What he actually covered in his talk was but a few of the points on which he could have expanded further.

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