Danish engineering outfit Rambøll is using the technology behind Lego instruction kits to convey to its customers the possibilities inherent in its designs, including platform and pipeline studies for StatoilHydro and Baltic pipeline builder Nord Stream.
The fast-growing Copenhagen-based outfit has recently opened offices in Dubai and India. Ramboll employees have collaborated with Lego on Lego-easy software which will help smooth over language difficulties for sales engineers in overseas markets.
A giant Lego model of the normally unmanned Danish North Sea Cecilie-Nini platform raised eyebrows at Rambøll’s ONS 2008 exhibit in Stavanger this week. Passing engineers pointed at the five foot structure and smiled like hulking six-year-olds.
Rambøll has designed 15 platforms like Cecilie in the North Sea and Middle East. It’s one of five engineering outfits enjoying frame-agreements with deepwater operator StatoilHydro in capital-intensive offshore Norway.
In the Baltic, Rambøll has 35 people helping planners of the Nord Stream pipeline show politically minded Baltic states the environmental merits of the long Russo-German gas link.
Helping Lego design the software might also help sales of engineered items on floating production storage and offloading vessels, and the company has placed an FPSO staff in its Sandefjord southern Norway office.