New fields development deadlines are growing short every day and FPSO projects shall be adapted to sustain these new patterns, even though actual process plants are becoming larger and more complex. FPSO projects critical path is the hull construction and changes are being made to shorten the duration of this process. For this to be feasible, hull project must be standardized to fit various topside configurations and any changes made must be absorbed as quickly as possible. This requires the use of innovative solutions and digital technologies to reduce design time. The core of these solutions is the modelling of the hull digital twin during the basic design phase with a high level of structural definitions that only happen during detailed engineering phase.
This paper presents some initiatives that results in a more consistent design and on a desktop-based virtual reality model that can be used to accelerate fabrication during construction and assembly phases. Furthermore, the way of doing hull basic design is being changed.