The Cedeco story begins with Iain H. Steven, marine engineer and MD.
As a lad Iain served his apprenticeship on the Clyde. He’s older, greyer and wiser now. And as he grew older, greyer and wiser he learned a very important lesson: people create the same problems over and over again.
But let’s back up a little.
Iain spent his youth in a marine environment where he specialised in advanced vessel designs, design and compliance and new build supervision and commissioning.
He spent his middle years in a drilling environment specialising in Jack-Ups, Monohulls and Semi-Submersibles.
Over his career (40+ years, if you’re asking) Iain’s roles have included Chief Engineer, Classification Surveyor and surveyor for MODUSPEC. Latterly he worked with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and CNOOC/COSL providing detailed design and engineering consultancy. In 2001 he was a founding partner of OCS and in 2014 a founding partner of Cedeco.
So how did Iain come to his conclusion that people create their own problems? Because when he moved from a marine to a drilling environment he learned that, well, people weren’t overly keen on learning.
“That’s the way we’ve always done it” came the reply, followed by “I’ve been doing it this way for 25 years.” Even when doing it ‘this way’ was wrong. Even when doing it ‘this way’ meant the same problems repeating themselves on installation after installation.
Here’s an interesting titbit for you: installing 60mT of machinery at an ambient temperature of 20°C but where the running temperature of the machine is 65°C will cause said 60mT to grow by .2 of an inch (give or take). This is the co-efficient of linear expansion.
Iain understands such things; to him the non-application of such principles is baffling. It’s not rocket science to imagine that if you bolt a machine to the floor, walls and ceiling and it increases by .2″ something’s gonna give.
Why spend time, effort and money on the consequences of things going wrong when you could just do the job right in the first place?
Iain also noticed that innovation in other sectors tends to incorporate ‘smaller’. Yet offshore vessels are moving towards ‘bigger’. But does a gargantuan vessel really do the best job? Or does it represent costly, unnecessary over-capacity?
With this in mind, Iain took his co-efficient of linear expansion along with his 40+ years in the field of vessel design and commissioning and set to designing a series of smaller jack-ups.
And why wouldn’t smaller be better? Just take a look at your mobile phone.
Today, Cedeco isn’t just Iain, it is Jacqueline too. If you’ve ever met them together you’ll know that Jacqueline talks a LOT less than Iain.
Jacqueline keeps the wheels on. ‘Nuff said.
They are based in Glasgow.