Newbuild Equipment Case Study

Mudmat handling system component build and FAT

Consultancy, project management and expert support


With the mudmat handling system being manufactured in-house on a tight delivery schedule, a client turned to MDL with the challenge of supplying the hydraulic package to accompany the unit. In addition to hydraulic cylinders, the package requirement included a Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU), complete with remote control capabilities to ensure enhanced safety and efficiency of operations.

MDL Solution

Taking the third-party engineered design for the system provided by the client, One Team MDL identified the solutions that integrated into the tight project timeline. With close project management control, MDL was able to deliver to the provided specifications and ahead of schedule. Going beyond the initial scope of supply, the client requested MDL’s expertise in overseeing the FAT of the complete mudmat handling system, with a specific focus on the hydraulic aspects of the test.


During the FAT, the client found that the system did not work as they had intended. MDL was swift in devising a solution and making the necessary changes to the system, so that it could fulfil the client’s new requirements - demonstrating the benefits of MDL's 25 years experience in project management and engineering of newbuilt equipment.

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