Under The Sea

Under The Sea

When you think about buildings that are constructed, you probably think about those that are on the street or even under the ground. One type of structure that you might not think about is an underwater construction. These sometimes pose a difficulty that isn’t faced during a typical construction. Builders are facing not only the materials and the design, they are also facing the waves of the ocean. These waves can sometimes hinder how the structure is completed if they are strong.

One of the common types of underwater structures is an oil rig. This is also known as an oil platform. They are usually seen off the shore line so that businesses can tap into the oil lines that are built. The oil is carried from the lines to the shore and refined. Natural gas is also extracted from the ocean floor. Sometimes, new gases are discovered as a result of the structures that have been built. There is something amazing about underwater structures. They are easily movable. The maintenance of the structures is something that can be complicated as workers have to dive to the structure in order to repair anything that is broken. This takes careful planning. If something happens while underwater, especially with one of the gas lines, there could be an explosion.

Some of the platforms that are built are fixed and are not able to be moved unless they are taken apart. These are often built on steel legs so that they have the proper support needed while in the water. However, the steel can easily sway with the movement of the water. There are platforms that are semi-submersible. Part of the platform is above the water while the support system is fixed to the seabed. The beams have to be sturdy enough to support the entire system as the top part of the platform can easily weigh more than the lower half. Some of the lesser known structures that are built underwater include homes and hotels. These are often seen in exotic locations as a structure for those who want to see what life might be like underwater.