Subsea Pipelines Engineering

An In-Person Training Course by Esanda.


    In-House sessions are available upon request.

    Course Overview:

    Subsea pipelines have made a tremendous impact as a safe and effective hydrocarbons transport system. To date there have been substantive examples of global subsea pipeline projects where the boundaries of materials requirements, construction and installation techniques, inspection and maintenance programmes have all been established and improved upon over the decades. Similarly, breaching deeper and deeper water depths, has seen even further improvements and technical innovation in these and other key areas.

    This course has been specifically developed to fulfil industry’s ongoing need for skilled and competent pipeline engineering individuals.

    The course will provide a comprehensive insight into the methodologies employed to execute subsea pipelines mechanical engineering design, together with requirements for pipeline routing, permits and authorisations, materials selection, pipelines construction and installation, offshore and vessel requirements, pipeline protection systems, pre-commissioning and commissioning practices, pipeline integrity management practices. In addition, delegates will also gain an appreciation of the support tasks and activities required for subsea pipelines design such as compilation of data sheets, drawings, materials take-off documentation, philosophies and specifications.

    Pipeline related case studies and workshops will also be conducted to allow delegates an opportunity to test their pipelines knowledge and practical working examples of pipelines design will be presented.


    The Course Is Designed For:

    • Subsea pipeline engineers
    • Construction & installation engineers / managers
    • Materials and Corrosion Engineers
    • Integrity engineers
    • Facilities engineers
    • Operations engineers and managers
    • Project Managers
    • Graduate engineers


    Your Instructor:

    David NewmanProfessor David Newman

    Professor David Newman has over 30 years’ extensive national and interantional oil and gas project engineering and management experience, which includes oil and gas operators, EPIC contractors, and Consultancy teams for onshore, offshore and subsea projects with project values ranging from $millions to in excess of $billions with experience in Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East, SE Asia, CIS and Mexico.

    He is an excellent team player and a higliy motivated individual with excellend communication, inter-personal and presentation skills. He has experience in leading, managing and supporting small to large scale multi-national, multi-disciplined and multi-cultural project engineering and managemetn teams for the timely, auality and on-budget delivery of projects and the mitigation and resolution of all technical/commercial issues arising during the project. He has extensive experience with interface managment with clients, senior management, committees, board level, equity partners/stakeholders, government departments, national and international contractors, vendors, suppliers, legislative/regulatory bodies and test houses.

    David has participated and chaired design, process, constructability, HSE, HazOps, HazIds, Hazans and Envids workshops.

    His experience also includeds extensive on-site supervisory experience in desert, swamp, offshore, fabrication/construction yards in UK, Europe, Scandinavia, CIS (Kazakhstan), Middle East, SE Asia, Africa and Mexico.

    David has also delivered extensive training, coaching/mentoring to multi-cultural and multi-national engineering staff which included delivery of oil and gas training courses to all levels of engineers, technicians and managers.


    Course Outline:

    Pipelines Historical –A brief industry insight

    Pipeline codes, standards and regulations

    Linepipe manufacturing – rigid and flexible pipe
    Pipeline mechanical properties
    – Strength
    – Ductility
    – Toughness
    – Weldability
    Pipeline physical testing
    – Impact
    – Tensile

    Pipeline pre-requisites
    Permits and authorisations
    Pipeline routings
    Survey techniques
    Soils (topography and geotechnical)
    Sweeping, rock removal, rock dump

    Pipeline design basics and pipeline mechanical design components
    Pressure, pipe sizing, wall thickness, upheaval buckling,
    on-bottom-stability, free-spanning

    Pipelines Flow Assurance
    – Static
    – Transient analyses
    – Pipeline insulation

    Pipeline materials – for strength, for corrosion resistance
    Use of carbon steel
    Use of corrosion resistant alloys (CRAs) – clad and lined pipes

    Pipeline Internal and External Corrosion
    Pipeline internal corrosion – causes, mechanisms and effects
    Flow considerations – erosion corrosion
    Pipeline external corrosion

    Pipeline protection – mechanical and corrosion protection systems
    Concrete mattresses
    Protection structures
    Internal pipeline coatings
    External corrosion protection – pipeline and field joint coatings design and selection
    Cathodic Protection design – sacrificial anodes

    Subsea pipeline construction
    Tools of the trade
    Permits and authorisations, procurement and logistics, pipeline welding, NDT, field joint coatings, offshore and subsea vessels and equipment, construction surveys, route preparation

    Pipeline construction and installation methods
    S, J- lay, reeling, bundles and towed installations, installation problems and mitigation measures

    Pipeline installation and construction support activities
    Shore approaches and landfalls
    Pipeline trenching and burial – equipment and technical requirements
    Pipeline pre-commissioning and commissioning
    – Gauging and flooding
    – Hydrotesting
    – Dewatering, air and vacuum drying

    Pipeline tie-ins – rigid and flexible risers, spools

    Pipeline engineering deliverables – project documentation requirements
    Drawings – approaches, layouts, alignment sheets, pipeline crossings, pipeline section details
    Documentation – philosophies, specifications, manuals, reports

    Pipeline Integrity Management – ‘A Duty to Care’
    Introduction to risk-based pipeline integrity management
    Risk management – risk assessment – risk values
    Subsea Pipeline failures – causes and effects
    PIMS – The Pipeline Integrity Management System – key components
    Inspection Maintenance Repair (IMR) planning
    Pipeline and Chemicals Management
    Pipeline Intelligent And Maintenance Pigging
    Pipeline chemicals – biocides, inhibitors, scavengers
    Corrosion monitoring – tools and techniques
    Anomaly assessments using codes and standards and execution of remedial works / programmes

    Pipelines – looking ahead
    Ageing assets
    Obsolescence management
    Life extension studies
    Pipeline decommissioning and abandonment

    Health, Safety and Environmental Considerations
    Health And Safety Management Systems and Plans
    Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)

    Course Curriculum

    Subsea Pipelines Engineering 1 day, 11 hours

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