Best Practice of Offshore Pipelines Engineering

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL Understand the design codes, technical specifications, and project challenges of subsea pipeline constructions

This four day Summer School programme will introduce the key concepts, design codes, engineering guidelines and project principles for the development and construction of offshore pipelines:

  • Innovative conceptual, feasibility and planning concepts
  • Economic profitability and operational reliability of pipelines
  • Technical evaluations and development assessments for pipeline routes
  • Inspection, repair and maintenance costs
  • Design and development principles for successful project execution
  • Investment estimates and construction schedules
  • Risks in challenging environments and tailor-made HSE concepts
  • Pipelines decommissioning and abandonment practices


What is the programme about?

The offshore oil and gas industry has been primarily concerned with the falling oil price which has affected investment decisions. Consequently, operators are now cautious about future and potential development plans. The more important it is to ensure the economic profitability of offshore pipelines by conducting technical evaluations and development assessments. This will not only increase the cost-efficiency of the project but also reduce inspection, repair and maintenance expenditures for your pipelines.

This highly interactive summer school has been specifically developed to fulfil the ongoing industry need for skilled, well-trained teams. You will leave the course fully equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge needed to reduce design and material induced faults and losses and ultimately maximise the lifetime value of the asset. The practical insights provided will enable you to consistently build high performing and reliable pipelines.


Subsea Oil and Gas professionals who require a thorough overview of current and emerging best practices of design principles and engineering guidelines related to pipeline projects:

  • Subsea Design and Construction Engineers
  • Project Managers, Developers and Planners
  • E&P Supervisors and Managers
  • Materials and Corrosion Engineers
  • Integrity engineers
  • Construction & installation engineers / managers
  • Operations engineers and managers
  • Facility managers
  • Offshore Pipeline Engineers


Course Introductions
  • Course Introduction
  • ‘Coming Together’ – Delegates Introduction
Historical – Industry Insight
  • Scene Setting – Pipelines - historical and milestone achievements
Interactive workshop: Pipelines, Construction, Installation
Participants will review and analyse the development of pipeline construction and installation
Industry Insight and Regulations
  • Global pipelines – trends and market outlook
  • Regulatory requirements, Codes and Standards

Interactive workshop: Regulations
Participants will discuss the development of national and international codes and standards to evaluate the impact of the regulatory framework on their projects

Resources & Engineering
  • Bringing the elements together – People and Engineering as part of the overall project development activities
  • Project / design phases – Concept, FEED, Detailed Design, Planning & Scheduling


  • What is design? – what you need to know for pipeline design
  • Development of an "engineered system"
  • Flow assurance, Thermal design, insulation, insulation systems
  • Deliverables – drawings, documentation
The Complete Package – Materials, Corrosion & Linepipe, Part I
  • Materials and Corrosion  – what to understand, what to use  and how to prevent structural degradation
Interactive workshop: Materials and Corrosion
Participants will explore the material-related specifics and external factors influencing the structural integrity of pipelines
The Complete Package,  Part II
  • Putting it altogether  - linepipe and related components
  • Manufacturing, fabrication and packaging


Pipeline Construction – Tools of the Trade
  • Using vessels to lay pipelines – types, market outlook
  • Logistics – supply boats/materials; helicopters/personnel
  • What’s important? - Health, Safety And Environment – working requirements and safeguards
What We Need to Know ? – At The Start
  • Pipelines authorisation – routing evaluation, notifications, procedures, examples of authorisation submissions for North Sea pipelines
  • Data Gathering - survey techniques, soils types and properties
Get Laying that Pipe!
  • Underwater conditions – seabed surveys, seabed construction and remedial works, seabed sweeping, rock removal, pipeline protection and mattresses installation, pipeline crossings, ROVs, diver intervention.
  • How to lay pipes – the basic approaches to Lay configurations - S-lay, J-Lay, Reel-lay, Pipeline Bundles
Interactive workshop: How to lay pipes
Participants will review and discuss approaches and configurations for pipeline constructions
Pipeline Installation Completion
  • Other things to be aware of and what can go wrong - tensioning systems, bending, buckling, pipe ovality, barge stability
  • What’s next? – tie-ins, diver/diverless connections, hyperbaric welding, connectors, pipe trenching, rock dumping, burial and post trenching
  • Abandonment and recovery – A&R overview
  • Post survey data analysis
  • What about the other end of the pipe ? – Risers, Landfalls, shore approaches
  • Pipeline pre-commissioning and commissioning – tasks and activities – hydrostatic testing
  • Management systems – law, quality assurance, health, safety, and environment, commercial risk management


"Duty to Care" – Looking After Your Assets
  • Why do we need to inspect maintain and repair anyway?
  • The notion of declaring ‘asset integrity’ and what it really means
  • What to look for?         
Systems Failure
  • What can go wrong and how do we fix it when we find it?
  • The impact of Health Safety and Environment and other Regulatory implications
IMR – Planning and Implementation
  • Inspection Planning, Risk Based Inspection, Optimised Planning
  • Inspection Methodologies – internal and external
  • Understanding the results and what do we do with the results?
Interactive workshop: Inspection
Participants will analyse and review inspection methodologies to develop customised maintenance plans and schedules
Pipelines - Looking Ahead
  • The notion of ageing assets – what the industry is doing about, regulatory examinations – The KP Programme, life extension requirements.
  • Pipeline decommissioning and abandonment , historic difficulties with abandonment – overview
  • Decommissioning options, Pipeline regulations/standards governing D&A, Governing bodies, Regulatory process and planning for pipeline decommissioning, Other regulations required
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Course Testimonials

“Very complete overview – excellent and very experienced facilitators!”

Michael Regal, Business Development Manager ArcelorMittal Tubular Products

Delivered by

Professor David Newman has in excess of 30 years national and international oil & gas project

William J Atteridge has over forty (40) years of international experience in technical & plan

Dates & Locations

This course is only available as a custom course tailored for your business, contact us to discuss your requirements.