About the course

This course is essential for subsea engineers or if you are new to the industry. From design, through installation and operation to decommissioning, this course gives an overview of the lifecycle of a subsea pipeline.

Helping you understand the different components, associated processes and risks, this course includes modules on pipeline design considerations, pipe manufacturing methods and materials selection. With scenario-based exercises on installation methods and analysis of survey results, this course will develop your capabilities in the effective management of subsea pipelines.

Learning outcomes

  • Appreciate key considerations for pipeline design
  • Compare appropriate manufacturing methods and material selection
  • Explain the principles of pipeline integrity, including flow assurance and inspection
  • Apply knowledge of installation processes and construction support to projects
  • Describe repairs and pipeline decommissioning
  • Appreciate regional differences

Introduction of pipeline systems

Route selection

  • Example field layouts
  • Pipeline and cable uses
  • Subsea equipment
  • Platforms and floating production systems
  • Riser configurations
  • Survey types
  • Survey techniques
  • Routing of pipelines

Pipe manufacture


  • Rigid steel pipe
  • Flexible pipe
  • Selection for strength
  • Selection for corrosion resistance
  • Clad and lined pipelines

Pipeline design

External coatings

  • Pressure
  • Design approaches
  • Diameter sizing
  • Wall thickness for bursting
  • Wall thickness for hydrostatic collapse
  • Wall thickness for local buckling
  • Global buckling
  •  and floating production systems
  • External corrosion and protection
  • Cathodic protection
  • On-bottom stability
  • Thermal insulation and management

Common work

  • Construction survey
  • Route preparation
  • Welding
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT)

Installation methods

Construction support

  • S-lay
  • J-lay
  • Reel-lay
  • Bundles and towed installations
  • Flexibles and umbilicals
  • Landfalls
  • Trenching and burial
  • Pre-commissioning

Tie-ins, spools and risers

Pipeline operations

  • Tie-ins and spools
  • Rigid steel riser installation
  • Flexible riser installations
  • Flow assurance
  • Operational controls
  • Additives
  • Pigging
  • Safety systems

Introduction to pipeline integrity

Pipeline inspection

Failures: frequency and incidents


Risk-based inspection plan

External survey

Internal inspection

Anomaly assessment

Repairs and modifications


  • Repairs
  • Hot taps, tees and wyes
  • Remedial works
  • Regulations
  • Case studies