About the course

This course details each phase of the lifecycle of subsea cables used in offshore wind power applications, power interconnectors between oil and gas assets, and transnational networks.

Discussing common failures seen over recent years, the tutor will coach you on how to identify, solve and mitigate issues to avoid down time and costly subsea repairs. This course will help you understand risk management and the root causes of failures, as well as bringing you up-to-date on latest best practice and standards.

Drawing on practical examples and case studies, this course will walk you through each stage of the lifecycle of a cable – from determining a cable route and burial methods, to design and installation, through to structure connections and landfalls. Health and safety considerations are also covered with safety moments demonstrating the need for continuous improvement in order to protect an ever increasing workforce during a risky operation/activity.

This course is ideal for installation contractors, engineers and project managers, as well as insurance and investment professionals looking to better understand the risk of assets they are insuring or investing in.

Learning outcomes

  • Select the correct route for a cable
  • Demonstrate ways to optimise cable protection
  • Compare a variety of installation methods
  • Use worked examples to apply lessons learned to your projects
  • Identify methods to reduce the risk of failure

Project overview

Cable routing

  • Typical project structure
  • Feasibility studies
  • Consenting
  • Environmental impact studies
  • Surveys
  • Route selection
  • Cable production
  • Installation
  • Post-lay activities
  • Case study – Part 1: Overview
  • Selection of route corridor
  • Geophysical survey
  • Route determination
  • Charting
  • Geotechnical survey
  • Burial methods
  • Burial performance prediction
  • Case study – Part 2: Routing

Cable design

  • Cable types for array
  • Export and interconnectors
  • Design qualification
  • Cable performance characteristics
  • Hauling devices and joints
  • Case study – Part 3: Design

Cable installation

Offshore structure connection

  • Pre-installation design and analysis
  • Types of vessel
  • Deck layouts and key installation equipment
  • Surface laying
  • Plough burial
  • ROV burial
  • Other types of burial
  • Rock dumping
  • Case study – Part 4: Installation
  • Cable entry types
  • Entry protection
  • Internal cable management
  • Pull-in analysis
  • Installation equipment and methods
  • Case study – Part 5: Connections


  • Landfall selection
  • Horizontal directional drilled installation process
  • Surface lay and trenched process
  • Landfall joint bay
  • Case study – Part 6: Landfalls