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Installation calculations for subsea pipelines

About the course

Anyone involved in the installation analysis of rigid pipelines and modules will benefit from this course’s detailed explanation of installation calculations. Covering all stages of a pipeline’s lifecycle, from pipe-lay to abandonment and recovery, this course will give you the opportunity to practice hand calculations with tutor support.

Assessing a selection of wire sizing for pull-in of pipelines and lowering of modules, this hands-on experience is the perfect platform to boost understanding of industry standards and codes. Giving you the confidence to independently assess and verify calculations, the tutor will guide you through a variety of worked examples and exercises, explaining how they are applied to real life scenarios.

Learning outcomes

  • Perform installation calculations using worked examples
  • Apply industry standards and codes to pipeline installation projects
  • Assess and verify calculations used in pipeline installation projects
  • Employ the principles of holding capacity of soils, simple pile and anchor design
  • Ability to understand and analyse related software

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course bar chart Level Advanced
timer icon Duration 4 Days
clock Study Hours 28
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Also available in house

Upcoming dates

calender London
16 January 2018 - 19 January 2018

About the Tutor

Mike Hawkins
BTech (Hons) CEng FIMechE

Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is Jee’s Technical Director. He has particular expertise in design, pipeline buckling, third party verification, freespan and FE analysis and fatigue assessment. 

Mike teaches the Reeling design calculations course.

Jee Star Logo Installation calculations for subsea pipelines - course contents

Day 1


  • Catenary curves
  • Pipe lay catenary equations
  • Pipe stresses
  • Worked example
  • Exercise
  • Control by tension


  • Bending during S-lay
  • Worked example
  • Exercise
  • Break-over lengths
  • Concrete-coated pipe
  • Horizontal lay curve radii


  • Reeling operations
  • Strain concentration
  • Material qualification
  • Ovalisation and buckling
  • Worked example
  • Exercise

Day 2

Sagbend buckling

  • Local buckling criteria
  • Prediction of buckling in catenary
  • Worked example
  • Exercise
  • Buckle propagation

Barge stability

  • Stable floating bodies
  • Determining vessel stability
  • Free liquid surfaces and suspended loads
  • Modular craft and local barges
  • Worked example
  • Exercise
  • Background information


  • Vessel motions
  • Dynamics during pipe-lay
  • Code criteria
  • Software
  • Worked example
  • Exercise
  • Output analysis
  • Fatigue assessment

Day 3


  • Static and dynamic loads
  • Lifting in air
  • General wave parameters
  • Lifting through wave zone
  • Lowering through water column
  • Lowering onto seabed
  • Worked example
  • Exercise

Rigging design and analysis

  • Rigging equipment
  • Rigging analysis
  • Worked example
  • Exercise

Lugs, deck layouts and sea fastenings

  • Lugs and stiffeners
  • Worked example
  • Exercise
  • Foundations and deck fittings
  • Deck layouts and sea fasteners

Day 4

Pipe pull forces

  • Landfall setup
  • Worked example
  • Exercise
  • Alternative pull set ups
  • Background information

Anchors and piles

  • Anchors
  • Exercise
  • Piles
  • Sheet pile anchorage
  • Worked example
  • Exercise

Abandonment and recovery

  • A&R overview
  • A&R equipment
  • Case study
  • A&R analysis
  • Exercise

  Well organised, well taught and clear  

Enrajda Caralli , Saipem

  A useful insight into calculations involved in offshore construction engineering  

Marin Duplancic Vessel Field Engineer, Saipem

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