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Design of Subsea Pipelines

Subsea Pipeline Design: Principles, Calculations, and Practical Applications

Embark on a comprehensive four-day journey through the design of subsea pipelines. The course begins with an exploration of pipeline routing, including rules and survey methodologies. Delve into material specifications, focusing on material properties and line pipe specifications, followed by an in-depth look at internal and external corrosion prevention methods. Further, master design principles for pipeline strength, tackling challenges such as bursting, collapse, and buckling. The course intricately covers end expansion and spoolpieces, offering practical examples. Conclude with an extensive study of on-bottom stability, encompassing oceanography, hydrodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, and intervention strategies. This programme is your pathway to mastering the complexities of subsea pipeline design

Interactive Learning

Interactive Learning
Engage in hands-on activities and interactive exercises, helping you become confident in key pipeline design principles.    

Industry insights
Industry insights
Gain industry insights into the design process, delving into crucial considerations including material selection, diameter sizing, and on-bottom stability.  

Networking Opportunities

Networking opportunities

Network with like-minded individuals and industry experts working within design 

Enjoy exclusive access to Jeenius platform, a valuable learning resource.

Advanced Techniques and Real-World Applications

Join our Design of Subsea Pipelines course and transform your theoretical knowledge into practical expertise. Through a mix of interactive exercises and expert-led discussions, you will learn how to apply complex design calculations directly to industry codes. This course stands out by not just teaching the fundamentals but by enabling you to implement these principles in real-world scenarios. It's an invaluable opportunity for professionals eager to enhance their practical skills and apply them effectively in the dynamic field of subsea pipeline design.

Module Highlights

Day 1 - Subsea Pipeline Design: Routing, Diameter, and Thermal Insights

Explore the fundamentals of subsea pipeline design. Delve into pipeline routing, covering rules, exercises, route surveys, and alignment sheets. Uncover the intricacies of pipeline diameter, including sizing for flow, fluid properties, and considerations for single-phase and multi-phase flow. Understand thermal design and insulation, addressing the need for thermal design, heat transfer fundamentals, insulation design considerations, and operational challenges in deep water.

Day 2 – Subsea Pipeline Materials and Corrosion: Selection, Properties, and Protection Strategies

Delve into material considerations for subsea pipelines, covering material selection, properties review, and line pipe specification. Explore corrosion prevention strategies, including internal and external corrosion, chemical methods, external coatings, cathodic protection, and anode design, illustrated with practical examples. principles, apply calculations to industry codes, and address operational challenges in deep water

Day 3 –Structural Integrity of Subsea Pipelines

Unpack design principles, addressing bursting, collapse, buckling, and combined stresses, focusing on strain-based design through practical examples. Delve into end expansion and spoolpieces, exploring factors, force considerations, temperature profiles, and practical examples.

Day 4 – Subsea Pipeline Stability: Analysis, Design, and Intervention Strategies

Explore the fundamentals of oceanography, hydrodynamics, and stability analysis in relation to subsea pipelines. Dive into computational fluid dynamics through practical examples. Move on to understanding bottom roughness analysis, span design codes, static assessments, vortex-induced vibrations, and intervention strategies, ensuring the stability and efficiency of subsea pipelines in various environmental conditions.


Who should attend?

Pipeline routing

  • Rules for routing
  • Exercise
  • Route survey
  • Alignment sheets

Pipeline diameter

  • Need for thermal design
  • Fundamentals of heat transfer
  • Pipeline heat transfer
  • Insulation design considerations
  • Insulation systems
  • Application of insulation
  • Operational problems in deep water

Thermal design and insulation

  • Need for thermal design
  • Fundamentals of heat transfer
  • Pipeline heat transfer
  • Insulation design considerations
  • Insulation systems
  • Application of insulation
  • Operational problems in deep water

Materials specification

  • Material selection
  • Review of material properties
  • Specification of line pipe


  • Internal corrosion
  • External corrosion
  • Chemical methods
  • External coatings
  • Cathodic protection
  • Anode design
  • Worked example

Design for strength

  • Design principles
  • Bursting
  • Collapse
  • Buckling and combined stresses
  • Strain-based design
  • Worked example

End expansion and spoolpieces

  • End force and expansion factors
  • End expansion
  • Worked example
  • Temperature profile
  • Spoolpieces
  • Worked example

On-bottom stability

  • Review of fundamentals
  • Oceanography
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Resistance
  • Stability analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Worked example

Bottom roughness and intervention

  • Bottom roughness analysis
  • Span design codes
  • Span assessment
  • Static analysis
  • Vortex-induced vibrations
  • Intervention

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a solid understanding of key considerations for pipeline design
  • Master the rules and processes for pipeline routing
  • Learn how to select the appropriate pipeline diameter based on flow and fluid properties
  • Evaluate various pipeline materials and recommend suitable options
  • Understand various corrosion protection methods and their applications
  • Perform design calculations in compliance with industry codes
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Meet Your Expert Tutors

Martin East

Martin East

CEng, MIMechE, NRA

Martin, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer since 1988, is a cornerstone of Jee's technical expertise, particularly in the realm of finite element analysis (FEA). His profound mastery of the Abaqus non-linear FEA software sets him apart as a leader in his field. Joining Jee in 1996, Martin has been instrumental in steering consultancy projects and advanced analysis, showcasing his deep understanding and practical application of engineering principles. 

Martin's role extends beyond his technical contributions. As one of Jee's most knowledgeable and experienced tutors, he has been at the forefront of delivering many of Jee's training courses. His teaching style is characterised by clarity, depth, and a strong connection to real-world engineering challenges. Martin excels in breaking down complex analytical concepts into understandable segments, making them accessible and engaging for students of all levels. His commitment to education is evident in the way he nurtures and inspires future engineering talent, making him a valuable asset not only to Jee but to the entire engineering community. 

Dem Demetriou

Dem Demetriou

BEng (Hons), MSc, DIC, CEng, FIMarEst, MBA FCMI

With a rich professional journey spanning over two decades, Dem has established himself as a specialist in project management, facilities engineering, and strategic general management. His expertise encompasses Front-End Engineering Design (FEED), detailed and conceptual design, procurement, topsides, and construction. This extensive experience makes him a treasure trove of knowledge and practical insights, particularly in the dynamic field of subsea engineering. 

In his teaching role, Dem brings this wealth of experience to the classroom. His courses are a blend of theoretical knowledge backed by real-world application, offering students a comprehensive understanding of the complexities involved in subsea engineering projects. 

Start Dates

Location Start Date End Date Number of Days Timings
Virtual (via MS Teams)
16th April 2024 
19th April 2024

09:00 to 16:30 (with regular breaks)

Virtual (via MS Teams)
19th November 2024
22nd November 2024

09:00 to 16:30 (with regular breaks)

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  • Industry Expert Interaction: Network and learn from seasoned industry professionals throughout the course, discussing real-world challenges and solutions.

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