Design of subsea pipelines - Oil and Gas

Virtual classroom

Available dates:
18-21 October 2022


Application course


About the course

This is a vital course to help engineers understand contractors’ output, design houses to apply calculations to projects and regulatory bodies to follow up-to-date industry codes. With discussions around industry developments and the latest technologies, this course explains the principles of subsea pipeline design.

Providing guidance on routing, diameter sizing and materials selection, this course enhances awareness of the numerous factors, which must be considered when designing a pipeline. Explaining how to assess design calculations to industry codes, as well as pragmatic approaches to analysis techniques, the tutor will work through a number of exercises with the learners, to promote application of knowledge learnt.

At a glance

Available dates

18-21 October 2022


4 days (28 study hours)


Virtual classroom




£2,300 plus VAT

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Learning outcomes

  • Describe key considerations for pipeline design
  • Describe rules and process for pipeline routing
  • Explain the process for selecting pipeline diameter
  • Evaluate various pipeline materials and make appropriate recommendations
  • Compare various corrosion protection methods
  • Perform calculations based on industry codes

Course structure

Day by day content

Day one

Pipeline routing

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

Pipeline diameter

  • Sizing for flow
  • Fluid properties
  • Flow fundamentals
  • Single-phase flow
  • Multi-phase flow


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


Day two

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

Day three

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

Day four

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

What past delegates have said

Very interesting. Good opportunity to have an overview of pipeline design

Emanuel Pied, Doris Engineering

Good link made between all the areas of design and very clearly presented methodology to be used by pipeline engineers, thanks to an experienced and patient tutor

Charlotte Tisserand, Doris Enginnering

A must for practicing pipeline engineers worldwide

—Arobome Tony Omozogie, Pipeline Engineer, Chevron Nigeria

Insightful for engineers who have just started in design of offshore pipelines

Harm Kuijpers, Project Engineer Tebodin

Design of subsea pipelines - Oil and Gas

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