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Subsea Controls


Exploring Subsea Control Systems: Design, Operation, and Future Developments

This comprehensive programme delves into the intricacies of subsea control systems, focusing on design criteria and system operation. Participants explore crucial factors such as the selection of hydraulic systems, topside and subsea equipment, and the operation of various system interfaces. The programme emphasises the importance of fluid types, cleanliness standards, and intervention strategies, addressing safety, environmental concerns, and future developments. The content covers a wide spectrum, from the initial design considerations to operational aspects, ensuring a holistic understanding of subsea control systems in the context of evolving industry needs and standards.

Interactive Learning

Interactive Learning
Engage in hands-on activities and interactive exercises, helping you become confident in subsea system architecture. 

Industry insights
Industry insights
Gain industry insights into the components of a subsea system, such as trees, controls, and jumpers.

Networking Opportunities

Networking opportunities

Engage in hands-on activities and interactive exercises, helping you become confident in subsea system architecture. 

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

Enhancing Availability and Reliability in Control Systems

In-depth discussions on frequently neglected aspects, like adeptly handling availability and ensuring control reliability, are paramount for professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of control systems. By addressing these nuanced areas, our programme equips delegates with practical insights crucial for navigating real-world challenges in control system management. Delegates choosing our programme can anticipate gaining a holistic perspective, refining their expertise, and enhancing their problem-solving capabilities in the dynamic field of control systems.

Module Highlights

Day 1 - Delving into the Complex Landscape of Subsea Control Systems

Cover key design criteria for subsea control systems, ranging from the selection of systems based on oil or gas considerations, platform types, and distances to reservoirs, to factors like water depth, reservoir pressure and temperature, and the number of wells and functions. The intricate design options, including direct hydraulic, electro hydraulic, and all-electric systems, are explored, along with the essential components of both topside and subsea equipment. From master control stations to subsea umbilicals and control modules, participants will gain a deep understanding of the design intricacies involved in developing reliable and efficient subsea control systems.

Day 2 – Comprehensive Exploration of Subsea Control Systems Operation and Maintenance

Delve into the operation of subsea control systems, exploring system options such as hydraulic and electrical components, redundancy measures, and communication protocols. Understand the complexities of system interfaces, including SCADA, screen mimics, and logging procedures. Gain insights into fluid management, cleanliness standards, wear mechanisms, and intervention strategies, covering safety considerations, workover scenarios, and future developments in subsea processing and well management.


Who should attend?

Design criteria

  • Oil or gas or both
  • Type of platform
  • Distance from platform to reservoir
  • Water depth
  • Reservoir pressure and temperature
  • Number of wells
  • Number of functions
  • Project life expectancy

Selection of system

  • Direct hydraulic
  • Piloted hydraulic
  • Sequence hydraulic
  • Electro hydraulic
  • Multiplex electro hydraulic
  • All electric

Topside equipment

  • Master control station (MCS)
  • Remote operator workstation (ROWS)
  • Electrical power unit (EPU)
  • Uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
  • Hydraulic power unit (HPU)
  • Topside umbilical termination unit (TUTU)
  • Chemical injection unit (CIU)

Subsea equipment

  • Umbilical
  • Subsea umbilical termination unit (SUTU)
  • Subsea distribution unit (SDU)
  • Jumpers/flying leads
  • Electrical/hydraulic connectors
  • Subsea control module (SCM)
  • Subsea electronic module (SEM)
  • Valves

Operation of system

  • System options
  • Hydraulic
  • Electrical
  • Communications
  • Redundancy
  • Signal commands
  • DCV operation

System interfaces

  • Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)
  • Screen mimics
  • Logging on/off
  • Valve opening/closing
  • Valve foot printing
  • Page selection
  • Trending
  • Reports
  • Calculation
  • Inter locks

Fluid types, selection, management and cleanliness

  • Synthetic fluid
  • Water based fluid
  • Environmental legislation
  • Cleanliness manufacturing
  • Cleanliness offshore operations
  • Cleanliness standards
  • Measuring cleanliness
  • Filters
  • Wear mechanisms
  • Flushing

Intervention of system

  • Safety and environment
  • Workover
  • Installation and workover control system (IWOCS)
  • Emergency quick disconnect (EQD)
  • Divers/ROVs
  • Cleanliness standards
  • Inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM)
  • Tools

Future developments

  • Obsolescence
  • Future developments for systems
  • Subsea processing
  • Better well management

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify a range of subsea equipment and its functionality
  • Explain how subsea control systems operate
  • Compare different types of subsea control systems
  • Identify the issues associated with the design and manufacturing of subsea controls equipment
  • Recognise new technologies
Subsea ROV

Meet Your Expert Tutors

Bob Summers

Bob Summers

Subsea Controls

Bob brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our Subsea Controls course. With an impressive background spanning over 20 years in the oil and gas industry, specialising in control systems and training, Bob is exceptionally well-equipped to lead this course. His expertise is particularly beneficial for engineers, technical team leaders, and managers who are looking to deepen their understanding of subsea field development and the intricacies of equipment used in subsea production systems.

Russell Thornton

Russell Thornton

Subsea Controls

Russell, with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, brings extensive expertise to our Subsea Controls course. 

His vast knowledge spans project management, system engineering, and design roles, equipping him to provide in-depth insights into subsea field development and the complexities of subsea production equipment. His mentoring experience ensures that his teaching approach will blend theoretical knowledge with practical insights, helping engineers, technical team leaders, and managers to understand and apply these concepts effectively in their professional roles.

Start Dates

Location Start Date End Date Number of Days Timings
Virtual (Live Instruction)
21st May 2024
22nd May 2024
09:00 to 16:30 (with regular breaks)
Virtual (Live Instruction)
16th September 2024
17th September 2024

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

Your Course Fee



  • Live Classes: Dive into live, interactive sessions focusing on real-time learning and discussions with peers and industry experts.

  • Access to Jeenius Platform: Unlock a realm of additional resources, peer forums, and expert interactions extending your learning beyond the classroom.

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

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