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Since 1988

Jee Star Logo Subsea controls

About the course

Ideal for anyone new to subsea controls or working in associated support roles, this course explains how control systems operate and the engineering principles involved.

This course will give learners the opportunity to see what different parts of the system look like, get an independent comparison of the kit and equipment available, and gain a greater insight into this specialist area. Key areas that are often overlooked will be discussed in detail, such as managing availability and the reliability of controls.

**Please note that the Virtual Classroom is split over 4 days: 2nd, 3rd, 6th & 7th December 2021 from 1300 - 1700 GMT**

*Last date to benefit from the Early Bird rate is 21st October 2021

*Full prices £1,150/$1,600 (VAT added where applicable)

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

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timer icon Duration 2 Days
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Upcoming dates

calender Virtual Classroom
2 December 2021 - 7 December 2021

About the Tutors

Bob Summers
Training specialist

Bob has over 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and specialises in control systems and training. He has substantial experience of developing training courses and is a consultant to the European Economic and Social Committee for standardising vocational skills.

Bob teaches the Subsea controls course.

About the Tutors

Tim Clark
BTech (Hons) CEng MIMechE

Tim has over 35 years' oil industry experience with 25 years dedicated to subsea projects working for major operators BP and Shell with responsibility for front-end engineering, detailed design, construction, commissioning and operation of both shallow and deepwater subsea field development.

Tim is a chartered mechanical engineer with expertise in subsea production systems and subsea field development.

Jee Star Logo Subsea controls - course contents

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

  Bob Summers brings a vast amount of expertise mixed with a great sense of humour to keep you engaged and help the information stick  

Deitrick Franklin, Subsea Projects Engineer, Chevron

  Very good. Took a lot from it  

Christopher Price , Chevron

  Provided a concise high level summary of the subsea controls scope that is appropriate for engineers new to subsea and other disciplines working with subsea equipment  

Jason Garica , Chevron

  Engaging presentation and thorough explanation of subsea control systems and components  

Ross Provan, Subsea Project Engineer, Chevron

  Excellent course and brilliant foundation for building on subsea control knowledge  

Milan Marriner, Operations Engineer, E.ON

  Great training providing fundamentals of subsea controls  

Fajar Tridianto, Subsea Engineer, Chevron

  Excellent facilitation and enviable technical depth from Bob Summers  

Richard Oyiborhoro ,

  This course was fantastic for providing a solid foundation and context for each function of a Subsea Control System. The pace of the course was ideal and there were plenty of opportunities to interact and ask questions throughout  

Andrew Plenderleith ,

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