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Jee Star Logo Subsea pipelines

About the course

Essential for subsea engineers or those new to the industry, this course provides an overview of the lifecycle of a subsea pipeline. Learners are guided through from design to installation and operation to decommissioning.

Helping learners understand the different components, associated processes and risks, this course includes modules on pipeline design considerations, pipe manufacturing methods and materials selection. With scenario-based exercises on installation methods and analysis of survey results, this course will help learners develop their capabilities in the effective management of subsea pipelines.



Learning outcomes

  • Explain key considerations for pipeline design
  • Compare appropriate manufacturing methods and material selection
  • Apply knowledge of installation processes and construction support to projects
  • Explain the principles of pipeline integrity, including flow assurance and inspection
  • Identify the importance of repairs and  decommissioning
  • Explain regional differences

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timer icon Duration 4 Days
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Upcoming dates

calender Virtual Classroom
16 November 2021 - 19 November 2021

About the Tutors

Alan Smith
BSc (Hons) PhD CEng FIMechE

Alan has over 18 years’ experience in the industry and specialist expertise in integrity management including; fatigue, corrosion, fitness for purpose and defect assessment. Alan also has experience in structural analysis, lifetime extension and design.

Alan teaches the Integrity management of subsea pipelines course.

About the Tutors

Nigel Wright

Nigel has 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry acting as competent person for the integrity of high pressure onshore and subsea pipelines with knowledge of subsea pipeline inspection and repair  methods.  Also involved in technical design audits of new pipelines.  

Nigel teaches our Subsea pipelines and Pigging and plugging courses.

About the Tutors

Graham Wilson
MEng (Hons) CEng MIMechE

Graham is Jee’s Head of Integrity Management and a chartered mechanical engineer with over 15 years’ industry experience. He has particular expertise in integrity management, design, fishing interaction studies and verification.

Graham teaches Integrity management courses, Corrosion defect assessment and Decommissioning programme development and execution. 

About the Tutors

Alan Knowles

Alan has over 30 years’ experience in industry and has particular expertise in the installation and design of onshore and offshore pipelines, flowlines and landfalls and is an expert in finite element analysis.

He teaches the Design and Further design of subsea pipelines, Construction and Installation calculations for subsea pipelines and Reeling calculations.


About the Tutors

Dem Demetriou

Dem is a specialist in project management, facilities engineering, materials engineering and general management and strategy. He has over 20 years’ experience and expertise, in FEED, detailed and conceptual design, procurement, topsides and construction.

Dem teaches the Design and Further design of subsea pipelines, Subsea project delivery and Value engineering for design optimisation.

About the Tutors

Martin East

As a chartered mechanical engineer, since 1988, Martin has been working in finite element analysis and has extensive experience of the Abaqus non-linear FEA software. He joined Jee in 1996 and his responsibilities included consultancy projects and analysis. As one of our most knowledgeable tutors he has presented many of Jee’s training courses.

Jee Star Logo Subsea pipelines - course contents

Day 1

Introduction of pipeline systems

  • Example field layouts
  • Pipeline and cable uses
  • Subsea equipment
  • Platforms and floating production systems
  • Riser configurations

Route selection

  • Survey types
  • Survey techniques
  • Routing of pipelines

Pipe manufacture

  • Rigid steel pipe
  • Flexible pipe


  • Selection for strength
  • Selection for corrosion resistance
  • Clad and lined pipelines

Day 2

Pipeline design

  • Pressure
  • Design approaches
  • Diameter sizing
  • Wall thickness for bursting
  • Wall thickness for hydrostatic collapse
  • Wall thickness for local buckling
  • Global buckling

External coatings

  • External corrosion and protection
  • Cathodic protection
  • On-bottom stability
  • Thermal insulation and management

Common work

  • Construction survey
  • Route preparation
  • Welding
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT)

Day 3

Installation methods

  • S-lay
  • J-lay
  • Reel-lay
  • Bundles and towed installations
  • Flexibles and umbilicals

Construction support

  • Landfalls
  • Trenching and burial
  • Pre-commissioning

Tie-ins, spools and risers

  • Tie-ins and spools
  • Rigid steel riser installation
  • Flexible riser installations

Pipeline operations

  • Flow assurance
  • Operational controls
  • Additives
  • Pigging
  • Safety systems

Day 4

Introduction to pipeline integrity

  • Failures: frequency and incidents
  • PIMS

Pipeline inspection

  • Risk-based inspection plan
  • External survey
  • Internal inspection
  • Anomaly assessment

Repairs and modifications

  • Repairs
  • Hot taps, tees and wyes
  • Remedial works


  • Regulations
  • Case studies

  This is an excellent course for young engineers and experienced ones!  

Robustiano Eyegue, Subsea Engineer, ExxonMobil

  Very good course and it gave a clear understanding of the Subsea pipelines life cycle  

Chike Ehjoh, Inspection Engineer, Total E&P

  Very thorough and systematic approach  

Lars Erik Storck, Team Leader, DONG Energy A/S

  Engaging and thorough overviews of the subsea industry  

Emma McLellan, Horizon Subsea Designer, Chevron

  Greatly structured and thorough overview of offshore pipeline design, installation and maintenance  

Tjerk Bermon, Discipline Engineer, Tebodin

  Jee training course in subsea pipelines has exceeded our expectations. The tutor, the provided material and the whole co-operation have been flawless and truly met our goal to provide a unified knowledge base in subsea pipelines for a big and very diversified audience.  

Ilias Bekiros , Corinth Pipeworks

  Perfect introductory course for anyone looking to learn about subsea pipelines. The tutor kept it interesting and you can tell he is very experienced and passionate about the material taught. Better than can be found at most universities.  

Lukasz Ramowski ,

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