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SESS6070 Offshore Engineering & Analysis

Module Overview

Offshore infrastructure forms a key part of our global communication, energy generation, material transport and environment monitoring networks. This module examines the general engineering concepts and analytical techniques that are fundamental to design, operate and decommission offshore fixed, floating and seabed infrastructure in a safe, sustainable way. This includes learning about the different types of sites, platforms, and monitoring/decommissioning requirements. The module introduces analytic and numeric methods for predicting the wind, wave and current loads on offshore structures and the engineering design of different systems to ensure their safety and performance under these expected loads. The module suits a range of career pathways linked to our marine, maritime and offshore energy industries.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The pros and cons of different approaches to offshore systems and solutions throughout and beyond the design life cycle of the structure.
  • The underpinning principles of fluid-structure interaction and the whole life loading of different offshore structures.
  • The underpinning concepts and design principles needed for different offshore structures to maintain their position and stability.
  • The acquisition of laboratory data; computational statistical analysis of data; and development of informed design arguments in a group setting.
  • The different ways in which offshore systems can affect the environment during installation, operation, during and after decommissioning, and methods to monitor these.
  • The principal issues related to the selection of structure type, method of analysis and modelling approach for novel offshore scenarios in shipping, offshore oil & gas production and renewable offshore energy extraction.

Syllabus

• General overview of offshore operations and environment • Motivations for having offshore infrastructure & physical scales • Types of offshore structures • Hydrostatics and wave/body dynamics laboratory • Offshore planning and development • Engineering systems for platform stability and station keeping – structures and foundations • Stability of seabed infrastructure • Decommissioning and environmental monitoring • General FSI framework

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Tutorials and coursework. • Lecture notes/slides including case study and analysis examples • Laboratory experiment of offshore related structures in waves Learning activities include • Directed reading/independent learning • Problem solving exercises using worksheets • Report-writing for the assignments • Coursework include analytic, numeric, and data analysis tasks

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice12
Lecture24
Follow-up work36
Tutorial12
Revision30
Completion of assessment task21
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Resources and the reading list will be available on blackboard.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Referral Method - 100% exam.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Examination  (120 minutes) 70%
Laboratory 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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