Hello again, readers, and welcome to the September issue of our journal.
We’ve some exciting papers this quarter for you to read, which you will see
listed below. Historically, some of the SPE journals have not been peer
reviewing papers as quickly as we would like. Our target is to publish papers
within 12 months of submittal. We recently have taken steps to improve this and
I can report that the number of papers that are being peer reviewed for more
than 12 months has been reduced to less than ¼ of the number from this time
Please consider writing a paper for our journal. We may accept any technical
paper for review on all aspects of onshore and offshore surface facilities
design, project management, operations, and abandonment, including subsea,
fixed and floating production systems; pipelines; midstream natural gas (LNG,
CNG, GTL plants, terminals, and transportation); carbon capture and storage;
project valuation; integrated asset modeling; remote monitoring and control;
safety; risk; reliability; human factors; and environmental management. We are
particularly interested in papers that report fundamental research and
development, new approaches, applications, and insights to these subjects.
OTC 17945/SPE 120022--Pipeline Walking--Understanding the Field Layout
Challenges and Analytical Solutions Developed for the Safebuck JIP. This is
an interesting paper that explains the mechanism of pipeline walking which for
future developments needs to be carefully considered so that pipeline failures
caused by this mechanism can be avoided. It’s easy reading and rich with
OTC 19493/SPE 120077—Interaction Model for Steel Compliant Riser on Soft
Seabed. This paper proposes a model to understand the fatigue damage at the
seafloor caused to SCRs hanging off a floater in deep water. It’s a
satisfyingly complex paper, with plenty of equations to exercise the grey
SPE 110116--Multiphase Flow Modeling Based on Experimental Testing: An
Overview of Research Facilities Worldwide and the Need for Future
Developments. This is an interesting paper that should help facilitate
experimental multiphase research and increase the utilization of such
facilities. I would encourage you to contact the authors if you know of any
flow loops that are not included in this paper.
SPE-110211--Why It Is Difficult to Learn Lessons: Insights From Decision
Theory and Cognitive Science. This paper confirms the human (at least my
own) experience that one learns from one’s own mistakes. However, in the real
world, mistakes can be costly, and the authors set out some key methods to help
understand the learning process and how to facilitate learning from others’
mistakes, and not just one’s own.
SPE 111505--Performance Characteristics for an Interstitially Insulated
Coaxial Pipe Using Wire-Screen Mesh for Deepwater Applications. It was a
pleasure to read in this paper about a new concept for subsea pipeline
insulation and the amazing results from the experimental work described.
Hopefully we will see the technology deployed in the near future.
SPE 111672--The Use of QRA To Inform the Design of a High-Pressure
Onshore Pipeline. The pipeline that is discussed in this paper is outside
the scope of the applicable design codes, and so this paper described the QRA
methodology and result that was used to demonstrate that the pipeline design
was safe. It’s a longer paper, but well worth the read.
Well, that’s it for this issue. I hope that you enjoy reading the papers
just as I do in reviewing them and writing this editorial. On behalf of the
Editorial Review Committee, I would like to say a big thank you for
subscribing. Good bye!