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Subsea Standardization: Finding Common Ground

9 – 10 April 2013

San Antonio, Texas USA | Omni La Mansión del Rio

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 9 April , 0800-0815

Chairperson’s Welcome


Session I: Grounding – “The Rules”

Chairs: Don Wells, Hess; Werner Menz, Cameron

This introductory session will set the tone for this game-changing and valuable workshop. It will place a stake in the ground with a presentation about past efforts and where we currently stand as an industry. It will eliminate excuses with a presentation about how other industries have made it work to the benefit of everyone involved. But most of all, it will wake everyone up, introduce the challenge we face, and establish the permission, and reason to deliver…and make it work!


Session II: The Current State of the Operators – “The Now”

Chairs: Jeff Jones, ExxonMobil; Steve Barrett, FMC Technologies; Jeff McCalla, Statoil

This session will explore and characterize the key drivers and challenges to subsea standardization from the operators’ perspective. General industry progress and examples will be presented, as well as specific standardization initiatives within several operators. The current state of critical differences between operators will be compared, and the next steps and vision for the future will be offered.


Session III: The Current State of The Suppliers – “The Now”

Chairs: Gary Hurta, Dril-Quip; John Rokstad, Aker Solutions

This session will identify and discuss the difficulties suppliers have with promoting standardization efforts in the area of subsea production systems and equipment. Presentations and discussions will focus on what the suppliers see as “barriers” to standardization efforts and to the “drivers” that cause suppliers to strive for standardized systems and equipment. The following questions will be addressed and answered:

  • What role do suppliers play in standardization efforts?
  • Does standardization affect suppliers intellectual property (confidentiality)?


Session IV: Opportunity Landscape – “The What”

Chairs: David Morgan, Cameron; Per Arne Nilsen, Total

This session will take the information and ideas from the first three sessions and use them as grounding for discussions in a series of breakout groups. Through the course of Session IV, the breakout groups will discuss and identify a list of agreed actions to initiate and advance subsea standardization. The list will be compiled into three categories—quick wins, short term efforts, and long term efforts, and will form the landscape to Session V, “The Path to Standardization”. It is expected the groups will explore options such as:

  • What potential roles can international standards like API and ISO play to ensure global alignment to some main standardization principles?
  • Will it be beneficial to initiate global joint industry project s (JIPs) with operators and contractors working together to create more detailed guidelines and methods for the implementation of standards?
  • Are there any significant show stoppers, and if so, what are the possible actions to mitigate such show stoppers?
  • Is it realistic to assume global international standardization can be achieved to some level or are there regional differences that will need to be considered first?

This session will be divided over Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. It will start with a overview of Sessions I, II, and III, prior to the group work sessions. A preliminary summary by each group will close out Tuesday afternoon to initiate intergroup collaboration during the evening social functions. Wednesday morning the groups will meet again to confirm, summarize, and present their three category imitative lists that should be considered in Session V.

Wednesday, 10 April, 0800-0930

Session IV (Continued): Opportunity Landscape – “The What”


Session V: Path to Standardization – “The How”

Chairs: Frank Adamek, GE Oil & Gas; Kerry Kirkland, Stress Subsea

This session will be used to define a process for achieving subsea standardization. The initial effort will include a discussion of historical successes in standardization and potential targets for consideration by this workshop. Key elements will include those items identified in the 2008 workshop—quality, welding, and materials. Potential mechanisms will be discussed such as service data objectives (SDOs), JIPs, and a list of potential milestones and deliverables will be considered.


Session VI: Validation – “The Commitment to Action”

Chairs: Tim Dean, Anadarko; Dan Postler, Hamilton Group

Having heard suppliers’ and users’ viewpoints and challenges on subsea standardization, where do we go from here? Our closing session will focus on defining a realistic and achievable next state and developing an action plan to get there. We will lay the groundwork for an industry collaborative effort to take the subsea standardization message to management, and implement our first steps in manufacturing and using equipment built to these standards.