A Novel Integrity-Assurance Approach for Qualification of Subsea Technologies

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A study has been conducted to develop a methodology in which integrity of the various components of a new technology can be quantified, even in the absence of failure data from the field. The study recognizes the importance of having a common understanding and definition of key principles used in technology qualification (TQ) and a common view of integrity-assurance-acceptance criteria in the oil and gas industry.


The deepwater industry uses TQ as a tool to determine which safety barriers are needed, as well as what level of testing is required. TQs have traditionally focused on technical systems and capabilities at the component level. Much less attention has been given to systematic factors, however.

Knowledge of systems involves understanding of the integrity of technologies during design, construction, operation, and maintenance. It is accepted that there is a lack of common ground and consistency in qualifying new technologies in the subsea industry.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper OTC 27296, “Development of a Novel Integrity-Assurance Approach for Technology Qualification of New Subsea Technologies by Deepstar,” by S. Furtado and H. Hamedifar, DNV GL; K. Mateen, Total; L. Huyse, Chevron; L.M. Rivero, Total; and G. Kusinski,Chevron, prepared for the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, 2–5 May. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2016 Offshore Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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A Novel Integrity-Assurance Approach for Qualification of Subsea Technologies

01 August 2016

Volume: 68 | Issue: 8