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OI 2016: monitoring structural integrity: understanding risk and reliability

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Photograph taken at Oceanology International 2014. Credit to: Trevor Smeaton

Photograph taken at Oceanology International 2014. Credit to: Trevor Smeaton

The contribution of the monitoring of offshore structures to reduce risk and improve reliability is key to achieving operational efficiencies in the offshore oil and gas industry and is a new topic to come under the conference spotlight at Oceanology International 2016 (OI 2016), the world’s largest marine science and ocean technology exhibition and conference (ExCeL London, 15-17 March).

A half-day session on Wednesday 16 March will look at ‘Monitoring Structural Integrity: Understanding Risk and Reliability’ through the eyes of its co-chairmen, Tom Johnson, President, BMT Scientific Marine Services and Feargal Brennan, Director of Energy, Cranfield University and six experts in the field.

“Those attending the session will learn how regulators, certification authorities and industry practitioners use measurements and monitored information to conduct quantitative assessments of risk and reliability across a range of offshore engineering functions, ” explain Tom Johnson and Feargal Brennan.

“Presentations will address uncertainty and fitness-for-service approaches for non-standard operations and the session discussions will explore how novel technologies can be further developed to better support structural integrity offshore.”

“Presentations in this highly relevant session will be mirrored by some of the exhibits on a packed exhibition showfloor, ” explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions. “Naturally at this challenging time for the offshore industry operational efficiency is vital, and we are delighted to host such an important session. Like all OI 2016 conference streams it is free to attend. Online free registration to the event is at www.oceanologyinternational.com

Down to detail

Taking place on the morning of Wednesday 16 March, Alex Stacy, Structural Inspector, Energy Division, Health & Safety Executive will be addressing ‘Management of risk and reliability in structural integrity during the life cycle of offshore installations by the implementation of structural monitoring techniques’. His presentation will be followed by ‘Design of a monitoring system for determining wellhead fatigue utilisation’ by Prahlad Enuganti, Technical manager, 2H Offshore; and ‘Jackup motions monitoring for safety and operational efficiency’.

Following a short break for networking, Sandip Ukani, Engineer Director, Pulse Structural Monitoring Ltd will be talking about ‘ROV deployable curvature sensor for pipeline span monitoring’; his presentation will be followed by Robert J Barker or BMT Scientific Marine Services who will be considering ‘Marine and structural integrity monitoring for the Glen Lyon FPSO’. The final speaker in the session will be Neptune Geomatics’ Project Manager, Gwilym Conran, looking at ‘NepCAT 3D catenary monitoring system’.

Packed exhibition

There are Canadian, French, German, Irish, Dutch and US national group stands at OI 2016, as well as a diving pavilion; and individual exhibitors come from 32 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK and the USA. Together they take up over 8, 000m2 of stand space making OI 2016 the largest ever held in its 47-year history. In 2014 there were 520+ exhibiting companies and total attendance over the three days of over 8, 400 industry professionals.

OI 2016 is staged in partnership with the SUT and with The Hydrographic Society UK; the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST); the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA); the Marine Technology Society (MTS); and the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) as endorsing organisations.

Further information on all aspects of Oceanology International including visitor registration is available online at www.oceanologyinternational.com and OITeam@reedexpo.co.uk

About Oceanology International

Oceanology International is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine science and ocean technology community, improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. Established in 1969, Oceanology International features the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology, multiple agenda-setting technical conferences, and a visiting vessels and waterside demonstration programme.

The Oceanology International portfolio includes:

  • Oceanology International 2016 (15-17 March 2016, ExCeL London, UK): will build on the success of the 2014 show, which attracted 8, 410 participants – an increase of 10% over 2014. Exhibitor figures at the world’s largest marine technology and ocean science show were higher than ever before with 528 exhibiting companies from 35 countries. www.oceanologyinternational.com
  • Catch the Next Wave 2016 Now in its third edition, Catch the Next Wave is an exclusive conference taking place on 14 March 2016, the day before Oceanology International 2016 at the prestigious Royal Institution, London.  The event takes a longer term view of the capabilities that will shape our future ability to explore, understand, exploit and protect the oceans, with a focus this year on next generation robotics and automation.  www.ctnwconference.com
  • Oceanology International China 2016 The fourth show in the annual series will be held 9-11 November 2016, CECIS, Shanghai, China. Developed with government and industry associations it provided organisations with the opportunity to capitalise on China’s rapidly growing offshore energy and marine industries. www.oichina.com.cn/en
  • Oceanology International North America 2017 (14-16 February, 2017, San Diego Convention Center). The launch of this biennial conference and exhibition is in line to attract more than 2, 000 marine energy professionals and 250 paying conference delegates. www.oceanologyinternationalnorthamerica.com

Further press information:

  • Issued on behalf of Oceanology International 2016 by Judith Patten @ JPPR. Email: judithpatten@jppr.uk.com; Tel: +44 (0)20 8241 1912; Fax: +44 (0)20 8940 6211.
  • Photographs taken at Oceanology International 2014 are available from Judith Patten.
  • Our preview material ‘What They’re Showing’ (currently runs to well over 30 pages, but more will be available shortly!) is now available on request from Judith Patten. It includes news of exhibitor launches and other featured exhibits; a diary of events at OI 2016 is also being put together. Both sorts of information can be tailored to your requirements on length, content and deadline.

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