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Gain focused skills in the design and operation of offshore pipelines.

Develop your understanding of the engineering and scientific concepts that underpin the selection of materials, pipeline size, safe installation and operation, and environmental impact.

Learn from industry and academic experts, with a university at the forefront of teaching and professional training for ambitious engineers in global oil and gas.

Advance your career, whether you’re a graduate engineer working in the offshore industry or looking to move into it. Access our expertise and support wherever you’re based, with part-time hours to fit around your existing commitments.

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards our Masters in Subsea Engineering.

What will I study?

You’ll study the engineering and scientific concepts that underpin the selection of material and size of seabed pipelines, safe installation and operation, and environmental impact.

You’ll develop your knowledge of materials engineering and selection, and failure and degradation issues in a subsea environment, including life-cycle analysis.

You’ll also examine reasons for failure, and how failure analysis is applied in the design process.

Topics covered on your course include:

  • Overview of pipeline design, including commercial and environmental considerations, national and international design codes, and technological challenges.
  • Site investigation and pipeline routing, including soil classification, site survey and preparation, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requirements, human and environmental factors.
  • Design based on stress analysis.
  • Design against failure, including buckling and collapse.
  • Pipeline on-bottom stability, hydrodynamic loads on pipelines, pipeline-soil interaction response and modelling, pipeline seabed spanning response and evaluation.
  • External corrosion of pipelines and its prevention.
  • Pipeline ancillary equipment design, including PLEMs, protection devices, etc.
  • Pipeline installation methods and installation analysis techniques.

Throughout the course you’ll develop expertise in the use of pipeline design standards (eg, BSPD8010 and DNV-OS-F101).

And you’ll become proficient in using industry-standard software, with the huge advantage this brings when you step into a real-life industry project as a professional pipeline engineer.

By the end of this course, you will…

  • Understand the relationship between pipeline manufacturing processes and the evolution of mechanical properties.
  • Be aware of the different forms of pipeline installation and loading, and be able to calculate the associated stresses and strains.
  • Understand the fundamentals of soil mechanics and various geophysical and geotechnical survey techniques.
  • Know the Health and Safety requirements and legislation associated with pipeline design and installation.
  • Have the skills to carry out detailed subsea pipeline design to industry standards, including modelling and designing support structures like mattresses and berms.
  • Engage in the development of innovative technologies for continuous improvements of subsea pipeline systems.
  • Be equipped to design against pipeline failure, including corrosion.

How will I study?

This Pipelines and Soil Mechanics course is delivered part-time online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our MSc in Subsea Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level.

Onlne learning

Your training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • video lectures
  • online tutorials
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues, tutors and professional subsea engineers.

Your tutors

You’ll Learn from academic and industry experts in mechanical and civil engineering, with lectures delivered by highly experienced subsea engineers working in the industry today.

Industry input

You’ll benefit from direct input from an Industry Advisory Board. It constantly reviews course content to ensure you’re gaining the latest industry knowledge and are up to speed with emerging trends, technologies and career opportunities.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed entirely online.

This course usually combines online assessment with a written exam that you attend in person. However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place until January 2022 at the earliest.

Your course coordinator

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards further study, including our:

Masters in Subsea Engineering

  • Accredited by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Energy Institute.
  • Prepares you to make an immediate impact in your chosen career in the subsea industry.
  • Available to study online or on campus.

Build your learning

We offer a range of specialist online Engineering courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:

Careers

This course is designed to develop the careers of engineers in all sectors of industry, and other professionals involved in the design of systems, processes, buildings, workplaces or products.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics
  • or three years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training.

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Start date
25 January 2021
Cost
£925