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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.

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 online, with a final exam that you must sit in person. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you. We’ll help you locate an exam centre in your area for your final exam.

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

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.

Training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, 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.

Where will this take me?

Pipelines and Soil Mechanics is one of a suite of Engineering short courses that we offer online. These can be used to build up credits towards higher qualifications, including postgraduate Engineering degrees.

Find out more about credits.

Further learning

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.
  • Available to study online or on campus.

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.

Course coordinator

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
18 January 2021
Cost
£925