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Advanced onboard software system to monitor and plan pipeline installation operations from the bridge of a pipe laying vessel.

The installation of offshore pipelines is becoming ever more challenging with greater demands being placed on the contractor to maximise productivity and efficiency while at same time minimising risk to pipeline integrity. The achievement of these significant and sometimes conflicting objectives requires careful analysis, planning and decision making processes both before and during project execution.

OptiLay has been specifically developed to help optimise such processes. OpitLay uses real time measurements and simulations to provide greater clarity for decision making, improved vessel productivity, saving on survey costs and better control over as-laid pipeline integrity.

OptiLay automatically takes outputs from existing vessel measurement systems (e.g. DP, WAVEX, MRU, load cells, tensioners, etc.) and uses them to predict and display the behaviour of the pipeline under prevailing and forecast conditions.

The general capabilities of the system include pipeline integrity monitoring, workstation production monitoring and motion and load monitoring. It is also worth noting that additional or unique project requirements can be facilitated through customisation and configuration of each OptiLay deployment.

OptiLay provides both operators and installation contractors with significant benefits, which translate into direct cost savings and enhanced pipeline integrity. Such benefits include:

  • Optimisation of offshore planning by providing clarity on product integrity for present and future conditions. OptiLay helps establish an optimum time frame for performing key operations, such as initial start-up, abandonment, recovery, etc., to maximise productivity.
  • Real time outputs alert offshore personnel of potential risks to product (and vessel) integrity. For example, fatigue standby time, layback limits or clashing.
  • Improved understanding of where and when there are delays in the production process due to workstation overruns, QC inspections or repairs. Such understanding can lead to potential cost recognition and future productivity gains.
  • Reduction in the need for continuous product departure and ROV touchdown monitoring, resulting in survey cost savings.
  • Reduction in conservatism, with simulations based on realistic measurements rather than restrictive assumptions.

Contact us to discuss your pipeline installation planning and monitoring needs.

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