PipeLay

Providing automation and project efficiency for the complex finite element analysis and post processing challenges associated with pipeline installation scenarios in deep and shallow water.
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Developed by Wood Group in collaboration with key industry partners including Allseas, HMC, Petrobras, Shell, Saipem and Technip, PipeLay has been designed from the ground up as a specialised engineering tool for modelling installation scenarios.  

Allowing data to be input in terms more familiar to the pipeline installation engineer rather than the more complex language commonly associated with finite element analysis, PipeLay automates many of the tasks associated with building finite element models, optimising designs, running analyses and presents results in a report-ready format that can be easily customised to accomodate specific user preferences.  

PipeLay has been widely validated against third party software and it is now generally regarded as the superior tool of choice for offshore pipeline installation analysis within the industry today.  

Benefits include:

  • User does not need to be expert in finite element modelling
  • Increased productivity for installation engineers
  • Easy to use, modern Windows™ based application that is actively and continuously developed for today's computing environment
  • Support for all feasible installation scenarios  
  • Sophisticated and accurate finite element solver based on proven Flexcom engine
  • Significant level of detail achievable including complex in-line structures  
  • A single license allows unlimited instances of user interfaces for model building and results viewing

Related Software

OptiLay™
Onboard pipeline installation management software.

Brochure

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Video Tutorials

Video - Tutorial - Walkthrough of Example Application Part 1
Video - Tutorial - Walkthrough of Example Application Part 2
Video - Tutorial - Walkthrough of Example Application Part 3
Video - Tutorial - Walkthrough of Example Application Part 4
Video - Tutorial - Model Component Best Practice
Animation - In-line Structure Installation with Floating Stinger
Animation - Laying over a Scarp with a Continuous Solution
Animation - 1st End PLET Installation with a Continous Solution

Papers

Advancements in Response Prediction Methods for Deep Water Pipe-In-Pipe Flowline Installation
Journal of Ocean Engineering - Localised Assessment of Pipeline Integrity during Ultra-Deep S-Lay Installation