‘Subsea pipeline design, construction and operational management has a long history, much of it associated with empirical formulae, analogue data and even ‘rule of thumb’. Specialist disciplines have been formed to capitalise on the computing power of day and enable detailed assessments of fatigue, bucking, stability and corrosion to be undertaken.
Over the years there have been many incremental improvements in the design, construction and operation of subsea pipelines but where will we see the step change that the industry has been searching for? Can a digital twin approach to Subsea pipelines provide this step change?
‘Not all pipelines are made the same’ attempts to articulate the aspiration and, describe the journey that Woodside is currently undertaking to significantly change the way it builds and operates its subsea pipeline systems.’