Digital subsea - integrity management and monitoring

New techniques, strategies and technology to monitor subsea infrastructure

Monday, June 2, 2014, Aberdeen, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Aberdeen Treetops

Our "Digital Subsea" conference in Aberdeen Hilton Treetops hotel on Monday June 2, looked at new techniques, strategies and technology to monitor the integrity of subsea infastructure.

Topics included subsea video, acoustic fibre optic monitoring, well head monitoring, leak detection and monitoring electrical connections, with speakers from Oceaneering, Pulse, WFS, Optasense and Bennachie Electronics.

Subsea technology has made great advances - but is still limited by our abiilty to monitor, communicate and control what is happening on the seabed, and operate subsea equipment.

The better we can work with subsea equipment from the shore, the more we can ensure equipment reliability and integrity, and the more equipment we can be comfortable running on the seabed.

The prize is enormous - recovery rates from subsea developments are often less than half of what is seen from conventional topside developments, according to Paal Kibsgaard, CEO of Schlumberger (speaking at the Trondheim Integrated Operations conference in September 2013).


8:30 Welcome coffee


Karl Jeffery - Editor - Digital Energy Journal

Introduction / safety announcement

Karl Jeffery is editor of Digital Energy Journal and managing director of Future Energy Publishing, which also publishes Tanker Operator magazine and Carbon Capture Journal. He was previously co-founder and editor of Digital Ship Ltd, a publishing company focussing on IT in the shipping sector. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

Digital Energy Journal
Founded in 2006, Digital Energy Journal is the world's leading magazine for digital technology in the upstream oil and gas industry, covering developments in exploration, drilling and production, covering IT infrastructure, software, automation and people. We produce 6 issues per year, distributed by print and pdf, and an e-mail newsletter every Friday

Mark Stevens - Director of Communications & Application Development - Oceaneering

Developments with live video and telemetry subsea

Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense and aerospace industries.

Ian Crowther - Executive VP - WFS Technologies

Case study: wireless subsea data communications for Baker Hughes and i-Tech 7

Talk Description.
Case studies: Wireless monitoring for pipeline pre-commissioning for Baker Hughes with the use of Seatooth PP

Successful deployment of Viewtooth, the wireless subsea video camera, in streaming live videos for i-Tech 7 in Australia.
Experienced senior management professional with proven relationship building, organisational, and leadership skills. Strong track record of delivering business development success, particularly within an international context. Well-developed communication and negotiation skills complement extensive public and private sector experience of business-to-business sales and marketing.

WFS Technologies
WFS is the world leader in subsea wireless automation and SIoT solutions for the Offshore Industries. Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, the company has invested over 250 man-years in the development of unique communications, power management and edge analytics technologies resulting in the filing of over 300 patents. WFS delivers wireless communications and automation solutions to the world's leading Oil & Gas operators and Defense organisations.

Brian Taylor - regional sales manager - Pulse Structural Monitoring

Case study: a North Sea wellhead fatigue monitoring project

Talk Description.
Case study of a real time well head integrity monitoring system for a North Sea operator conducting workover and intervention work

Why taller stacks and old wells have particular problems with fatigue monitoring

Measure displacement and angle of the BOP stack to calculate accumulated fatigue damage in wellhead and conductor

Real time data provided to the rig, and reports to shore every 2 hours, to ensure allowable fatigure limit is not reached
Brian Taylor joined PULSE at the beginning of 2012 and has responsibility for the business in the EMEA and APAC (Asia-Pacific) regions. Although a relative newcomer to the subsea environment, Brian has 20+ years supply instrumentation and control solutions to the process industries

Pulse Structural Monitoring
Pulse Structural Monitoring is the leader in marine structural monitoring and has been responsible for the provision of highly successful monitoring systems and services since 1998.
10:45 Coffee


Alex Collie - Principal engineer - Bennachie Electronics Ltd

Condition monitoring of old subsea equipment

Talk Description.
Monitoring leaks on old subsea well heads
Monitoring electrical connections on old subsea control systems
Case study - predicting the failure rate of a subsea well head
Principal Engineer with 27 years Oil & Gas experience (both offshore & onshore, and also onshore Petro-Chemical).

Responsible for a team of controls engineers looking after all ConocoPhillips & Britannia operational assets, and Technical Authority input to on-going capital projects.

Practical knowledge of Electrical, Instrumentation & Subsea Controls, including Electro-Hydraulic Umbilicals, EPU’s, HPU’s, MCS, DCS & Subsea / Topside Interfaces.

Practical experience of extending the life of existing topsides systems by deploying the power of VMware to replace legacy topsides systems on state of the art modern hardware.

Complete understanding of entire production system, from downhole completion to product export.

Can't isn't an answer.

Specialties: Delivering innovative and bespoke solutions to controls issues / problems, both for the Oil & Gas Subsea Sector and for Renewables.
Part of the group which assisted IMCA with the new D 045 Safe Use of Electricity Underwater Guidelines. On behalf of several Operators and Contractors developed a process of how to quantify when it is safe for divers to work adjacent to live electrical systems.

Bennachie Electronics Ltd
11:45 Panel discussion with all morning speakers: How much can the subsea industry in general be improved via better integrity monitoring? What are the most interesting recent developments?

12:15 Lunch

Sponsors of this event

Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense and aerospace industries.

Registered Delegates

Bernard Hunt
Managing Director
Asset Integrity Consultants Ltd
United Kingdom
Katherine Fair

Fifth Ring
Ian Crowther
WFS Wireless for Subsea
Paul Cummins

Aubin Ltd.
Lee Preston
Technical Sales Manager
GE Oil and Gas
United Kingdom
Brian Taylor
Account Manager
United States
Alex Collie
Principal engineer
Bennachie Electronics Ltd
Gordon Dykes
Ops manager
GE oil and gas
george gair
group inspection and integrity manager
subsea seven
Panas Kalliantas
news editor
Digital Energy Journal
Paul Binns
Global Initiatives Leader
General Electric Oil and Gas
Jim Jamieson
Technology Manager
Karl Jeffery
Digital Energy Journal
United Kingdom
Jim Maitland
Client Exec
United Kingdom
Keith Grabham
Data Management Manager
United Kingdom
Danielle Mcallister

Fifth Ring
Conor Bannerman

Johnny Montgomerie
Business Development Manager
Hannah Blewett

Fifth Ring
Mark Stevens
Application Development