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MAR8091 : Fundamentals of Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Zhiqiang Hu
  • Lecturer: Dr Narakorn Srinil, Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta, Professor Stuart Edwards, Dr Yongchang Pu, Dr Cees van der Land, Dr Alan J Murphy, Mr Jeffrey Neasham
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


A1: To introduce the fundamentals of offshore engineering, subsea engineering and pipeline engineering.
A2: To introduce offshore, subsea and pipeline systems, including exploration, production, development, design, construction, installation, commissioning, control and inspection.
A3: To introduce the requirements of the economic side, safety and environmental issues.
A4: To provide the latest engineering knowledge in the context of offshore survey and hydrocarbon production chain.
A5: To introduce ocean renewable energy, decommissioning, ocean space utilization, and other wider ocean engineering issues.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Offshore oil and gas development.

2. Offshore survey: principles and technologies of offshore survey.

3. Potential flow theory and overview of ocean environmental conditions.

4. Other offshore development: ocean renewable energy, decommissioning and ocean space utilization.

5. Subsea communication and control.

6. Overview of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV).

7. Reservoir geochemistry and chemical processing.

8. Fundamentals of pipelines and flow assurance.

9. Drilling Engineering.

10. Subsea structures, installation and field architecture.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials131:0013:00online teaching materials including recorded lectures, complementary materials, notes and quizzes
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials173:0073:00independent study on lecture materials and general reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion127:0027:00Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading129:0029:00Reading and review of lecture notes for a full understanding of the materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00Present-in-person - Lectures 2-hrs in introduction week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00[PIP] Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Technical visit to offshore industry
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MAR8141Introduction to Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Directed study and the formal lectures will provide an effective method for students to assimilate the knowledge content, define the scope of the syllabus topics and attain the required knowledge and skill (ISO1-3) outcomes. The directed study allows students to work through material at their own pace allowing them to develop an in-depth understanding of the material (IKO1-6).

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A603-hour exam at the end of S1 assessment period
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M40Literature Review of Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject. The exam also assesses problem solving skills, the ability to work unaided and to communicate clearly and concisely in writing. The essay provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their numerical analysis and information literacy skills. The coursework also assesses written communication skills.

Should the public health situation require it, the planned examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by an open book, online examination to be completed within a defined 24 hour period.

Reading Lists