Prof. Andrew E. Potts now a Fellow of ATSE

Prof. Andrew E. Potts now a Fellow of ATSE

In a media release yesterday, it was announced that AMOG’s CEO, Professor Andrew Potts was elected by the Academy as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

ATSE is an independent body of 800 eminent Australian scientists and engineers enhancing Australia’s prosperity through technology and innovation. Each year, the Academy seeks to elect Fellows from a wide array of sectors and specialisations. Fellows include key business leaders and academics, prominent commercial innovators, professional and business leaders, and respected public sector figures.

Professor Potts will be formally inducted into the Academy in a private ceremony later this year and the the team at AMOG would like to extend their congratulations.

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Record Year for Offspring SPM Ropes

Record Year for Offspring SPM Ropes

Offspring International (OIL) achieved a record year for single point mooring (SPM) ropes in 2017, confirming its position as the world’s leading supplier of SPM hawsers. OIL has also extended its exclusive worldwide agency agreement for SPM ropes with Lankhorst Euronete Portugal.

“New projects in a number of fields, as well as the continuation of our partnership with Lankhorst, resulted in a very successful 2017. The combination of Lankhorst’s high quality hawsers and Offspring’s dedicated support provides terminal operators with excellent system service life,” commented OIL sales and marketing director, Mark Brooks.

Optimising Rope Service Life

Rope performance and service life are dependant on the local environmental and operational conditions. To optimise a rope’s service life operators should observe the specific mooring conditions experienced and develop dedicated inspection, handling and maintenance procedures in response to the mooring environment and operating practices.

Utilising Lankhorst’s dedicated rope testing facility in Portugal, Offspring International can assist operators to assess the performance of their single point mooring ropes; this enables moorings to be operated safely whilst maximising service life and minimising cost-of-ownership.

For more information on Offspring International’s range of mooring and offloading systems call +44 (0)1384 453880, or email: mail@offspringinternational.com

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SNAME Offshore Symposium- AMOG Presenting

SNAME OFFSHORE SYMPOSIUM - AMOG PRESENTING

AMOG will be presenting two technical papers at the 23rd SNAME Offshore Symposium in Houston, TX, on February 14, 2018. Project Engineer with AMOG Consulting Inc, Phillip Kurts, will be presenting on both the The Efficacy of Inverted Helical Strakes, and the Optimization of Calm Buoy Export Terminal Availability.

In the offshore industry, the search for efficient geometries to utilize on Drilling Riser Buoyancy Modules (DRBMs) for drag and Vortex-Induced Vibration (VIV) reduction has introduced a number of solutions, including Inverted Helical Strakes (IHS). Typically, during high current events the drag on a drilling riser is a function of the VIV amplitudes generated, and the resulting drag amplification. AMOG’s paper on The Efficacy of Inverted Helical Strakes provides a critical review of the existing literature and presents the results of water channel tests performed by the authors on various embodiments of inverted helical strakes in both fixed and free vibration modes.

AMOG’s paper on Optimization of Calm Buoy Export Terminal Availability presents a method for evaluating the design of export terminals based on simulated decision making. This method facilitates understanding key parameters  for the terminal such as production requirements, storage capacity, export operation limits and offloading rates. The outputs of the analysis are suitable for risk based analysis of the effect of changes to terminal design.

 

Session Details:

Paper: The Efficacy of Inverted Helical Strakes

Session: Morning Session 1 : Hydrodynamics

Location: Pecan Room

Presenter: Phillip Kurts, AMOG Consulting Inc

 

Paper: Optimization of Calm Buoy Export Terminal Availability

Session: Morning Session 3 : Design and Operations

Location: Red Oak Ballroom A

Presenter: Phillip Kurts, AMOG Consulting Inc

 

A full copy of the agenda can be found here

 

Find out more about the SNAME Offshore Symposium.

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Offspring International Expands Mooring Chain Capacity

Offspring International expands mooring chain capability

Offspring International (OIL) has extended its range of chain to offer larger offshore grade chain and full project management services for offshore mooring systems. Offshore mooring projects that were previously handled by OIL’s sister company, Sanmar Chain, will now be managed by Offspring International.

Offspring customers will experience the same high level of service with OIL continuing to work closely with clients to consider the overall project picture, rather than the scope of chain supply in isolation. Offspring achieves this by incorporating the highest project management skills and overseeing manufacturing standards throughout the entire project process, from contract review, through manufacturing to testing, inspection, certification, final dispatch and documentation.

Sales and marketing director for OIL, Mark Brooks, comments “Combining the resources of Offspring International and Sanmar Chain will serve customer’s projects more effectively. OIL has over 25 years of offshore mooring experience and a proven track record; working with Sanmar’s existing team in China will ensure continued success”.

Offshore Chain

Offspring International offers stud link and studless mooring chains up to and including 187mm diameter in all offshore grades: R3, R3S, R4, R4S, and R5. Offspring staff have experience in managing chain projects including Spar platforms, CALM buoys, MODUs, and all mooring configurations for FPSOs, FSOs, FPUs etc.

Sanmar Chain International has a successful track record in supplying chain to offshore projects in the Gulf of Mexico, South America, West Africa, South East Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, India and the Mediterranean.

For more information on Offspring International’s range of mooring and offloading systems call +44 (0)1384 453880, email: mail@offspringinternational.com

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AMOG Presenting at SLOM 2017

AMOG PRESENTING AT SLOM 2017

Once again, AMOG has been invited to present at SLOM XIII – Jornada de Operadores de Terminales Maritimo Petroleros y Monoboyas. Director of Latin America, Andrés Tovar, will be presenting two of AMOG’s most respected Joint Industry Projects; SCORCH y FEARS Proyectos de Investigación para Entender la Corrosión en Activos Marinos Dinámicos, on Thursday 5th October at 14:30. If you would like to ask Andrés more questions about the presentation or AMOG, please drop by the AMOG Coffee Break Space on Wednesday 4th October at 10:30am and/or at 16:00.

about slom

The Sociedad Latinoamericana de Operadores de Terminales Maritimo Petroleros y Monoboyas (SLOM) is backed by some of the most important companies in the industrial and maritime sector. SLOM 2017 aims to share experiences and learned lessons in the operation and maintenance of Marine Oil Terminals, including those who have Monobuoy offshore facilities. The event’s objective is to make our Marine Oil Ports safer, cleaner and more efficient and competitive. This annual conference is the best forum for learning about new technologies and specialized products and services for the oil, marine and port sector of Latin America, and from around the world.

SLOM 2017 will be held in Cartagena, Colombia, 3-5 October for 2017. 

For more information, please visit the SLOM website.

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AMOG Presenting at IAM Asset Management Conference in the UK

AMOG PRESENTING AT IAM ASSET MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE IN THE UK

Over the past few years, a number of major failures of the mooring system on offshore oil floating production facilities have occurred, resulting in significant production and financial loss, whilst fortuitously avoiding environmental damage. 

Delivered by the Institute of Asset Management (IAM), AMOG’s Director of Offshore, Chris Carra, will be presenting at the 2017 Asset Management Conference in London, UK (21-22 November) to talk about the journey the offshore industry has recently undergone in relation to a fundamental rethink of the approach to mooring integrity. His presentation will address the key aspects of this approach; demonstrated through the use of a real-world case study. Chris will also discuss how the principles in the approach to mooring integrity have been transferred to applications in other industries, in particular the mining industry, and the lessons for emergent industries such as the offshore renewable energy sector, mining equipment, and transport infrastructure.

Chris Carra will be presenting on Day Two of the Asset Management Conference (Wednesday 22nd November) in the 11:55am Session. 

For more information, please see the Asset Management Conference 2017 Programme.

The IAM is the professional body for those involved in acquisition, operation and care of physical assets – especially critical infrastructure. In particular, the Institute is for professionals worldwide who are dedicated to furthering their knowledge and understanding of Asset Management.

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Increase Terminal Safety & Availability with Offspring International at SLOM 2017

Increase Terminal Safety & Availability with Offspring International at SLOM 2017

Offspring International (OIL) will be attending SLOM 2017, the 13th edition of the event, in Colombia on 3-5 October. OIL has co-authored two papers for the conference with Paladon Systems’ Brian Ennever presenting ‘PLEM Valve Control Options’ and, Offshore Ops’ Paul Wartnaby presenting ‘Hawser Load Monitoring: The Intension of Tension’.

PLEM valve control is an area of growing importance for terminal managers as the smooth operation of these valves is critical to maximising tanker movements and trouble-free scheduling. Offspring International offers a range of PipeLine End Manifold (PLEM) control systems under an exclusive agreement with valve actuator manufacturer Paladon Systems. The PLEM valve control systems can be operated from the surface or subsea, and autonomously with the innovative Autonomous Shutdown Valve (ASV).

Suitable for both CALM buoy and conventional buoy mooring systems, the ASV is a self-contained subsea package comprising PLEM valve, spring-return actuator and long-life, battery control system. The ASV is designed to remove the reliance on or eliminate the need for a surface control umbilical or diver intervention, extending terminal operating availability.

Hawser Load Monitoring

Paul Wartnaby’s presentation shows how terminal managers can utilise telemetry from the SPM to make quicker and better-informed decisions on terminal availability, as well as, minimising downtime through predictive wear analysis and planned maintenance to extend asset service life.

Hawser load monitoring is just one element of OIL’s Offshore Ops Integrated Terminal Management System. Fully compliant with OCIMF SMOG 2015, the Offshore Ops system provides terminals with both ‘live’ environmental and operational data, as well as historical offloading records, significantly reducing risk and enhancing mooring and offloading safety and performance.

Please join us on Offspring International’s stand at SLOM 2017 to discuss your PLEM Control, Terminal Management or Mooring and Offloading needs.

 For more information call +44 (0)1384 453880, or email: mail@offspringinternational.com

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AMOG at OMAE 2017

AMOG AT OMAE 2017

Late last month, AMOG’s Dr Hayden Marcollo and Gary Farrow presented technical papers at the 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) conference in Trondheim, Norway. Their presentations covered drilling riser case studies, fatigue performance of offshore mooring chains, and a new wave energy converter.

SESSION DETAILS AND LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

Session: Offshore Technology – Simulations of Floaters and Moorings

OMAE2017-62218 Investigations into Fatigue Performance of Offshore Mooring Chains

Presented by: Gary Farrow

 

Session: Ocean Renewable Energy – Innovative Concepts

OMAE2017-62219 Drilling Riser Case Studies Comparing the Drag Performance of LGS technology to Conventional Buoyancy Units and Fairings

Presented by: Dr Hayden Marcollo

 

Session: Pipelines, Risers and Subsea Systems – Analysis

OMAE2017-62220 A New Class of Wave Energy Converter (with no moving parts in the water) – The Floating Pendulum Dynamic Vibration Absorber

Presented by: Dr Hayden Marcollo

 

About OMAE

Since 2003, the OMAE conference has more than tripled in size, drawing attendance of up to 1000 people. The annual OMAE conference is an international assembly of engineers, researchers, technical specialists, and students in the fields of ocean, offshore and arctic engineering. It provides and opportunity to exchange ideas on the advances in technology and its scientific support.

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AMOG Presenting at Offshore Technology Conference Next Week

AMOG PRESENTING AT OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK

OTC 2017 will see AMOG presenting 5 technical papers over the course of conference proceedings next week (1-4 May 2017) in Houston, Texas.

You can register to attend OTC and come and see Prof Andrew Potts, Andrew Kilner, and Phillip Kurts present the following topics  such as LGS Technology, Robustness Criteria for FPSO design, Mooring Chains and Break Strength, Low Cost Quant Inspections, and Mooring Line Dynamic Behaviours.

Details are listed below. 

 

Monday 1 May

Paper OTC-27692, How the Application of LGS Technology for Drilling Risers Reduced Drilling Costs Through Improved Operability.

Presented by: Phillip Kurts

Morning Technical Session: Risers – Reducing Uncertainty

10:14 in Room 602

 

Tuesday 2 May

Paper 27699, Determination of Rational Robustness Criteria for FPSO Design

Presented by: Prof Andrew Potts

11:32 in the OTC Poster Lounge

 

Wedesday 3 May

Paper OTC-27678, Investigations into Break Strength of Mooring Chains

Presented by: Prof Andrew Potts

Morning Technical Session: Mooring System Reliability and Integrity Management

10:14 in Room 606

 

Wedesday 3 May

Paper OTC-27633, Advances in Low Cost, Quantitative Inspection Techniques for Floating Systems

Presented by: Prof Andrew Potts

Afternoon Technical Session: Mooring for the Future

15:28 in Room 600

and 

Paper OTC 27668, Investigations into Observed High Frequency Mooring Line Dynamic Behaviours

Presented by: Andrew Kilner

Afternoon Technical Session: Mooring for the Future

15:50 in Room 600

 

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. OTC is the largest event in the world for the oil and gas industry featuring more than 2,300 exhibitors, and attendees representing 100 countries.

Please note that the papers listed above were prepared for presentation at OTC 2017 and the contents are subject to Copyright 2017, Offshore Technology Conference. If you would like to obtain copies of these papers, please contact OTC directly, or contact AMOG for more information. Papers from past OTC Technical Sessions can be obtained via OnePetro.

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AMOG Presenting at OMAE 2016

AMOG PRESENTING AT OMAE 2016

This week, AMOG’s Dr Hayden Marcollo and Jon Gumley will be presenting at ASME’s 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2016, in Busan, South Korea.

Dr Hayden Marcollo will be presenting OMAE2016-54689, “Drag Reduction and VIV Suppression Behaviour of LGS Technology Integral to Drilling Riser Buoyancy Units” in the CFD and VIV – VIV Suppression and Control session on Tuesday June 21 in Rm 202 from 15:30 – 17:00.

Jon Gumley will be presenting OMAE2016-54674 “A Novel Method for Predicting the Motion of Moored Floating Bodies” and OMAE2016-54677, “Application of Reliability Analysis to Re-Qualification and Life Extension of Floating Production Unit Moorings” in the session on Structures, Safety and Reliability – Reliability of Mooring and Riser Systems session on Tuesday June 21 in Rm 102 from 15:30 – 17:00.

If you are not attending OMAE 2016 but would like more information, please contact AMOG directly.

OMAE is a forum for researchers, engineers, managers, technicians and students from the scientific and industrial communities from around the world to 

  • Meet and present advances in technology and its scientific support
  • Exchange ideas and experience whilst promoting technological progress and its application in industry
  • Promote international cooperation in ocean, offshore and arctic engineering

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