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Cockrell School of Engineering

Design of Floating Production Systems

Offshore Structures Message from the Faculty in Charge
Apr 27—May 1, 2020
5 days
Austin, Texas, United States
USD 1895
USD 379 per day

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This course is provided in partnership with: Offshore Technology Research Center The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University

Course Overview

This course is a must for professionals seeking understanding of the design and construction of floating platforms. Taught through a combination of lectures and discussion, you will gain a complete understanding of the fundamental design process and modern design practices in this field. Design principles are applied to ensure functionality and safety of various types of floating offshore structures, including tension leg platforms, semi-submersibles and FPSO's. In addition, the theory and current practical engineering methods in relation to the design and construction of floating platforms will be covered. The final result of this course is real-world knowledge of the complete design process that you can apply immediately in the workplace.

Topics Covered

  • Structural Concept: Design Considerations; Operation, Fabrication and Installation; Function and Safety; Economic and Time Constraints
  • Environmental Loads and Motions: Environmental Conditions; Wave Drift Forces and Movements; Wind and Current Loads
  • Buoyancy and Stability: Current Codes; Intact and Damage Stability; Recent Code Developments
  • Structural Strength: Standards and guidelines; Design Loads; Hull and Deck Design
  • Catenary Mooring System: Concepts and Equipment; Design and Operational Requirements; Mooring Forces
  • Tension-leg Mooring System: Concepts, Components and Equipment; Design and Operational Requirements; Sea Load and Seismic Effects
  • Foundations Conventional Anchors: Gravity, Piles, Suction Anchors
  • Reliability and Safety Engineering: Reliability Analysis; Risk Analysis
  • Semi-submersibles Design: Operational Requirements; Design Parameters; Sizing, Stability Requirements; Seakeeping Motions; Wind, Current and Wave Forces; Station Keeping, Mooring and DP Systems
  • Tanker Based FPSOs

Who should attend

Engineers (BS holders) who work in the offshore industry, and wish to receive a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals and practical aspects of offshore structures. Best suited to new or recent hires or those who aspire to work in the offshore industry.


Hudson Matlock Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering Associate Director, Offshore Technology Research Center In charge of Ocean Engineering Graduate program at UT Austin Diploma, Naval Architecture and Marine ...
Dr. Robert Gilbert earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin that same year. In 1996, he won a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Gilbe...
Area(s) of Expertise: Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Educational Qualifications: Ph.D., Stanford University, Civil Engineering, 1997 M.S., George Washington University, Mechanical Engineering, 1991 B.S., U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Marine Engineering/Nautical Science, 1984 ...

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Apr 27—May 1, 2020
5 days
Austin, Texas, United States
USD 1895
USD 379 per day

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