Environmental Exposure and Design Criteria for Offshore Oil and Gas Structures
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC COMMITTEE ON OFFSHORE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY
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One of the tasks of the Committee on Offshore Energy Technology was to review the availability of engineering field data, methods, and procedures for adequately describing and interpreting the environmental conditions that go into criteria for the design, verification, and inspection of offshore oil and gas structures. Accordingly, the committee examined how industry obtains environmental data, how it uses the data to evaluate environmental exposures, and how it uses environmental exposures to establish criteria to design, build, install, and operate offshore platforms. The committee examined all three phases of developing offshore petroleum reserves pre-lease, exploration, and production. The purpose was to find where and what types of data were needed by government and industry. This report represents the work and findings of the committee. Section I presents the committees recommendations and conclusions and the technical analysis upon which these are based. Section II consists of background papers that lay out in greater detail the concepts and technical analysis developed in this report.
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