Structural Integrity Management conference preview

Paul Boughton

Do you get sick of hearing the offshore industry buzz words, such as asset integrity, over and over again? Like many of us, offshore structural engineers are regularly caught up in buzz words that lack the real technical, high-level application that is critical to their role. 

In an industry environment where time is more precious than ever before, Upstream Intelligence has announced a focused two-day programme designed specifically for structural engineers to cut through the buzz words and deliver a robust structural engineering strategy that focuses on extending field life, eradicating failures and applying the newly released ‘SIM’ standards. 

Unlike some other events' ‘appeal to all’ programmes, the Structural Integrity Management Conference, Gulf of Mexico (June 2-3, Houston) has been developed by structural engineering executives, for structural engineering executives - including leaders representing ISO, BP, Shell, Chevron, Petronas and ExxonMobil.  

Ageing facilities are causing major concerns for Gulf of Mexico operators who, at this time of low oil prices, are withholding new development projects to get the most from late life production. Combine this with the release of brand new structural integrity guidelines (API RP2SIM) and 150-person high-level technical gathering couldn’t have come at a better time. 

The Gulf of Mexico Structural Integrity Conference explores the strategies required for operators to extend field life, eradicate failures and benefit from a lifecycle approach to reap long term benefits across the portfolio of offshore assets – from greenfield projects to brownfield projects and from fixed structures to floating structures. 

It will feature updates on cutting-edge structural integrity best-practices, drawing from ISO and API standards – with a wealth of experience to be shared from BP, Chevron, Shell, Hess Corporation and Petronas technical authorities. Not to mention the top-level keynote from the renowned ISO SIM Committee Chairperson, Pat O'Connor.   

Collaborative roundtable sessions will bring together discussion groups addressing inspection strategies, monitoring technologies, mooring line integrity issues, life extension approaches and much more.  

“With operators switching the focus to core producing assets at this time of financial constraint, there is a risk that offshore structures will be pushed beyond their limits,” said conference director Phil Chadney. “This presents huge integrity concerns for operators in the Gulf of Mexico – and so a thorough lifecycle approach to structural integrity management is required.” 

“Taking practical examples and developing a strategy around the recently released API RP2SIM standards will be absolutely essential,” he added. “This is why the conference is drawing such a high-level crowd of 150 structural engineering executives – who are all tackling SIM challenges in the Gulf.” 

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