Aquaterra Energy is launching a Riser Monitoring System (RMS) designed to improve the integrity management process and deliver reliability and accuracy of data acquisition for the offshore oil and gas industry. The RMS design uses a combination of direct riser strain measurement, subsea data logging and riser analysis processing algorithms to generate accurate, real-time operational guidance on optimising drilling and workover operations in water depths of up to 100m.
Eric Doyle, regional director – Europe at Aquaterra Energy, said: “Heightened sensitivity around health and safety and project critical risks associated with riser fatigue have resulted in an urgent need for innovation in riser integrity management. This new RMS will assist our clients with precision planning of maintenance activities and deliver real potential for safe asset life extension."
A full scale prototype of the RMS unit was developed by Aquaterra Energy in the structures laboratory of the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge and, in partnership with the University, all elements of the system have been tested and verified to ensure maximum reliability.
Dr Chris Burgoyne, head of Structures at the University of Cambridge, said: “This is an interesting use of sensing technology for the offshore oil and gas industry and the structures group is happy to be working with Aquaterra Energy on such an innovative application.”