81510 - Laboratory of Offshore Operations

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The student will be introduced to the main construction and maintenance operations in offshore activities with the aim of understanding the specificities required by offshore operations.

Course contents

Requirements/Prior knowledge

Prior knowledge and understanding of basics mathematical analysis and linear algebra are required to attend with profit this course.

Fluent spoken English is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study material will be in English.

Course Contents

PART 1 – Fundamentals of Statics and Mechanics of Structures

  • Introduction and generalities.
  • Equilibrium and Reactions.
  • Truss Structures.
  • Statics of Beams and Frames.
  • Material Behavior.
  • Geometrical properties of mass distribution.

PART 2 - Offshore operations

  • Lifting and buoyancy
  • Yard Engineering: Erection Sequence, Yard Layout, Yard Supports, Heavy Lifting & Roll-Up, Movement, Weighing Procedure, Load-Out).
  • Constructability: Fabrication, Welding Activity for Structures, Piping Activity, E/I Activity, Lifting Activity And Assembly Of Equipments and Skids, Hvac, Architectural Activity.
  • Off-shore Transportation & Installation Engineering: Examples of offshore platform components prefabricated on land and transported to the installation site; Typical naval means utilized for sea transportation; Process to identify the most appropriate naval mean and suitability assessment; Codes and International Standards applicable to sea transportation engineering. Marine Warranty Surveyor. Barge stability criteria. Introduction to the offshore operations required for installing typical platform components.
  • Off-Shore Construction, Transportation, Installation and Maintenance Vessels.
  • Off-Shore Logistics.
  • Maintenance operations.
  • Inspections and tests during installation.
  • Maritime transportation of hazardous goods: regulations and technical standards.


  • Lectures notes and slides.
  • S. Krenk and J. Høgsberg, Statics and Mechanics of Structures, Springer Netherlands, 2013.
  • Baker R., A Primer of Offshore Operations. Third Edition, Petroleum Extension Service, 1998.
  • Wilson J.F., Dynamics of Offshore Structures, Wiley, 2003.
  • Additional readings suggested during classes.

Teaching methods

Lectures with the support of the whiteboard, presentations, laptop and tablet. Seminars with experts and professionals.

Assessment methods

A final written examination with questions and/or exercises to assess the knowledge and understanding of the topics covered by the course.

Teaching tools

The teaching tools are overhead projector, projector and PC.

Office hours

See the website of Antonio Palermo

See the website of Nicholas Fantuzzi