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Astrimar: Technology Qualification Training Supports Subsea Innovation

Astrimar: Technology Qualification Training Supports Subsea Innovation

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30 April 2018

Continued Success in the challenging Subsea Oil and Gas climate is dependent on Innovation and Technology development.  Pressures on costs have provided the necessary catalyst for a vast array of new technologies, innovations and new ideas to rise up from the shadows over the past couple of years.  Many organisations find it difficult to know how to qualify these new technologies efficiently and effectively so that they can demonstrate the necessary levels of technology assurance and risk management.  This can be a huge barrier to successful technology adoption and deployment.

Astrimarís consultants have been instrumental in the development and application of industry best practices including the first adoption of TRLs in API RP 17N in 2009 and the updated version published in 2017, as well as the extended guidance being provided in the new recommended practice API RP 17Q on Subsea Equipment Qualification to be published imminently this year.   

Building on this knowledge and experience Astrimar have been busy working alongside technology developers of all shapes and sizes to help them implement these best practices.  This includes understanding the current and required TRL of the technology and its subsystems (all TRL ladders can be accommodated). 

"We help companies determine what qualification activities are required, including identifying appropriate tests and/or analysis, determining the number of repetitions and samples to establish appropriate levels of confidence," said Dr Caroline Roberts-Haritonov, Director at Astrimar. "We have supported, and continue to support, a number of companies developing a wide range of technologies, from control systems to repair methods, new materials, new valves, new well plugging methods and new BOP systems.  Rather than focus on the 3rd party certification, we help companies achieve best value in their qualification process and efficiently support them at each step.

Drawing on this depth and breadth of experience, Astrimar will be running their popular 2-day training course on Technology Qualification in Cranfield (Bedfordshire, UK) on 19th & 20th June.  As well as teaching attendees about the latest industry best practice for technology qualification (both API and DNV-GL), Astrimar provide additional guidance on the types of reliability testing to support qualification at each TRL (Technology Readiness Level) and statistical techniques for determining test populations and reliability assurance. More information and booking facilities are available on Astrimar's website at: - early bird rates expire on 19th May.