Fundamentals of Subsea Systems

In-person & online hybrid event. Online delegates will receive the course booklet by mail prior to the course date which gives further information around each topic.

Join our experts in-person or virtually for a short course in the Fundamentals of Subsea Systems. This entry level, one-day course is ideally suited to those entering the subsea sector and looking to broaden their knowledge base.

What you’ll study

You'll cover the following topics:

  • In-depth overview of the sector (UK and International)
  • Insights into subsea enginnering and technology
  • How subsea fields are developed
  • How subsea systems are designed, installed, operated and decommissioned

If you would like to attend the Fundamentals of Subsea Systems course but are not able to travel to Aberdeen, please email with your preferred nearest city/venue and it may be possible to organise a course in your area. Alternatively, you can join virtually with an online ticket.


Alistair Birnie | Course Leader

With nearly 40 years’ post graduate experience in subsea and marine engineering, Alistair Birnie is a graduate of both University of Aberdeen and the Robert Gordon University and is also a chartered engineer. Having worked for organisations including Aker Solutions, ITF, Schlumberger Subsea, Nautronix, NOV Varco, Fugro Subsea and Marconi Underwater Systems in development Alistair spent 3 years as CEO of Subsea UK before stepping down in 2011 to take the role of Professor of subsea engineering at the National University of Singapore. Having spent 6 years in academia teaching post graduate students at MSc. and PhD Level, Alistair is now Managing Director of Denmore Technologies Ltd and is a consultant working with subsea and defence growth businesses.

Subsea History

The origins of the subsea sector go back as far as 1940. However, until 1978, subsea systems were quite rudimentary and certainly not suited to the demands of current production systems nor the environment. All that changed in 1978 through the introduction of what was considered at the time to be highly innovative game changing technology, which radically changed the way in which the industry thinks and operates.

Today, we see projects exploiting valuable reserves in depths extending to some 3,000 metres in harsh and highly complex environments. These achievements are based on solid foundations set out some 45 years ago but in applications that were not thought possible until recently.

Modern subsea production systems are highly sophisticated and use advanced technologies, well beyond even those envisaged by anyone in the early days of subsea development. This use of advanced technologies and the mass of strategic knowledge that has been built up has accelerated the development of deepwater fields around the world, where the UK is a leading player with world class skills and knowledge, as well as products.


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