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Open Access Application of systems engineering to subsea development

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Subsea development managers are faced with tasks of meeting concurrent development schedules, coordinating the work of large numbers of technical personnel, allocating requirements to multiple system elements, acquiring equipment from multiple vendors and adjusting interfaces for compatibility. Systems engineering (SE) is evolving as a key enabler of subsea production system design and acquisition. The present paper applies the SE concept, as well as system thinking, to the design of subsea production systems. SE is a suitable tool for managing complex problems by breaking them into manageable size. It starts with understanding of the desired capability and evolving the solution through various subsystems and components required to meet this capability over the life of the system. With an understanding of SE principles, one can appropriately tailor the SE process to the development of any system or finding solution to any problem. The SE process inputs consist primarily of the field data, the current capabilities/infrastructures, technical limitations, customer's needs and objectives, and project constraints. Project constraints shape the project and include budget limitations, schedule deadlines and constraints such as a weight limit or the water depth. The scope of SE is to establish the requirements and physical subsea architecture, manage its development into a detailed definition and assess that the required performances are achieved.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2014

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