Designing and building structures that will withstand the unique challenges that exist in Subsea operations is no easy task. As deepwater wells are drilled to greater depths, engineers are confronted with a new set problems such as water depth, weather conditions, ocean currents, equipment reliability, and well accessibility, to name just a few. A definitive reference for engineers designing, analyzing and instilling offshore structures, Subsea Structural Engineering Handbook provides an expert guide to the key processes, technologies and equipment that comprise contemporary offshore structures. Written in a clear and easy to understand language, the book is based on the authors 30 years of experience in the design, analysis and instillation of offshore structures. This book answers the above mentioned crucial questions as well as covers the entire spectrum of subjects in the discipline, from route selection and planning to design, construction, installation, materials and corrosion, inspection, welding, repair, risk assessment, and applicable design solutions. It yields a roadmap not only for the subsea engineer but also the project managers, estimators and regulatory personnel hoping to gain an appreciation of the overall issues and directed approaches to subsea engineering design solutions.

Key Features

  • Up-to-date technical overview of deepwater riser engineering
  • Easy to understand Coverage of design, analysis and, stallation
  • Addresses issues concerning both fixed and floating platforms
  • Covers techincal equipment such as Subsea Control Systems, Pressure Piping, Connectors and Equipment
  • Layout as well as Remotely-operated vehicles


Petroleum engineers, Structurial Engineers, Production Engineers and Goetechnical Engineers

Table of Contents


About the Authors

List of abbreviations

Part One. Subsea Production Systems

Chapter 1. Overview of Subsea Engineering

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Subsea Production Systems

1.3 Flow Assurance and System Engineering

1.4 Subsea Structures and Equipment

1.5 Subsea Pipelines


Chapter 2. Subsea Field Development

2.1 Subsea Field Development Overview

2.2 Deepwater or Shallow-Water Development

2.3 Wet Tree and Dry Tree Systems

2.4 Subsea Tie-Back Development

2.5 Stand-Alone Development

2.6 Artificial Lift Methods and Constraints

2.7 Subsea Processing

2.8 Template, Clustered Well System, and Daisy Chain

2.9 Subsea Field Development Assessment


Chapter 3. Subsea Distribution System

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Design Parameters

3.3 SDS Component Design Requirements


Chapter 4. Subsea Surveying, Positioning, and Foundation

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Subsea Survey

4.3 Subsea Metrology and Positioning

4.4 Subsea Soil Investigation

4.5 Subsea Foundation


Chapter 5. Installation and Vessels

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Typical Installation Vessels

5.3 Vessel Requirements and Selection

5.4 Installation Positioning

5.5 Installation Analysis


Chapter 6. Subsea Cost Estimation

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Subsea Capital Expenditures (CAPEX)

6.3 Cost Estimation Methodologies

6.4 Subsea Equipment Costs

6.5 Testing and Installation Costs

6.6 Project Management and Engineering Costs

6.7 Subsea Operation Expenditures (OPEX)

6.8 Life Cycle Cost of Subsea System

6.9 Case Study: Subsea System CAPEX Estimation


Chapter 7. Subsea Control


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About the editors

Yong Bai

Dr. Yong Bai obtained a Ph.D. in Offshore Structures at Hiroshima University, Japan in 1989. He is currently President of Offshore Pipelines and Risers (OPR Inc., a design/consulting firm in the field of subsea pipelines, risers and floating systems. In the 1990's, he had been a technical leader for several Asgard Transport pipeline and flowline projects at JP Kenny as Manager of the advanced engineering department. Yong was previously a lead riser engineer at Shell and assisted in offshore rules development at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as Manager of the offshore technology department. While a professor, he wrote several books and served as a course leader on the design of subsea pipelines and irsers as well as design of floating systems. He also serves at Zhejiang University in China as professor.

Qiang Bai

Dr. Qiang Bai obtained a doctorate for Mechanical Engineering at Kyushu University, Japan in 1995. He has more than 20 years of experience in subsea/offshore engineering including research and engineering execution. He has worked at Kyushu University in Japan, UCLA, OPE, JP Kenny, and Technip. His experience includes various aspects of flow assurance and the design and installation of subsea structures, pipelines and riser systems.


"Combined, the two authors have had long careers with major international firms and with academic institutions in the US, Japan, and Norway. They have prepared this book for aspiring subsea engineers, a discipline described in the preface as involving the "design, analysis, construction, installation and integrity management of subsea wellheads, trees, manifolds, jumpers PLETS and PLEMs...." Coverage is logically organized, beginning with subsea production systems (field development, distribution, surveying, positioning, and foundation, cost estimation, power supply, and risk & reliability, among other topics). Subsequent coverage includes flow assurance and system engineering; structures and equipment; and umbilical, risers & flowlines. With the Gulf oil spill, the world saw the consequences of poor engineering and management; this text is important for the thorough education of future practitioners." --Book News, Reference and Research