Cutting Costs in Subsea Development Projects

GCE Subsea is participating in the Joint Industry Project (JIP) named “Standardised Subsea Documentation”. Phase 2 of the project is now completed and a new recommended practise, named "Required Technical Documentation for Subsea Projects", will be released soon after the ongoing hearing rounds.

Published: 19 February 2016
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The purpose of this recommended practice (RP) is to facilitate standardisation of technical documentation requirements for a typical subsea field development project including:

  • Subsea Production Systems (SPS)
  • Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines (URF)

The RP specifies a minimum set of required documentation to reduce the volumes and varieties of needed documentation. The RP provides detailed levels of specifications for subsea systems, equipment and components  to avoid duplications and misunderstandings.

RP Content

The RP includes the following parts:

  • Overview of technical documentation required for subsea project execution and operations. Documents required during project execution are considered as “temporary” and the list of project execution documents are minimised
  • Best practice recommendations for document management. The RP promotes the reduction of administrative requirements and formal review cycles
  • Overview of minimum MRB documentation. Handling of such documentation is considered a major cost driver
  • Definitions and naming of all documents. This is in order to align all industry players on the documentation content, to increase predictability, less confusion, improved quality and unnecessary variations of the same documentation
Value and Benefits

The RP aims at facilitating:

  • Unambiguous understanding of required documentation
  • Reduction of unnecessary variations of information, and thereby increase documentation consistency and quality
  • Reduse of existing documentation
  • Reducing the need for document review
  • Identification of documents to be retained at System Suppliers
  • Predictability of document management for the entire supply chain
  • Identification of documents that should be transferred between System Suppliers and Operator

By providing clear expectations between all parties involved; duplications, misunderstandings and unnecessary work can be avoided. The RP encourages a larger extent of reuse of subsea documentation

Opportunities for cost savings and increased project value can be achieved by setting the expectations of improved quality and predictability of the subsea documentation.

The DNVGL RP-O101 (previously denoted DNVGL RP‐0071) will be released publicly as an open source standard in second quarter of 2016, after a formal hearing process has been conducted during first quarter of 2016.

Further information

Go to information on the DNV GL project Standardised Subsea Documentation.

For further information about the project, please contact:

Bente Helen Leinum
Project Manager
Phone: +47 419 07 649

Audun Otteren
Senior Facilitator GCE Subsea
Phone: +47 911 73 190

Standardised Subsea Documentation JIP Participants:
Contact Information:

Gunnar Buvik

Business Development Manager
+47 905 61 215