2011 Ultra-Deepwater

Integrity Management of Risers to Support Deepwater Drilling and Production Operations

Subcontractor: GE Global Research

Principal Investigator: Judith Guzzo
Project Number Project Status
11121-5402-01 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Rick Baker
GE Oil & Gas; Dr. Michael Volk
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
November 22, 2013 September 30, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$2,924,294.00 $2,339,435.00 $584,859.00
Project Objectives

Development of a reliable, cost-effective real-time, riser integrity management system by closing technology gaps that include: availability of historical riser data for assessment of long-term integrity management of deepwater riser systems; on-board subsea equipment controls to detect anomalous behavioral modes and implement mitigation strategies; essential safety management system/software for riser system integrity data storage,  riser performance and user interface for on-ship and on-shore; and integrated deepwater drilling and production riser integrity management solutions encompassing hardware, software, processes, and people. The research was conducted in four stage-gated phases:

  • Design and development of a new concept with the assistance of key end-users to develop requirements for system design that will  build and test of a small scale subsystem, preliminary design for software and business process system integration (TRL1).
  • Development of a full-scale pilot for an integrated deepwater riser integrity management system, and a full-scale pilot test (TRL3). 
  • Development of a production plan for a commercially viable deepwater riser integrity management system that can be used for retrofit or new unit installation (TRL3-4).

The project is complete and it is anticipated that industry will carry the research to a commercialization stage (TRL5-6). 


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RPSEA Project Fact Sheet: Download 251.5 KB
File Type Date
Riser Lifecycle Monitoring System for Integrity Management ( 806.5 KB ) Phase 1 Generic Riser Life-cycle Reliability Model Report 02/15
Riser Lifecycle Monitoring System for Integrity Management ( 1.6 MB ) Phase 1 Preliminary Design Report 11/14
Riser Lifecycle Monitoring System for Integrity Management ( 2.8 MB ) Phase 1 Basis of Design Report 02/15
Title: Riser Lifecycle Monitoring System (RLMS) for Integrity Management - 06/14 ( 680.1 KB )
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