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SAGE Profile 3.1 development underway…

One year following the release of our major upgrade to version 3.0, we are pleased to announce that development is well underway on version 3.1, incorporating a series of new features allowing designers to model cyclic lateral buckling, including plastic pipeline deformation.

The main new features anticipated for this version include:

  • Modelling plastic deformation of the pipeline steel
  • Modelling cylindrical contact objects such as sleepers and counteracts
  • Modelling the friction between the pipeline and contact objects
  • New ‘article’ format for help topic documentation

New release of SP3

After a period of feedback from clients, Fugro is happy to announce the release of version 3.0.26.

This version addresses a number of minor bugs and also fixes two major problems with the previous release related to memory use and compatibility with older versions. These are listed below:

  • Reduction of the memory usage which allows the loading and importing of larger projects and exporting of results (to be fully resolved for v3.1)
  • Problems related to the creation of backfilling operations without prior trenching

Fugro well-represented at this year’s offshore conferences

Fugro has been well-represented at this year’s offshore conferences, including the Offshore Pipeline Technology Conference in Amsterdam and the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

optAt the OPT in Amsterdam, Fugro helped to lead a day-long seminar on Design of HTHP subsea pipelines, with Zack Westgate presenting on cost-effective tools and techniques for optimizing geotechnical design of offshore pipelines, and Prigiarto Yonatan presenting on lateral buckling analysis of pipe-in-pipe (PIP). Charles de Brier participated in the main event, presenting on the state of the art in specialist interface shear testing for assessment of pipe-soil interaction. The Fugro booth at OPT was well-visited, with several existing and new clients stopping by to chat about the latest developments for SAGE Profile.

At OTC in Houston, Fugro presented on geohazards related to pipeline design, with Bill Haneberg (formerly of the Houston office) presenting on debris flow modelling in the sediment mobility session, and Christine Devine (also of the Houston office) presenting on the latest developments in pipeline routing optimization, now captured in a new ABS guidance note.

SAGE Profile 3.0 certification by Bureau Veritas

For all releases of SAGE Profile, we have strived to provide our clients with a specialized and complete software suite dedicated to offshore pipeline analysis. In order to guarantee the reliability and efficiency of such a highly technical tool, multiple certifications were conducted over the years by an independent accredited body.

In this context, Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore evaluated SAGE Profile 3.0 for its basic suitability for performing pipeline analysis. The scope focused on the numerical simulation, and is now completed. A second phase, which will focus on validation of the new features for version 3.1, is planned to begin shortly.

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Fugro, an active participant in the RIGSS JIP

Fugro is an active participant in the “Remote Intelligent Geotechnical Seabed Survey” (RIGSS) JIP, which is currently underway at the University of Western Australia (UWA). The primary objective of the RIGSS JIP is to develop innovative site investigation tools that enable more accurate and reliable understanding of soil behaviour at, and immediately, below seabed. The three “visions” of the JIP are:

  1. Develop a remote SI platform, with robotic control of intelligent tools that target the soil behavioural properties required by designers.
  2. Produce earlier and more reliable geotechnical definition for projects; leading to reduced uncertainty and risk, and therefore more optimised designs.
  3. Develop direct geotechnical design methodologies, i.e. development of pipeline and foundation design methods that incorporate in-situ measurements directly.

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