New release brings added value to pipeline engineers worldwide

The latest release of SAGE Profile 3D, the market leader software suite for offshore pipeline analysis, brings new features and enhanced capabilities to the oil and gas industry. Discover what’s new in SAGE Profile 3D v2.3!

Even more realistic pipe-soil interaction models

Tapping into Fugro’s vast experience in geotechnics, SAGE Profile 3D now offers extended capabilities to model pipe-soil interaction. New soil models have been introduced to capture complicated effects such as dynamic behaviour during installation, elastoplastic response, residual axial adhesion and berm stiffness. The most recent XSPIM model (SAGE Profile 3D external soil module) also enables coupling between the vertical soil reaction and the peak lateral resistance.

Updated code checks

The code check capability has been updated and SAGE Profile is now fully compliant with the most recent editions of the major pipeline design codes such as DNV, API, ASME and BS. This allows pipeline engineers to quickly check design safety and reliability.

Improved tool for free span assessment

An updated and enhanced span check is available to analyse free spanning pipelines according to DNV-RP-F105. Free spanning pipes are automatically detected and SAGE Profile evaluates whether a span is vulnerable to vortex-induced vibrations. Moreover, the span check performs a fatigue screening and calculates the maximum allowable span length.

New solver algorithm for buckling analyses

The versatility of the explicit finite element solver has been expanded using an innovative method to introduce external loads. For pipelines that are prone to buckling, the interval-based quasi-static loading offers a powerful algorithm to achieve stable solutions.

Variable element length

In SAGE Profile 3D v2.3, the pipeline element length can be locally refined. As a result, the user can obtain more accurate analysis results in particular zones of interest, where high stresses or large displacements are expected.


This option offers the ability to restart an analysis from an automatically saved status file. Hence, it saves significant computation time in the event of a computer crash or a power shutdown.