SAGE Profile, Fugro’s state-of-the-art subsea pipeline analysis software

Fugro commercialises the SAGE Profile software, which they specifically develop to assist pipeline engineers in the design and analysis of their subsea pipelines. The software is used internationally by numerous clients active in the oil and gas industry.

The powerful finite element solver provides an excellent tool for conventional and more complicated designs such as pipeline route optimisation, realistic simulation of the pipe-laying process, free span evaluation, on-bottom stress calculations, prediction of buckling and expansion analysis.

Our clients like to describe SAGE Profile as an attractive tool that combines the powerful potential of a dynamic explicit finite element solver with an easy and straightforward interface to build the pipeline model and solve complex problems in very short time, compatible with industry demand for fast execution and delivery of results.

Key features

  • Pipeline route simulation and route optimiser
  • Dynamic explicit finite element engine
  • Seabed rectification module
  • Modelling of trenching and backfilling operations
  • Full 3D digital terrain models (DTMs)
  • Modelling of in-line subsea structures using advanced boundary conditions
  • Code and span checks according to recognised international standards (DNV, API, ISO)
  • Enhanced graphical interface enabling straightforward interpretation of complex pipeline problems
  • External forces including external and internal pressures, thermal effects, hydrodynamic loads, waves and currents and backfill cover
  • Powerful algorithms to handle non-linearities in pipe-soil interaction, large displacements, contact and touch-down/lift-off phenomena
  • Printout of input and output data in graphical or tabular form suitable for engineering proposal

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SAGE Profile Demonstration

To view a pre-recorded 1-hour demonstration of SAGE Profile 3.0, please contact us to get the required password.

If you would like us to organise a live demonstration of SAGE Profile, please fill out the request form. You may also call one of our support engineers at +32 (0) 2 776 03 00 to discuss your requirements.

SAGE Profile History

The development of SAGE Profile started back in 2003 with the 2D version, SAGE Profile 2D. The software, which was rapidly and broadly accepted in the industry, was immediately seen as a fast and efficient tool to perform on-bottom roughness analyses, rock-dump optimization or even plough pick-up analyses. The next major release, SAGE Profile 3D, was then developed and was released in 2006. This new software brought an additional dimension to pipeline numerical simulations, allowing modeling a broader range of pipeline complexities, such as lateral or upheaval buckling, thanks to its explicit finite element engine.

Until now, the two products were commercialized separately as they both had unique features. The advantages and capabilities of both software have now been incorporated into only one software, SAGE Profile.

>> Learn more about our past products on this page.


Building strong partnerships to develop smart software

The SAGE Profile development team is anticipating emerging trends in the oil and gas industry to continuously improve our software suite. We are building strong partnerships with our clients to address their specific needs and enhancements requests.

SAGE Profile users are invited to discuss and interact with this development and to suggest ideas for new features and capabilities.

In addition, Fugro nurtures a broad network of academic experts, who are on the forefront of research and development in pipeline engineering and offshore technology.

Our SAGE Profile experts are working closely together with academic leaders at Ghent University, Cranfield University and Université Catholique de Louvain.

The SAGE Profile development team is closely following industry standards to quickly anticipate changes and amendments.

Fugro is also an active participant in the SAFEBUCK joint industry project, a JIP conducting research and development into the most challenging aspects of pipeline design for deepwater or high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) fields – for more information, please visit: New design approaches and methodologies to resolve lateral buckling are being developed, and the pipe-soil interaction models of SAGE Profile are being updated to reflect the SAFEBUCK recommendations.

Most recently Fugro, together with four other participants, has funded the research of the “Remote Intelligent Geotechnical Seabed Survey” (RIGSS) JIP, which is currently underway at the University of Western Australia (UWA). More information can be found here: Fugro, an active participant in the RIGSS JIP.