The Involvement of Hydrography Surveyor in Installation Offshore Oil Platform

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UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA FACULTY OF GEOINFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING THE INVOLVEMENT OF HYDROGRAPHY SURVEYOR IN INSTALLATION OFFSHORE OIL PLATFORM

SEMINAR PAPER

RAJENDRAN A/L SUPERAMANIAM

SUPERVISOR : EN RUSLI OTHMAN

PANELS : Prof Dr. MOHD RAZALI MAHMUD ENCIK USMUNI DIN

APRIL 2008

ABSTRACT

Hydrographic survey has been going through a dramatic development in recent years not only in seabed mapping but also in oil platform installation. Hydrographic survey experienced a major development and modernization. Therefore, the procedure and the scope of the hydrographic survey has change from those days. This lead the hydrographic surveyor job to be more challenging and the man power must be updated with current procedure. The objectives of this study are to describe the involvement of the hydrographic surveyor in oil jacket installation and to explore the latest surveying technologies that being used for the installation purpose. The methodology for the research is based on the objective and purpose of study. The main purpose of study is to determine a brief idea and information about the hydrographic survey that involve in offshore oil jacket installation. For this research the information was gathered through interviews with two hydrographic surveyors who have vast experiences working in platform installation. The results of this research will be used as references and guidelines for those who are interested in working as a hydrographic surveyor in oil platform installation. As a conclusion, accuracy of the field data must be precise enough to carry out platform installation and a hydrographic surveyor must make sure that the accuracy of the observation always be accurate because the data that obtained will be used for other purposes. Lastly, a few recommendations for the future studies is made to enhance the quality of this study as well as to reveal the role of the hydrographic surveyor in platform installation in detail.

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

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Background of the study

The rapid increase in the usage of oil fuel has caused the oil very demanding. Malaysian oil company PETRONAS set a new dimension in exploration to discover oil in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

Malaysia government had invested a lot of money to bought new oil exploration technologies and skillful personnel to develop the oil bases industry. Due to this, a lot of exploration works have been conducted

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Problem Statement

Hydrographic survey has experience a major development and modernization. Therefore, the procedure and the scope of the hydrographic survey have changed. Because of that it can lead to the problem, in terms of producing a good qualify hydrographic surveyor for the job.

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Purpose of the study

The purpose of this undergraduate thesis is to describe the role of hydrographic surveyor. The findings from this study will be used as a reference and guideline for those who are interested working as hydrographic surveyor in oil platform installation.

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Objective of the study

The objectives of this study are: • To describe the involvement of the hydrographic surveyor in oil jacket installation.

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To explore the current surveying information and latest surveying technologies which is used for the installation purpose.

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Research Question

This study will provide answers to the following questions: • • • • Why a hydrographic surveyor is needed in the jacket installation project? What kind of hydrographic survey involves in the platform installation? What is the pre-knowledge’s that a hydrographic surveyor should have, in order to involve in oil platform industry? How to operate the new equipments and software’s that are used throughout platform installation hydrographic survey?

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Scope of the study

The scope of the study covers 3 main phases of oil jacket installation: i. ii. Pre-installation survey As built survey work • • • iii....
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