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  • Design of Floating Production Systems

Design of Floating Production Systems

April 29 – May 3, 2019

Understand the design and construction of floating platforms including structural concept, environmental loads, buoyancy and stability, mooring forces and more.

Course # EN19012
Date(s) April 29 – May 3, 2019
Time(s) Monday-Friday
8:00 am – 4:45 pm (Friday May 3 ends at 4:15pm)
Instructor(s) Dr. Spyros Kinnas

Early Registration ends February 15, 2019
Early Registration Fee: $1,755.00
Regular Registration Fee: $1,895.00
Regular Registration w/ hard-copy materials: $1,970.00

*Contact Event Program Coordinator for Dual Course Registration
Dual Course Registration Fee: $4,500.00

**Electronic materials included in course fee or you may purchase hard copy materials for an additional fee of $75.00

***For groups of three or more participants, contact Event Program Coordinator to register

CEUs 3.2
Location Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC)
2501 Speedway
Innovation Center – Room 2.502
Austin, TX 78712
Map and Directions

This course is provided in partnership with:
Offshore Technology Research Center
The University of Texas at Austin
and Texas A&M University

Course Overview

This course is a must for professionals seeking understanding of the design and construction of floating platforms. Taught through a combination of lectures and discussion, you will gain a complete understanding of the fundamental design process and modern design practices in this field. Design principles are applied to ensure functionality and safety of various types of floating offshore structures, including tension leg platforms, semi-submersibles and FPSO's. In addition, the theory and current practical engineering methods in relation to the design and construction of floating platforms will be covered. The final result of this course is real-world knowledge of the complete design process that you can apply immediately in the workplace.

Topics Covered

  • Structural Concept: Design Considerations; Operation, Fabrication and Installation; Function and Safety; Economic and Time Constraints
  • Environmental Loads and Motions: Environmental Conditions; Wave Drift Forces and Movements; Wind and Current Loads
  • Buoyancy and Stability: Current Codes; Intact and Damage Stability; Recent Code Developments
  • Structural Strength: Standards and guidelines; Design Loads; Hull and Deck Design
  • Catenary Mooring System: Concepts and Equipment; Design and Operational Requirements; Mooring Forces
  • Tension-leg Mooring System: Concepts, Components and Equipment; Design and Operational Requirements; Sea Load and Seismic Effects
  • Foundations Conventional Anchors: Gravity, Piles, Suction Anchors
  • Reliability and Safety Engineering: Reliability Analysis; Risk Analysis
  • Semi-submersibles Design: Operational Requirements; Design Parameters; Sizing, Stability Requirements; Seakeeping Motions; Wind, Current and Wave Forces; Station Keeping, Mooring and DP Systems
  • Tanker Based FPSOs

Who should attend

Engineers (BS holders) who work in the offshore industry, and wish to receive a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals and practical aspects of offshore structures. Best suited to new or recent hires or those who aspire to work in the offshore industry.


Dr. Spyros Kinnas. For technical information please contact Dr. Kinnas at


Participants are strongly encouraged to register for both offshore courses for a comprehensive treatment of the subject matter. It is strongly recommended that participants have completed the Fundamentals of Offshore Structures and Design of Fixed Offshore Platforms course first before they register for this course. Participants who wish to take this course first should check with the faculty in charge before registering and should have completed course work (as part of a BS or higher degree in engineering) or have familiarity (through work experience) on the subjects of wave mechanics, hydrodynamics, structural analysis, and geotechnical mechanics.

Electronic materials will be provided for this course so participants need to bring a laptop. A hard copy version of the materials may be purchased at additional cost.

"Good overview of wind, waves and currents!" - Francis Chigbo

"The background on data collection and future developments was very useful." - Kevin Schumaker

"The group work in the class provided hands-on training that was practical and useful. Keep that up! - A good overview of everything related to the offshore floating structures." - Abraham Mrakpur

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