As offshore field development continues to expand, engineers must conduct on-going technical analysis of offshore structures to meet classification requirements. Two new ABS publications will assist industry operators by providing the latest data and advanced analysis for self-elevating drilling units and other offshore structures. They provide research and support for analyzing and addressing a variety of challenges posed by dynamic environmental forces and their projected impact upon the stress limits of offshore structures.
Guidance Notes on Dynamic Analysis Procedure for Self-Elevating Drilling Units address the jackup design issues. These Notes, when used in conjunction with the existing set of ABS MODU rules, provide engineers with criteria for acceptable practices in the classification of jackup structures. The other document - Commentary to the Guide for Fatigue Assessment of Offshore Structures addresses the origin and background of existing and alternative methods of assessment to assist engineers when conducting fatigue review of as part of the classification of offshore structures.
Guidance Notes on Dynamic Analysis Procedure for Self-Elevating Drilling Units and Commentary to the Guide for Fatigue Assessment of Offshore Structures are available on the ABS web site for free download.