Abstract

Development of software application for subsea engineering design and analysis is to a large extent based on codes and standards used in the offshore industry when considering subsea pipelines. In this paper a software is described which main purpose is to facilitate the design and analysis process and such that results and documentation are automatically generated to increase quality of documentation. Current scope is a standard calculation tool covering different aspects of design in compliance with relevant offshore codes. A modularization technique is used to divide the software system into multiple discrete and independent modules based on offshore codes, which are capable of carrying out task(s) independently. All modules in range operate from a project model that is accessed directly by other modules for analysis and performance prediction and allows design changes to flow through automatically to facilitate smooth communication and coordination between different design activities. All the modules have a number of common design features. The quality of an implementation of each offshore code in independent software modules is measured by defining the level of inter-dependability among modules and their interaction among them, and by defining the degree of intra-dependability within elements of a module. This modularization technique also includes other benefits, such as ease of maintenance and updates. The improvements are related to the objectives of a state-of-the-art procedure of performing engineering, design and analysis by use of offshore codes implemented in a software application. The application is developed in .NET C# language with MS Visual Studio Technology that provides a powerful graphical user interface well integrated in windows environment.

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