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Faculty of Engineering

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

LIST OF GRADUATE MODULES


CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
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OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY
Note: *** Procedure for Independent Study Module Registration.
Student will select a project with input from a faculty member who may be appointed as the project supervisor/s.
In consultation with project supervisor/s, a project proposal is to be submitted to MSc Offshore Technology
Programme Manager for approval.
Once approved, student is to register for Independent Study module through online module registration exercise.
The independent study may commence after registration of module and is to be completed within 2 semesters.

No

Module Code

Module Title

AY2016/2017

OT5201

Marine Statics & Dynamics

Semester 1

OT5202

Analysis & Design of Offshore Structure

Semester 1

CE5702

CE Reliability Analysis & Design

Semester 2

OT5203

Design of Floating Structures

Semester 2

OT5204

Moorings & Risers

Semester 2

OT5205

Offshore Pipelines

Semester 2

OT5206

Offshore Foundations

Semester 2

OT5001***

Independent Study Module

Semester 1 & 2

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Specialisation in Petroleum Engineering, and
Specialisation in Subsea Engineering

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PETROLEUM
No

Module Code

Module Title

AY2016/2017

OT5401

Geoscience for Petroleum Exploration

Semester 1

OT5403

Petrophysics and Downhole


Measurements

Semester 1

OT5404

Reservoir Characterization and Rock


Physics

Semester 2

OT5402

Seismic Acquisition and Processing

Semester 2

OT5001B***

Independent Study Module: Petroleum


Engineering

Semester 1 & 2

SUBSEA modules are offered by Dept. of Mechanical Engineering


No

Module Code

Module Title

AY2016/2017

OT5102

Oil & Gas Technology

Semester 1

OT5303

Subsea Control

Semester 1

OT5304

Subsea Construction & Operations


Support

Semester 1

OT5301

Subsea Systems Engineering

Semester 2

OT5302

Flow Assurance

Semester 2

OT5001A***

Independent Study Module: Subsea


Engineering

Semester 1 & 2

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CE5702

CE Reliability Analysis & Design

Asst. Prof Li
Yunyue Elita / Asst.
Prof Low Ying Min

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-0-0-3-4
Pre-requisite: CE2407 Engineering & Uncertainty Analyses or equivalent
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
This module exposes students to how uncertainties present in civil engineering problems can be modeled
and be used to assess the reliability of a component or system. The techniques for computing low failure
probabilities will be taught. The basis of codified design will be illustrated. Students will also be exposed
to advanced topics related to applications of reliability theory. Topics covered include basic probability
concepts; Bayesian statistics; uncertainty modeling and analysis; reliability analysis and design; system
reliability; advanced topics.

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to perform an uncertainty analysis of engineering variables.


Students will be able to combine prior and current information to give updated statistics of
engineering variables using the Bayesian approach.
Students will be able to assess the performance of engineering systems using component and system
reliability techniques.
Students will have to fundamentals to pursue advanced topics such as stochastic simulation, fatigue
reliability and decision analysis.
Students will have to conduct an independent research study that applies materials learnt in a
coherent and useful way for practice.

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OT5001

Independent Study Module

Modular Credit: 8
Workload per Week: Independent Study
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
This module involves independent study over two semesters, on a topic in Offshore Technology
approved by the Programme Management Committee. The work may relate to a comprehensive
literature survey, and critical evaluation and analysis, design feasibility study, case study, minor research
project or a combination.

Learning Outcome
Recognize the need for, and have the ability to engage in life-long learning. Depending on the nature of
the independent study, the student will develop appropriate skills involved in critical evaluation of
literature survey, design feasibility study, case study or research.

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OT5001A

Independent Study Module: Subsea Engineering

Modular Credit: 8
Workload per Week: Independent Study
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: OT5001 & OT5001B

Brief Description
This module involves independent study over two semesters, on a topic related to subsea engineering
in Offshore Technology approved by the Programme Management Committee. The work may relate to
a comprehensive literature survey, and critical evaluation and analysis, design feasibility study, case
study, minor research project or a combination.

Learning Outcome
The main objective of this module is to equip students with the skills to conduct an independent in-depth
study of a subsea engineering -related topic in Offshore Technology.
There are independent study modules in other fields but not in subsea engineering-related topic in the
area of Offshore Technology.

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OT5001B

Independent Study Module: Petroleum Engineering

Modular Credit: 8
Workload per Week: Independent Study
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: OT5001 & OT5001A

Brief Description
This module involves independent study over two semesters, on a topic related to petroleum
engineering in Offshore Technology approved by the Programme Management Committee. The work
may relate to a comprehensive literature survey, and critical evaluation and analysis, design feasibility
study, case study, minor research project or a combination.

Learning Outcome
Recognize the need for, and have the ability to engage in life-long learning. Depending on the nature of
the independent study, the student will develop appropriate skills involved in critical evaluation of
literature survey, design feasibility study, case study or research.

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OT5102

Oil & Gas Technology

Assoc. Prof Loh


Wai Lam

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-0-0-4-3
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
This module is designed for persons interested in the Mechanical Engineering Oil & Gas Technology. Its
contents are focused on giving an overview of the upstream oil & gas industry. Contents to cover
exploration, drilling, well completion, storage, methods, tools, equipment, artificial lifts, logging,
environmental issues etc. A structured programme of lectures, seminars, term papers, mini-projects and
a final examination are included in this module.

Learning Outcome
This module in "Mechanical Engineering Oil & Gas Technology" aims at the development of suitable
manpower capacities to support the important oil & gas industry in Singapore. This module also aims to
meet the demand from students of Mechanical Engineering Department who are interested to pursue
knowledge in Oil & Gas Technology.

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OT5201

Marine Statics & Dynamics

Asst. Prof Bai Wei /


Asst. Prof Low Ying
Min

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-2-0-0-5
Pre-requisite: CE-4 standing or higher
Preclusions:
CE5307 Offshore Hydrodynamics (title before AY2010/2011)
CE5887 Topics in Offshore Engineering: Marine Statics & Dynamics (Sem1, AY2010/2011)

Brief Description
The module covers the main topics on marine hydrodynamics and structure dynamics in offshore
engineering.
It first discusses the hydrostatics and stability of offshore structures, which is followed by the special
properties of potential and viscous flows. The wave forces on offshore structures of different sizes are
then discussed, including Morison equation for small structures, and diffraction theory for large
structures. Accordingly, the corresponding numerical techniques are introduced.
The module also covers random wave forces on offshore structures. Lastly, the dynamic response of
offshore structures in waves is discussed.

Learning Outcome
The objective of this module is to provide students with the knowledge on the wave interaction with
marine structures. Students will be able to apply these concepts and principles at an advanced level in
the design of offshore structures.

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OT5202

Analysis & Design of Offshore Structure

Prof Choo Yoo Sang

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-0-0-3-4
Pre-requisite: CE2155 Structural Mechanics and Materials or Graduate Student Standing
Preclusions: CE5703 Analysis & Design of Offshore Engineering

Brief Description
This module provides students with design knowledge on steel offshore structures. The major topics
covered include planning considerations; design criteria and procedures; methods for determining loads;
structural analysis methods; member and joint designs; material selection and welding requirements;
and design for fabrication, transportation and installation phases.
The module will be valuable to students interested in offshore engineering.

Learning Outcome
This module introduces to students the methods of analysis and design of offshore structures. Students
shall be able to:

recognise the requirements for operational, environmental and safety considerations for offshore
structures and the associated design criteria and procedures
understand the methods for determining the functional, hydrodynamic, installation and accidental
loads which the structure may be subjected to.
make appropriate structural analysis and design which satisfies the design requirements.
know the limitations of these calculations and when to consider more advanced techniques

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OT5203

Design of Floating Structures

Dr Antonio C.
Famandas / Asst.
Prof Low Ying Min
/ Prof Alan Ross
Magee

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-1-0-2-4
Pre-requisite:
OT5201 Marine Statics and Dynamics (as of AY2011/12 onwards) or an equivalent, or
CE5887 Topics in Offshore Engineering: Marine Statics & Dynamics (in AY2010/2011)
Preclusions: CE5710 (former module code for Design of Floating Structures)

Brief Description
This module is concerned with the design of floating offshore structures and elements. Floating
structures dealt with in this module include semi-submersibles, FPSOs, spar platforms, floating jack-up
structures and elements such as reinforced (hull) plating and mooring turntables. The important design
parameters for floating structures will be highlighted. Also covered are the methods of analysis and
criteria in design such as wave loading and motion in waves, floating stability, (dynamic) positioning,
structural strength and fatigue. Safety assessment and codes in relation to design will also be treated.

Learning Outcome
The main objective of this module is to enable students to design a floating offshore structure. Students
will be become familiar with the conflicting requirements resulting from safety, topside processes,
floating stability, response to waves, structural strength and fatigue, positioning as well the available
margins for compromise needed to achieve a responsible design. The assignments and project integrate
the course topics and reinforce the concepts learned.

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OT5204

Moorings & Risers

Prof Alan Ross


Magee / Asst. Prof
Low Ying Min

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-1-0-1-5
Pre-requisite: CE5307 Wave Hydrodynamics or OT5201 Marine Statics and Dynamics
Preclusions: CE5711 (former module code for Moorings & Risers)

Brief Description
The module will cover various mooring and riser systems; hydrodynamics and vortex-induced vibrations;
moored object dynamics; design of deep water moorings and risers; design codes and criteria; material
selection; fatigue and structural integrity; offshore installation and practical applications.

Learning Outcome
To provide students practical insight, supported by applied theory in the design of offshore mooring
and riser systems.

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OT5205

Offshore Pipelines

Assoc. Prof Qian


Xudong

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-0-0-2-5
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
The module is concerned with the design, fabrication, installation and operations of offshore pipelines.
Students will be learn advanced concepts on various aspects of offshore pipelines, including material
selection; loads; hydrodynamic and on-bottom stability; collapse & buckling; pipeline design &
evaluation; fabrication; installation methods and controls; pipeline operations; risk and safety

Learning Outcome
To provide students practical insight, supported by applied theory in the design of offshore pipeline
systems.

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OT5206

Offshore Foundations

Prof Leung Chun


Fai

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-0-0-3-4
Pre-requisite:
Undergraduates: CE2112 Soil Mechanics & CE3116 Foundation Engineering
Graduate students: Background in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
Preclusions: CE5713 (former module code for Offshore Foundations)

Brief Description
This module is concerned with the analysis and design of foundations for offshore structures. Students
will learn the principles, concepts, analysis methodology and design considerations that are applied to
the offshore environment. The major topics covered include: offshore design considerations; offshore
site investigation; foundations for jack-up rigs and offshore gravity platforms; anchor foundations;
suction caissons; and offshore pile foundations installation, analysis and design. Students gain an
understanding of the design methodology for offshore foundations for fixed and floating structures.

Learning Outcome

Appreciate the design issues and design concepts for the offshore environment

Appreciate the roles of models and their limitations for analysis

Able to estimate appropriate soil parameters for various models

Able to analyse and design offshore foundations

Able to prepare an engineering report

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OT5301

Subsea Systems Engineering

Assoc. Prof Loh


Wai Lam / Prof
Birnie Alistair

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-0-0-4-3
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
This module is designed for persons interested in the subsea systems engineering in offshore oil and gas
production. Its contents are focused on giving an overview and understanding of subsea systems
employed in the subsea production and processing of oil & gas. Contents to cover subsea systems,
equipment and their architecture, offshore exploration, drilling, well completion, subsea processing of
oil & gas, subsea control systems, flowline, pipeline and risers, etc. A structured programme of lectures,
seminars, term papers, mini-projects and a final examination are included in this module.

Learning Outcome
Through the module, students are expected to have a good overview of subsea systems and their
architecture, a good understanding of their operations, and their importance in modern day offshore
and deepwater oil and gas production.

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OT5302

Flow Assurance

Dr Ove Bratland

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-0-0-4-3
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
Flow Assurance is a relatively new term in the Oil & Gas industry which is all about ensuring the safe and
uninterrupted transportation of a multiphase mixture of oil, gas and water from the reservoir to the
delivery location. This module is designed for students interested in offshore oil and gas production and
the multiphase transportation of oil, water and gas. Its contents are focused on giving an overview and
understanding of the various aspects in both single phase and multiphase flow transportation and
assurance issues in the oil & gas industry with emphasis on the subsea production and transportation of
oil, gas and water. A structured programme of lectures, term papers, mini-projects and a final
examination are included in this module.

Learning Outcome
Students upon completion of the module will be able to
1. Understand single-phase pipe flow,
2. Explain multiphase pipe flow and the effects of various flow regimes in multiphase pipelines,
3. Demonstrate how theory and simulation tools can be utilized for flow assurance calculations in the
petroleum industry
4. Understanding the role and importance of the particulate and non-Newtonian nature of the
multiphase fluid in its transportation.
5. Discuss the complex problems faced by the oil & gas industry during oil & gas transportation, i.e.
hydrates, wax, asphaltenes, scales, etc,
6. Understand current practice and solutions to mitigate common multiphase flow transportation
problems.

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OT5303

Subsea Control

Prof Birnie Alistair

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-0-0-4-3
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
Subsea Control is an essential and integral part of all subsea systems. This module introduces the
fundamentals and principles of subsea control used in subsea systems for oil & gas production. Subsea
data communication systems as well as various subsea protocols used are also addressed in this module.

Learning Outcome
1. Understand the fundamentals, principles and types of subsea control systems used in the
industry.
2. Understand the reliability, availability and maintainability of system systems.
3. Understand what a control umbilical is.
4. Lean about subsea distribution in subsea control.
5. Lean about the data communication systems used in subsea system and various subsea protocols
6. Introduction to subsea sensor and computation systems

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OT5304

Subsea Construction & Operations Support

Prof Birnie Alistair

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 3-0-0-4-3
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
The design of subsea systems is significantly affected by operational considerations and can radically
change a system configuration. Key considerations that must be taken into account in a subsea system
design include vessel availability, design for weather window, reduction in number of operations,
elimination of construction risk and ability to perform an early production start-up.
This module considers key operational aspects that will be encountered in everyday offshore operations,
and will look specifically at technologies that are used in subsea operations that are essential to
understand their use and limitations.

Learning Outcome
1. One main learning outcome of this module is to allow Subsea Engineers to understand the issues
that arise during subsea operations.
2. Understand the fundamentals of global navigation used in the position of the subsea systems
during drilling and thereafter completion and construction of subsea systems.
3. Understand the use of underwater position systems used in the subsea industry, e.g. underwater
acoustic positioning, inertial navigation, acoustic Doppler log and bathymetry sensor systems.
4. Understand the importance of geotechnical and subsea survey to subsea systems and the various
technologies employed.
5. Understand the various subsea measurement and metrology used for subsea construction
operations.
6. Under the consideration and philosophy concerning inspection, repair and maintenance operations
for subsea systems.

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OT5401

Geoscience for Petroleum Exploration

Dr Sandeep
Narayan Kundu

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 2-1-0-4-3
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
Geoscience is integral to the petroleum industry and understanding the principles and applications of
petroleum system geoscience is important for Petroleum Engineers. This module introduces the
fundamental principles of geology and its application for petroleum exploration. This shall address the
theoretical, practical and applied aspects of geoscience used for the upstream petroleum industry.

Learning Outcome
1. An understanding of the planet Earth, its crustal deformation and geological evolution over time.
2. An understanding of rocks (sedimentary in particular), principles of stratigraphy and their application
to reconstruct the geological history of a region.
3. An understanding of depositional processes and environments and the evolution of sedimentary
basins.
4. An understanding of the origin of petroleum and its occurrence and the essential components of a
petroleum system.
5. Learn about the stages and life cycle of petroleum exploration.
6. Learn about petroleum exploration methods and resulting geological deductions.
7. Learn about the characteristics of reservoir rocks and how geology influences reserves estimation.

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OT5402

Seismic Acquisition and Processing

Asst. Prof Li
Yunyue Elita

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
This module introduces the basics of seismic surveys for petroleum reservoirs, from the physics to the
acquisition and processing of seismic data. Both land and marine acquisition will be covered. Traditional
and modern methods of seismic imaging will be covered.

Learning Outcome
Understanding of the principles behind modern seismic surveys, and the processing of the data for both
exploration and monitoring of petroleum reservoirs.

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OT5403

Petrophysics and Downhole Measurements

Dr Glenn Andrew
Wilson / Prof
Arthur Cheng
Chuen Hon

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
This module introduces the commonly used downhole measurements of petroleum reservoirs. The
module will cover electrical, acoustic, nuclear, NMR, and seismic measurements. The module will cover
the physics, hardware, data processing and interpretation of each kind of measurement. Both wireline
and Logging While Drilling measurements will be discussed.

Learning Outcome
Understanding of the physics of current downhole measurements, their use and limitations. This will
help the students prepare for a career in the design and engineering of new measurement methods and
tools.

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OT5404

Reservoir Characterization and Rock Physics

Prof Arthur Cheng


Chuen Hon

Modular Credit: 4
Workload per Week: 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusions: Nil

Brief Description
This module introduces the methodology commonly use in the characterization of the physical
properties of petroleum reservoirs. Topics covered include downhole measurements, rock physics
modelling, fluid substitution, seismic well tie, AVO (amplitude versus offset) analysis, and pre-stack
inversion for reservoir properties.

Learning Outcome
Understanding of the measurements and models used in the industry in characterizing the properties of
reservoirs. This will help the students prepare for a career in the design and engineering of new
measurement methods and tools.

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