TPG4200 - Subsea Technology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Fundamental requirements for Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in a life-cycle perspective. How to implement principles for safety thinking and minimizing the use of resources (e.g. materials and energy consumption) for operations and installations while securing a responsible exploitation of the hydrocarbon over the life of the field and during drilling of subsea wells, procedures and challenges to operation performed from floating vessels. Handling and operation of marine drilling riser, riser margin, positioning of vessel and mooring systems. Overview of alternative solutions for field development. Criteria for selection of subsea solution. Elements of subsea production systems. Guidebase, wellhead, X-Mas tree configuration, manifold and piping systems, downhole and subea pumping and processing systems, control systems for production and well intervention. Methods for well intervention, handling of equipment from floating vessel, requirements for vessel and systems for heave compensating. Well integrity, safety and reliability considerations. Trend and future technology development for subsea production systems and wells.

Learning outcome


The student should have knowledge about:

  • Responsible resource management and exploitation.
  • System and method for drilling and completion of subsea wells.
  • Various methods for subsea production.
  • Components and systems in underwater construction.
  • Anchoring methods.
  • Well maintenance.


The student is able to:

  • Evaluate and analyze alternative subsea solutions based on given parameters
  • Seek development solutions that minimize the environmental footprint
  • Understand the multidisiplinarity of systems for responsible and safe production of hydrocarbons in a life-of-field perspective
  • Calculate pressure conditions and loads associated with drilling and completion of subsea wells
  • Calculate valve and actuator performance
  • Calculate stress in critical components
  • Characterize corrosion damage and estimation of life time
  • Define requirements for well barriers to ensure well integrity throughout the life time of the well
  • Evaluate alternative methods for well maintenance
  • Perform calculations and simulations on relevant subsea topics using digital computing and programming tools

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. Exercises also includes the use of programming tools (e.g. MS Excel and Python). Exercises are given as project assignments to be undertaken by smaller teams of 3-4 students.

The course is given in English. Course evaluation is undertaken using reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the assessment form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Lecture notes, recommended and required reading.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4070 7.5
TOGT2001 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Engineering - Production Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-14 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 17
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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