Singapore GTC research lab and LRED Training Academy opening event

Singapore - 17 October 2013

Initiative further extends LR’s contribution to the energy value chain with industry-relevant research and development and training

Leading independent assurance company, Lloyd’s Register (LR) unveils market-focused technological innovations at the opening of its Global Technology Centre (GTC) research lab and LR Energy - Drilling (LRED) Training Academy today in Singapore. Each initiative further extends LR’s contribution to the energy value chain with industry-relevant research and development (R&D) and training.

The investments LR is making in these R&D and industry training initiatives are all designed to better manage safety and reduce risks within the global energy industry. As traditional forms of energy are becoming harder to find, energy operators are increasingly seeking out previously untapped sources in areas such as deeper waters and more hostile environments. The resultant new technologies present both opportunities and new challenges to the safety of industry personnel and integrity of their equipment.

Strengthening the future design of offshore structures

The GTC is developing advanced numerical modelling technology to strengthen the future design of offshore structures against extreme environmental loading, which helps to avoid or minimise potential extreme environmental impacts.

The GTC is also looking into performing full-scale computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of wave-in-deck events with accurate test predictions. In addition to providing detailed insights into the flow and resultant loadings, the CFD simulations will enable enhanced statistical analysis of metocean data under extreme weather conditions, and develop new structural reliability models to simulate dynamic response processes of offshore structures to extreme loading.

These innovations and improvements are made possible with thorough analyses of previous incidents that occurred in offshore rig wave-in-deck loading that can cause local and global damage as well as life-threatening toppling of fixed structures.

Another research project that is close to commercialisation is the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging for smart supply chain, inspection and compliance to improve uptime and efficiency that will reduce risk exposure. The RFID tagging project is scheduled to be introduced to market in 2014.

“Our partnerships with Singapore Economic Development Board and leading research institutes provide us with a strong technological and skills backbone. At the GTC, researchers’ efforts are supported by lab facilities and high performance computing from our partners at A*STAR, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University,” commented Chris Chung, General Manager of the GTC.

“Through co-locating with the LRED Training Academy, GTC will not only conduct cutting-edge research, it will also perform validation and verification on actual drilling and well control equipment such as blowout preventers (BOPs), valves and hydraulic power units and control systems. For instance, we would be able to use advanced highly accurate sensor technology to monitor and analyse real time data from critical drilling equipment and specifically with deep sea components to develop advanced algorithms and prediction modelling so as to improve overall safety standards when drilling in deeper waters,” Chung added.

LRED Training Academy: Enhancing industry safety standards worldwide

Industry experts estimate that between now and 2018, around 200 new rigs will be built worldwide - the majority of them high specification. Designed to further enhance industry safety standards around the world, the LRED Training Academy aims to impart the latest technology and industry knowledge and hands-on practices, to meet the demand of an estimated 40,000 new participants who will enter the global drilling industry over the next few years.

“We are delighted that LRED has chosen to establish its training academy in Singapore to better serve its customers in the region. This establishment further solidifies Singapore’s strong partnership with Lloyd’s Register and reaffirms Singapore’s attractiveness as a leading oil and gas equipment and services hub in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Lim Kok Kiang, Executive Director, Transport Engineering, Singapore Economic Development Board.

LRED has a wide range of training courses specifically developed for the oil and gas services and can custom design courses to suit clients. All course offerings have been designed to focus on practical applications and ensure all the knowledge participants gain can be immediately applied in their day-to-day business and onsite drilling activities.

Launched in 2013, the Lloyd’s Register Energy – Drilling (LRED) Training Academy aims to enhance industry safety standards around the world. The new training facility located in the important oil and gas hub Singapore, targets to impart the latest technology, industry knowledge and hands-on practice to meet the demand of an estimated 40,000 new participants in the global drilling industry over the next few years.

Courses offered by the LRED Training Academy have combined the extensive knowledge and training expertise in rig and drilling equipment inspections with in-depth subject matter expertise on drilling and well control equipment.

The course offerings are practically oriented and designed to ensure that the knowledge gained can be immediately applied in day-to-day business and onsite drilling activities. Tailor-made and hands-on training is available for clients with employees who require specific company related training or who seek to develop a common knowledge base to address future changes.

Twenty-one LRED Training Academy courses are accredited by the globally acknowledged International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). The IADC’s Drilling Industry Training (DIT) accreditation scheme provides students and their employers with the highest level of quality assurance and ensures that training courses focus on the transfer of practical knowledge.

Advanced numerical modelling used in the design of offshore structures against extreme environmental loading

LR’s Singapore GTC is developing advanced numerical modelling technology to strengthen the future design of offshore structures against extreme environmental loading, which helps to avoid or minimise potential extreme environmental impacts.

The project uses advanced numerical modelling to:

1) perform full scale computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of wave-in-deck events with accurate tests prediction

2) provide detailed insight in the flow and resultant loadings

3) deliver statistical analysis of metocean data under extreme weather conditions

4) develop new structural reliability model to simulate dynamic response processes of offshore structure to extreme loading.

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