Offshore Engineering: What is it about?
In my last article, Ocean Engineering, we had discussed that Marine Electronics Engineering and Offshore Engineering form an integral part of Ocean Engineering. Now lets see in depth what is Offshore Oil & Gas Engineering.
Offshore Engineering, being a part of Ocean engineering, deals exclusively with the engineering of devices & equipments such as marine foundations for bridges above rivers, mooring systems, deep ocean mining, offshore pipelines, offshore cables , oil rigs structures, submersible vehicles, submarine habitats and salvage operations.
Offshore engineering has all forms of work whatever involved on land, with added difficulty of being located in an isolated environment, having its own energy, water, food supplies, materials, equipment, labour & technical expertise making it to be a mini-city. Further these isolated structures are located far away from the land with no ease of access. These structures are being constructed for the availability of particular resource like oil from ocean beds etc. Also these structures encounter very harsh environment such as bad weather, heavy seas, marine saline environment etc. The access to shore sometimes is not easy, which is very dangerous to run for safe place when situation arises.
Offshore Engineers, live and work in these environments, which involves very high risk and no margin allowed for even small errors. They work and operate with highest level of standards with very high efficiency. Even a small error could cause a million dollar loss for the company and more than that causes significant pollution or damage to the environment, or may lead to severe injuries or even death.