DNV-led JIP puts lid on the document explosion

New report outlines best practices for subsea documentation rationalization.

A cross-industry project led by DNV GL that set out to ‘halt the boom in subsea documentation’ has completed with the delivery of a free 97 page report*. The two-year collaboration has delivered a recommended practice that is claimed to reduce subsea documentation and encourage reuse. Subsea documentation has increased fourfold since 2012. Today’s projects can entail up to 40,000 documents with three revisions resulting in 120,000 transactions. A major project may require a contractor to have 25 people on document control.

‘Technical documentation for subsea projects’ describes a minimum set of documentation to be exchanged between operators and contractors for construction, procurement and operations. One JIP participant estimated that the adoption of the RP could deliver a 42% reduction in engineering hours from document standardization and re-use and from avoiding ‘unnecessary reviews of non-critical documents.’

Project co-chair, Statoil’s Jan Ragnvald Torsvik said, ‘The approach of package specific requirements has a positive impact on standardization, efficiency and quality. We are already seeing the benefits of implementing a draft version of the RP in Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup project last year.’ JIP partners included Aker Solutions, ENI, FMC, Engie, Kongsberg, Statoil and Subsea 7.

* DNVGL-RP-0101, ‘Technical documentation for subsea projects’ is a free download from DNV-GL.

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