Proposed regulations currently under consideration for all fixed platforms installed in U.S. waters will require that the design be reviewed and that the construction be inspected by an "independent" third party. This paper discusses the effect these proposed new regulations would have on current design and construction practices. Even an efficient verification program will undoubtedly increase engineering and construction costs and cause delays in schedule. However, there will be some offsetting advantages. The designer would have a uniform design criteria and basis of design to apply to all platforms instead of a different requirement for each operator. Also, construction should be simplified slightly if all platforms were fabricated by the same specifications. Based on past experience with verification programs in other areas, the proposed verification program cannot be justified by benefit to the designer or contractor.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at the 9th Annual OTC in Houston, Texas, May 2-5 1977
  • Corporate Authors:

    Offshore Technology Conference

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    Dallas, TX  United States  45206
  • Authors:
    • Lee, G C
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00158265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore Technology Conference
  • Report/Paper Numbers: V14, N2, OTC 2808 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM