MSc in Offshore Engineering
Offshore industry is a relatively recent Industry that has rapidly expanded during the last 60 years. Challenges in the industry arise such as has never been encountered before, particularly in offshore engineering. These challenges can only be synthesised and solved by upgrading and enhancing the knowledge related to offshore engineering.
The oil and gas industry plays a significant role in Malaysia’s economy. The nation largely derives these resources from offshore reserves. It is predicted that there will be a shortage of talent in Malaysia in the oil and gas industry. This complexity is due to the large segments of workforce approaching retirement and the lack of skilled graduates from Malaysian universities. Malaysian universities have limited exposure in offshore engineering, as the focus is on general engineering in major disciplines (e.g. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering). Exposure is only gained through on the job training, requiring companies to invest a significant amount in time and money. In order to fill in the skill gap and lack of talent, it is necessary to develop graduates who are trained and versed in various offshore engineering areas.
The pedagogical goal of the MSc Offshore Engineering programme is to educate students to be able to take a leadership role in superior technical knowledge and application required in the offshore industry.
The aim of offering this programme is to provide graduates with advanced knowledge and capabilities to deal with engineering issues within the offshore engineering domain.
- Offshore Engineering specialists with insights to articulate complex industry problems and solutions.
- Industry leaders with integrity towards sustainable development through continuous improvement and innovation for the betterment of society.
Upon graduation the candidates shall be able to:
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
- Demonstrate continuing and advanced knowledge in Offshore Engineering and have the capabilities to further develop or use these in new situations or multi-disciplinary context.
- Analyze and evaluate critically problems in Offshore Engineering particularly in situations with limited information and to provide solutions through application of appropriate tools and techniques.
- Appraise available information and research evidence in Offshore Engineering and apply it in the engineering context.
- Plan and perform research undertakings in Offshore Engineering professionally, ethically and responsibly.
- Report technical findings in both written and oral forms.
- Recognize the needs for continuing professional development in Offshore Engineering.
- Engineering graduates keen to pursue careers within the offshore sector;
- Graduates currently working in the offshore and ocean-related industries keen to extend their qualifications
- Individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.
A. CORE MODULES
This course covers fluid mechanics, wave mechanics, wave theories and wave forces. Also, this course covers use of various transducers for static and dynamic measurements, model tests in wave tank and wave flume & analysis of responses.
This course will discuss structural dynamics of offshore structure, i.e. Dynamic Loads, Single Degree of Freedom (SDOF) Systems, Multi Degree of Freedom (MDOF) Systems and Earthquake Response of Linear Systems and its related concept. Assessment on uncertainty of concept parameters and its effect on design output also will be discussed.
- Meteorology & Oceanography
This course will discuss metocean conditions which have conventionally been one of the prerequisite considerations in the design of installations, rigs and pipelines as well as the operations of vessels, helicopters, ROVs and divers. It deals with the complexities of meteorological and oceanographic effects on the offshore conditions as well as its combined effects. As such, failure to comprehend these factors will result in overdesign that will cause financial overruns or potential structural disaster as a result of inadequate metocean considerations. This course will delve into the interpretation and analysis of operational metocean results to be utilized in identifying weather windows as well as forecast of weather conditions for operations.
- Design of Offshore Structure
This course covers introduction to Jacket platforms, GBS & Jack-up platforms, various steps in the structural design of offshore platform components, overall design of fixed platforms using software, solutions for industry requirements and preparation of working drawings at various stages of design
- Risk, Reliability & Integrity of Offshore Structure
This course will discuss deterministic and probabilistic design and assessment procedures, particularly methods of probabilistic reliability analysis. Assessment on the system strength and fatigue of a platform will also be discussed.
- Offshore Foundation
This course will discuss design of offshore foundation, i.e. pile foundation, suction pile, spudcan and shallow foundation and its related design parameters. Assessment on uncertainty of design parameters and its effect on design output also will be discussed
- Offshore Project Management
Project management tailored for specific niches like that of oil and gas is a highly sort after skillset among graduates today. Interested candidates, who enroll in this course, will be on a platform for them to get exposed to and gain holistic insights, views and knowledge of the oil and gas industry as a whole via specially designed academic delivery modules and systematic evaluations in the form of quizzes, assignments, case studies and the like. As a first course in Oil and Gas project management, it will serve as a bridge between engineering technicalities and the more subjective knowledge of managing projects in the oil and gas industry. This is expected to give students the appropriate skillset that can be built upon joining the industry which will facilitate their becoming of competent specialist Oil and Gas Project leaders.
- Research Methodology
Series of seminars on topics related to research preparations: manage and plan research activities, think creatively, setup experimental/model for theory verification, prepare to commercialise research, prepare research report and communicate research output effectively.
B. ELECTIVE MODULES (two electives to be selected)
- Geotechnics & Geohazards
This course will discuss salient aspects of site investigations, soil testing and geohazards related to offshore structures. The course emphasizes on the impact of the behaviors of structure to be designed on soil testing and soil modeling. Furthermore, soil exploration campaign is also treated as risk mitigation process as part of geotechnical risk management process.
- Advanced Theory of Elasticity
Theory of Elasticity is the branch of Solid Mechanics which deals with the stress and displacements in elastic solids produced by external forces or changes in temperature. The purpose of study is to check the sufficiency of the strength, stiffness and stability of structural elements.
- Finite Element Method for Offshore Structures
This course gives an introduction to finite elements in engineering that consist of fundamental concepts and the basic element formulations. It also gives the applications for problems related to fix and floating offshore structures and ends with typical problems solved by using generic FE tools.
- HSE Management in Offshore Engineering
The objective of this course is to enable students to gain knowledge and skills in key HSE Risk Management applicable to the offshore exploration and production cycle and to equip them with the relevant competencies to assess the relevant hazards, estimate and evaluate the acceptability of the risk posed by various activities and the controls required to ensure safe planning and execution of activities in the exploration and production at offshore facilities.
- Offshore Pipelines
This course covers pipeline design, route selection, installation and construction methods, its risks, accidents and repair.
- Design of Floating Offshore Structures
This course covers introduction to floating platforms, various steps in the structural design of floating offshore platform components, overall design of floating platforms using software, solutions for industry requirements and preparation of working drawings at various stages of design.
- Coastal Engineering & Sediment Transport
This course covers the fundamental principles and concepts of ocean and coastal engineering. It provides better understanding to the influencing environmental parameters that affect the respective coastal processes. This knowledge will be used to formulate sediment transport and budget in the coastal area which will lead to the development of appropriate coastal protection & structures. The course will also expose the students to the basic components of coastal hydraulic study and to relate the importance of such environmental concerns in the design and construction of coastal structures.
- Offshore Positioning
This course will cover aspects of geodesy applicable in offshore positioning, the latest instrumentation involved and the associated quality measure and quality assurance relevant in offshore positioning. Application of precise offshore positioning for monitoring an offshore platform deformation will also be presented.
- Subsea Engineering for Oil & Gas Fields
This course covers various aspects of subsea production systems, equipment, manifolds, wellheads and tress, subsea umbilical system, risers and pipelines.
- Offshore Engineering Materials
This course covers introduction to materials in offshore applications, metallic materials, non-metallic materials and failure of materials and structures.
- Research Project I
- Research Project II
LABS AND FACILITIES
- Offshore Engineering Laboratory:
The tank is used mainly for calm water, wave resistance, hydrodynamics and seakeeping experiments. With a length of 22 m and a breadth of 10 m across, the wave basin boasts state of the art equipment. With a maximum operating water depth of 1 m, the wave makers can be used to generate various waves, i.e. regular, irregular, long and short crested and bi-chromatic waves. The offshore lab is also equipped with a system of pumps to generate current.
- Wave Flume:
The Wave Flume is one of its kind in Malaysia and was designed for in depth coastal studies. Measuring 1.5 m across with a length of 20 m, it is very well suited to study the effects of breaking waves on coastal and offshore structures. With an operating water depth of 1 m, the maximum wave height is rated at 0.3 m with wave periods ranging from 0.4 to 5 seconds.
- Commercial Software for Numerical Modelling:
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department subscribed powerful numerical modelling packages which enable students and researchers to conduct their studies and research. The following software are available at the department:
- STAR CCM
Graduates with an MSc in Offshore Engineering degree will enhance their employment and career prospects in the local as well as the global oil and gas industry. The degree is also a good starting point for a career in R&D and academia.
For more info, you may find the brochure here.
Dr Montasir Osman Ahmed Ali