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Structural integrity

The structural integrity of offshore installations underpins the safety of all offshore workers. All the surface equipment and processes are mounted on large towers (mainly of a lattice nature) most of which are underwater and are pinned to the seabed. Other floating structures also are used. The surface equipment (including accommodation) is housed in large structures which sit on these towers.

The structural integrity has to be designed to withstand:

Structural integrity must be maintained throughout the lifetime of the installation by an appropriate management system of inspection, analysis and repair. The relevant legislation is the Offshore Installations and Wells (Design and Construction, etc) Regulations (DCR) (SI 1996/913), and the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 (SCR) (SI 2005/3117).

Updated 2017-10-17