DNV GL has published a new recommended practice (RP) solely dedicated to the interaction between the pipeline and the soil.
DNVGL-RP-F114 “Pipe-soil interaction for submarine pipelines” provides holistic guidance and recommendations within a geotechnical framework.
Depending on the interaction between the pipe and soil, submarine pipelines, both exposed and buried, may be subject to severe displacements and impaired pipeline integrity. Soil characterization and pipe-soil interaction assessment are therefore important parts of any pipeline project.
Pipe-soil interaction assessments are usually far more complex and there can be more uncertainty on the results compared to traditional foundation design. This is due to limitations in soil data along the pipeline route, difficulties in characterization of the soil close to the seabed, dynamic pipeline installation and subsequent design scenarios involving large displacements.
To manage these uncertainties for improved, safe and cost-efficient pipeline design, geotechnical knowledge and guidance are key.
DNV GL collected, aligned, and reviewed existing guidance, considered recent research, and developed the new RP.
Jens Bergan-Haavik, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, says: “Geotechnical competence is required to understand the complex soil behavior close to the pipe during installation and operational conditions, in addition to managing the inevitable uncertainties related to limited soil data and to simplifications in the engineering models.
“The pipe-soil RP highlights the value of geotechnical input in projects to ensure robust pipeline design solutions. The RP also provides recommendations on how to safely avoid over-conservatism through specification of state-of-the-art laboratory tests.”