Metocean Committee

Metocean_Committees.jpgOffshore facilities and infrastructure need to withstand the forces of winds, waves and ocean currents over the 30-40 year life span of a producing field. That is why the design, construction, operation and maintenance and decommissioning of offshore structures and infrastructure are critically dependent on a thorough understanding of all the forces that prevail in the marine environment.

OGP's Metocean Committee encourages a better understanding of the value of applied oceanography and meteorology both within and outside the industry. It promotes an awareness and use of the best practical metocean techniques in offshore and onshore structure design and operations. When appropriate, the Committee works to develop an industry consensus on relevant issues.

To support this mission in the short term and, more strategically, in the years ahead, the Committee strives to:

  • Provide critiques of existing and proposed rules and regulations of government agencies and certification societies
  • Provide a focal point for communicating industry requirements to relevant regional and global organisations
  • Develop appropriate metocean standards in safety and engineering
  • Advance oceanography, meteorology and statistical analysis techniques for application in the establishment of metocean design criteria. These include joint probability, hindcasting, instrumentation, methods of observation and remote sensing of data. In particular, the Committee highlights cost-effective techniques such as improved data collection methods and the use of numerical models
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of on-going regional metocean projects relevant to the oil industry. The Committee also plays a catalytic role in initiating metocean research projects