MMO5010 Subsea Systems and Operations

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Due to Covid-19, changes may occur in course descriptions for the autumn semester of 2020. Changes in each course will be published on Studentweb or Canvas. When a course description has been changed there, the description on web is no longer valid. Examples of such changes could be accomplishment of practice, course type, or whether letter grades or passed/not passed will be used as grading scales.

Contents and structure

Course Contents:

The influence of the subsea environment on technical systems and operations, Subsea production systems, Remotely Operated Vehicles  (ROV) and related operations, Diving technology and operations, Surface support vessels and related operations, Safety and reliability in relation to subsea operations and equipment, Practical simulator demonstration, Student excursion to the PRS subsea base at Killingøy. Hydraulic systems and circuits.

Learning Outcome


The student:

  • can explain the challenges and constrains the subsea environment represents for subsea equipment and operations;
  • have basic knowledge of typical field developments where subsea production systems are extensively used;
  • have knowledge of subsea production systems, including drilling and completion of wells, equipment, and maintenance-/intervention methods;
  • can explain methods for subsea operations, including the use of remotely operated vehicles (ROV), diving and relevant surface vessels;
  • have knowledge of reliability- and risk analysis methods;
  • have basic knowledge of components and control equipment used in hydraulic systems.


The students are able to

  • assess the influence of the Subsea environment on technical systems and operations;
  • prepare specifications for equipment to be used subsea;
  • prepare operation procedures related to subsea installation and maintenance/intervention;

General Qualifications:

The students:

  • can keep themselves updated in a subject of rapid development;
  • can apply standards and guidelines related to general engineering work;
  • can work in teams together with other persons to prepare and perform project work.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Physics, Thermodynamics and Fluid mechanics.

Teaching methods

Lectures, calculation training, simulator demonstration and industry excursion. Develop a portfolio.

Course requirements



1. Written exam, 4 hours. 70/100.

2. Portfolio, 1 semester. 30/100.

Examination support material

1. Written exam - Formula book

2. Portfolio - All helping aids and printed documents allowed

Simple calculator: Allowed calculator is Casio fx-82 (all varieties: ES, ES Plus, EX, Solar etc.)

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • NAB3035 (1) - Marine Operations in the Ocean Space - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • NAB3028 (1) - Marine Operations in the Ocean Space - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • ING2049 (1) - Underwater Technology and Hydraulic Systems - Reduction: 5 studypoints