Marine Accident Investigation Expertise is Critical for Answers and Liability

[Posted on May 28th 2014 by Bill Stewart]

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Marine accident investigation events are no simple matter. Unlike the world of land-based transportation, marine accidents can often involve far more factors, especially due to the nature of the weather and water conditions at the time. As a result, a good investigation will include the basics as well as advanced review of the facts and data through hydrodynamic analysis, for example.

There is a reason for the intense scrutiny of marine accident investigation reports and summaries. The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is often involved and a key player in any investigations that take place, especially serious accidents that involve multiple injuries or death and a commercial vessel. The U.S. Coast Guard can frequently become involved as well. As a result, it is critical for a boat owner or title holder to make sure that any investigation that does occur is performed with the right skill, experience, background and knowledge. Very often, the results of reports can trigger financial responsibilities as well as serious penalties.

Marine accident investigation work can also include any type of installation or facility on major waters as well. Oil rigs, for example, are a prime facility that could have issues and trigger multiple investigations on an accident, especially if the results have both life and environmental impact on a wider scale, such as the Deepwater Horizon accident.

In both type of cases, the investigation work doesn’t stop with the field review and conclusion of what occurred. Expertise is often needed in the legal matters and potential trials that come later, assigning responsibility and blame. Without a good marine accident investigation expert’s testimony, a vessel or facility owner could be sitting with a big target on his back even if not actually at fault.

Stewart Technology Associates can provide a client assistance in both field review as well as impartial expert witness testimony on a marine accident or accident complex. Their depth and knowledge in marine traffic and operational matters is extensive, and their professionalism often shows itself during some of the most critical points of an investigation. A client utlizing the help of Stewart Technologies will be able to focus on other aspects of operations, recovery and assistance knowing that Stewart’s team will handle the accident review completely and comprehensively, from the initial water site to the courtroom if needed.

So if your firm is finding itself in the headlight glare of a marine accident investigation or you need a second-opinion on reports that have been produced, Stewart Technologies is the expert to call. Don’t wait; it could cost your firm far more.



Trusted Comprehensive Hydrodynamic Analysis by Stewart Technology Associates

Small firm with top scientific specializations trusted for integrity

The Stewart Technology Associates team of specialist technology experts are highly educated with top scientific degrees, and universally respected for their research and top-level experience in world-wide hydrodynamic analysis projects. Stewart Technology Associates, (STA), specializes in design and analysis of offshore engineering projects and many marine engineering applications. In the current global economy, it is critical for our  clients in the oil & gas industries to push further offshore to find energy supplies that can meet the world demands.

We offer integrity and cutting-edge innovations for offshore structures, drilling processes and production equipment builds that continue to need unquestionable reliability, safety and predictability. STA places a strong emphasis one trust and dedication to the responsible use of highly technical knowledge. This top engineering firm enjoys worldwide respect for design proficiency and multi-level analysis.

Hydrodynamic Analysis

During close to 25 years of excellence in performing hydrodynamic analysis to help world acclaimed marine organizations solve their most difficult challenges and complex obstacles, we have developed top-grade experience involving jack up analysis, pipe lay analysis, CE marking and expert witness testimony, plus much more.

Detailed hydrodynamic analysis of an engineering design or product:

  • Scientifically predicts flow characteristics of bodies of water, body surface parameters expected to impact during the operational phases of the project.
  • Is critical to simulate and test submersible components, underwater power systems and marine architecture.
  • Extends the test data into further professional grade analysis of factors such as stress or vibration on marine structures and pipelines.

Use of Engineering Software to Analyse Flexible Risers

We use the world’s leading engineering software to design and analyze many types of marine systems including risers, mooring systems, marine renewables, towed systems, seismic arrays, seabed stability, and defense. Our first choice in professional engineering software for marine work is Orcaflex, because we get best in class GUI, scientific automation, and visualization. In the case of analysis for riser use,  types of steel and metal alloys, like for catenary risers and other tough marine technology project services, this software allows STA to offer flawless flexible riser design and completely accurate analysis that will exceed the client’s expectations.

Stewart Technology Associates tackles the tough science to make your project succeed

Under the professional leadership of Bill Stewart, CEO, our science and technology team has accomplished laudable worldwide projects and developed an esteemed customer base of U.S. government agencies, large and small oil industries, financial institutions and drilling contractors all over the world. Contact STA Tool-Free in Houston, by phone (713) 789-8340 or email, [email protected], for more details. 

Flexible Risers Are Regularly Used In Offshore Drilling

[Posted on May 14th 2014 by Bill Stewart]

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When you are engaging in any kind of offshore drilling activity, it requires a significant amount of analysis. You need to bring a lot of specialized equipment onto the water with you and that’s where you will remain for months at a time. You cannot afford to make mistakes while you are out there, so the use of flexible risers along with detailed analysis is a must. Risers are used to serve as the connection between the drilling facilities and the subsea developments in the field. You will need to understand cable dynamics to account for all of the waves and other environmental factors while out in the water. Since you have a conduit in place, you cannot afford to disrupt the transfer in place and that is why flexible risers are commonly used. It offers, as the name implies, some flexibility to the overall structure of the drilling configuration so that you and all of your equipment are set up to the highest level out in the water. As you go into deeper water, you experience more pressure, more waves, and colder temperatures. All of these factors have to be a consideration so that you have the right equipment. Analysis of the riser configurations will ensure that you have considered all possible scenarios to avoid any kind of disruption to the material transfer. The flexible risers are going to act as a pipeline for vertical transportation. Should you be unable to find the riser that you need, the product would have nowhere to go because a vertical motion is required. As you gather the materials that are required for your offshore drilling, you need to take advantage of all the analysis that you can. Depending upon what you are drilling for and the depths of water that you are going into, you will need different types of equipment. If you fail to get the risers that are needed, your drilling expedition will not be as effective as you hoped. One of the biggest problems on the water is that you do not have access to more materials. Should someone have to bring supplies out to you, it leads to higher costs. When there are unplanned for costs, it can lead to a loss of investors – or the need to bring in more investors. Neither of these is ideal, which is why some planning before you ever take to the water is a necessity. Flexible risers provide you with the needed flexibility when you need a vertical connection so that you can move materials from the sea floor to the facility on top of the water. You don’t have to guess at what you need because advanced technology can run the scenarios and provide you with the in-depth analysis to tell you what the riser configuration should be and what you will require.

Stewart Technology Associates, Experts in Cable Dynamics

[Posted on May 7th 2014 by Bill Stewart]

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The ocean is still a vastly unpopulated and under-explored region. This is true so much so that it still holds a fascination for people that live in an age of unprecedented technology and exploration. It is the last place on Earth that man has not conquered. As an unforgiving and dangerous environment, man has to be able to overcome, or work with, the elements of the sea. As experts in our field, we provide solutions for that purpose. Welcome to Stewart Technology Associates, the experts in cable dynamics.

While some want to experience life underwater for recreational reasons, others need to get through the ocean’s depths to drill for oil or gas, two of our most important natural resources, without destroying the pre-existing ecosystems. To do this, we at Stewart Technology Associates use a variety of tools and technology, including Orcaflex, a product created by Orcina. Our solutions are safe and effective, providing solutions without causing environmental damage.

Orcina is dedicated to serving the marine and offshore markets with software, analysis and assistance for oceanographic research, compliant marine renewables, seismic studies, ocean engineering and matters of defense. To ensure quality, Orcina only hires the top professionals in their fields, such as software engineers, naval architects, mechanical engineers and mathematicians. The benefit of this knowledge is displayed in the quality of Orcina’s product, Orcaflex. At Stewart Technology Associates, we combine Orcaflex with our expertise in cable dynamics to deliver the solutions our clients are searching for. We do this with our responsibility to the environment in mind.

One of our environmentally-friendly accomplishments has been the development of our flexible risers. In fact, we are well-known as the leaders in our industry for these risers, due to the quality of their design and the corresponding analysis services. We provide our clients with the benefit of our experience, plus the resources and technologies we have at our disposal, such as the Orcaflex software.

These risers have the ability to help protect the fragile ecosystems offshore drilling takes place in, helping us maintain our commitment to the environment. They also aid in the safety of offshore workers and increase productivity. With the ever-increasing cost of fuel, risers are beneficial and even essential, as they help with construction and production on offshore oil and gas platforms. <

The risers we can provide are cost-effective, made of flexible steel and are extremely reliable in a variety of environments. They are resistant to high temperatures and are able to take high pressures without giving. This ensures their eco-friendly use in an offshore or marine environment. We are able to use these in meeting the needs of our clients by providing the solutions they are looking for. With the tools and technologies we have at our disposal, Stewart Technology Associates delivers the solutions our clients need, when they need them, making us the leading experts in cable dynamics.

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