Why choose MAPS - FR
MAPS – FR is the industry’s first and only tool way to reliably inspect and monitor flexible pipe. Conventional techniques for inspection and monitoring are often ineffective due to complexity of the structure of flexible pipe. In addition, the critical pipe locations are often difficult to reach either due to being subsea or to the presence of ancillary equipment making areas of integrity threat inaccessible.
How does MAPS – FR work?
MAPS – FR adopts a unique approach to overcome these challenges, employing our patented MAPS® technology, a non – destructive, non contacting technique for the measurement of stress in steel materials. From this information the integrity of the steel amour wire layers may be assessed.
What makes MAPS – FR unique?
-A key benefit is the concept of ‘reach’, the ability to sense the effect of a wire break up to +/-15 metres from the actual damage site, unlike conventional inspection technologies - which require the exact location of the defect to be known and to be positioned over the area. This is of particular advantage in assessing integrity in and near the splash zone and up to the top termination where there may be no access to the pipe
-Can be deployed topsides, or subsea using divers, or an ROV down to 1km
-Validation of MAPS® technology application to flexible pipe, through being a part of the BHGE, flexible pipe qualification programme
-Works for flexible risers from all manufacturers
-Ability to provide information wire-by-wire and layer by layer, taking the integrity assessment of flexible pipes to a new level
What benefits can MAPS – FR offer?
-Provision of integrity assurance of key elements in the flexible pipe design
-Contribution to life extension initiatives
-Management of end of life scenarios
-Confirmation of fitness for service for service of damaged pipe and demonstration of performance of repaired regions
-Provision of data to allow continued operation in response to changing service conditions
Practical in field examples of MAPS – FR deployment for managing flexible riser integrity
-Options for life extensions
-Changing reservoir conditions (e.g. sweet to sour service)
-Prolonged operating difficulties
-Damage that may have occurred during service or installation, including hidden under repair clamps
-Operational upset conditions such as extreme loading outside the design envelope or changing field conditions
-Management or deferment of intervention actions to suit operational convenience