The documentation needed within the international subsea industry to ensure regulatory and operational compliance has grown considerably. Preparing and maintaining the relevant documentation is time consuming, complex and costly to deliver. Further, requirements differ significantly between the major operators.
To address this issue, DNV GL has launched a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to standardise subsea documentation. This long-awaited initiative has been welcomed by the industry, with broad participation from operators, EPC(I) contractors and suppliers representing all parts of the supply chain.
A typical subsea project can involve more than 10,000 documents (with up to 80,000 in a complex project) over a lifecycle of 30 years. To develop, maintain and verify the quality, security, accuracy and availability of documentation, operators, contractors and suppliers will often spend millions of dollars on document management, technical review and information management systems.