Cabling Choices Save Space, Weight and Increase Safety in Topside Applications


Offshore drilling and production platforms are complex systems, with limited space and round-the-clock operations in often hostile conditions. Platforms continue to become more compact and more sophisticated with an ever-increasing complexity of electronic systems, sensors, communications and safety equipment. More cables are therefore required to fit into more densely populated areas. While performance is paramount, space is always at a premium and weight is always a concern. Tradeoffs in weight mean savings in one area may allow more equipment in another area. Thus, designers and operators are always looking for ways to save space and weight—without compromising mission performance or personnel safety.  Republished from Marine Technology Reporter (October 2012)