Managing Marine Geohazard Risks over the Full Business Cycle

Hill, Andrew W. (BP America, Houston, Texas, USA) | Wood, Gareth A. (BP America, Houston, Texas, USA)


Until the offshore industry stepped off the continental shelf, the main marine geohazard risk addressed from geophysical data was the presence of shallow gas. Presence had been described using a number of nonstandard approaches for its potential presence - distinct from the actual risk it presented to operations. In the 1990 "UKOOA Guidelines for the Conduct of Marine Rig Site Surveys," a standardised nomenclature was suggested that was largely taken up as a standard by the industry. At around this point in time, the industry had begun a move off the shelf and into deep water and, with this, a number of new geohazard issues started to present themselves (e.g.

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