Petroleum and natural gas industries - Drilling and production equipment - Offshore conductor design, setting depth and installation (ISO 3421:2022)

This document gives requirements for the design, setting depth and installation of conductors used by the offshore petroleum and natural gas industries. This document covers:
-   design of the conductor, i.e. determination of the diameter, wall thickness, and steel grade;
-   determination of the setting depth for three installation methods, namely, driving, drilling/cementing, and jetting;
-   installation requirements for the installation methods, i.e. selection principles, operating procedures and parameters.
This document is applicable to:
-   Platform conductors: installed through a guide hole in the platform drill floor and then through guides attached to the jacket at appropriate intervals through the water column to support the conductor withstand metocean actions and prevent excessive displacements.
-   Jack-up supported conductors: a temporary conductor used only during drilling operations, which is installed by a jack-up drilling rig. In some cases, the conductor is tensioned by tensioners attached to the drilling rig.
-   Free-standing conductors: a self-supporting caisson in cantilever mode installed in shallow water, typically depths of about 10 m to 20 m. It provides sole support for the well and sometimes supports a small access deck and boat landing.
-   Subsea wellhead conductors: a fully submerged conductor extending only a few metres above the seafloor.
This document does not apply to drilling risers.

Erdöl- und Erdgasindustrie - Bohr- und Förderausrüstung - Offshore-Leiterauslegung, Setztiefe und Einbau (ISO 3421:2022)

Industries du pétrole et du gaz naturel - Équipements de forage et de production - Conception des tubes conducteurs en mer, profondeur de mise en place et installation (ISO 3421:2022)

Le présent document spécifie les exigences et les recommandations relatives à la conception, la profondeur de mise en place et l'installation des tubes conducteurs destinés aux industries du pétrole et du gaz naturel en mer. Le présent document couvre plus particulièrement les aspects suivants:
—    conception du tube conducteur, c'est-à-dire détermination du diamètre, de l'épaisseur de paroi et de la nuance d'acier;
—    détermination de la profondeur de mise en place pour trois méthodes d'installation, à savoir battage, forage et cimentation, et injection;
—    exigences pour les trois méthodes d'installation, notamment l'applicabilité, les modes opératoires, la documentation et le contrôle qualité.
Le présent document est applicable:
—    aux tubes conducteurs de plate-forme: installés à travers un trou de guidage dans le plancher de forage de la plate-forme, puis à travers les guides fixés à la jacket par intervalles à travers la colonne d'eau pour soutenir le tube conducteur, supporter les actions et empêcher les déplacements excessifs;
—    aux tubes conducteurs soutenus par une plate-forme auto-élévatrice: un tube conducteur temporaire utilisé uniquement lors des opérations de forage, qui est installé par une plate-forme de forage auto-élévatrice. Dans certains cas, le tube conducteur est mis en tension par des dispositifs de mise en tension fixés à l'appareil de forage;
—    aux tubes conducteurs auto-porteurs: un tube conducteur autoportant en porte-à-faux installé dans des eaux peu profondes, habituellement des profondeurs d'eau d'environ 10 m à 20 m. Il fournit le seul soutien au puits et soutient parfois un petit pont d'accès et débarcadère;
—    aux tubes conducteurs de tête de puits sous-marins: un tube conducteur entièrement immergé s'étendant seulement de quelques mètres au-dessus du fond marin et auquel sont fixés un BOP et un riser de forage. Le riser de forage est relié à un appareil de forage flottant. Le BOP, le riser et l'appareil de forage sont soumis aux actions des vagues et des courants, tandis que le tube prolongateur peut également être soumis aux VIV.
Le présent document n'est pas applicable à la conception des risers de forage.

Industrija za predelavo nafte in zemeljskega plina - Vrtalna in proizvodna oprema - Načrtovanje plavajočih vodnikov, nastavitev globine in vgradnja (ISO 3421:2022)

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST EN ISO 3421:2022
01-september-2022

Industrija za predelavo nafte in zemeljskega plina - Vrtalna in proizvodna oprema -

Načrtovanje plavajočih vodnikov, nastavitev globine in vgradnja (ISO 3421:2022)

Petroleum and natural gas industries - Drilling and production equipment - Offshore

conductor design, setting depth and installation (ISO 3421:2022)

Erdöl- und Erdgasindustrie - Bohr- und Förderausrüstung - Offshore-Leiterauslegung,

Setztiefe und Einbau (ISO 3421:2022)

Industries du pétrole et du gaz naturel - Équipements de forage et de production -

Conception des tubes conducteurs en mer, profondeur de mise en place et installation

(ISO 3421:2022)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN ISO 3421:2022
ICS:
75.180.10 Oprema za raziskovanje, Exploratory, drilling and
vrtanje in odkopavanje extraction equipment
SIST EN ISO 3421:2022 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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EUROPEAN STANDARD
NORME EUROPÉENNE
June 2022
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
ICS 75.180.10
English Version
Petroleum and natural gas industries - Drilling and
production equipment - Offshore conductor design, setting
depth and installation (ISO 3421:2022)

Industries du pétrole et du gaz naturel - Équipements Erdöl- und Erdgasindustrie - Bohr- und

de forage et de production - Conception des tubes Förderausrüstung - Offshore-Leiterauslegung, Setztiefe

conducteurs en mer, profondeur de mise en place et und Einbau (ISO 3421:2022)
installation (ISO 3421:2022)
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European foreword

This document (EN ISO 3421:2022) has been prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 67 "Materials,

equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries" in

collaboration with Technical Committee CEN/TC 12 “Materials, equipment and offshore structures for

petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries” the secretariat of which is held by NEN.

This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an

identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by December 2022, and conflicting national standards

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Endorsement notice

The text of ISO 3421:2022 has been approved by CEN as EN ISO 3421:2022 without any modification.

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INTERNATIONAL ISO
STANDARD 3421
First edition
2022-06
Petroleum and natural gas
industries — Drilling and production
equipment — Offshore conductor
design, setting depth and installation
Industries du pétrole et du gaz naturel — Équipements de forage
et de production — Conception des tubes conducteurs en mer,
profondeur de mise en place et installation
Reference number
ISO 3421:2022(E)
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Foreword ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

Introduction .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. vi

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions .................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

4 Symbols and abbreviated terms..........................................................................................................................................................3

4.1 Symbols ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3

4.1.1 Symbols for conductor design ................................................................................................................................ 3

4.1.2 Symbols for setting depth .......................................................................................................................................... 5

4.2 Abbreviated terms .............................................................................................................................................................................. 7

5 General requirements .................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

5.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

5.2 Limit states for conductor design .......................................................................................................................................... 7

5.3 Setting depth requirements........................................................................................................................................................ 8

5.4 Installation requirements ............................................................................................................................................................ 8

5.5 Design situations .................................................................................................................................................................................. 8

6 Design parameters ............................................................................................................................................................................................8

6.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2 Metocean parameters ...................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.3 Ice parameters ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 9

6.4 Seismic parameters ............................................................................................................................................................................ 9

6.5 Soil parameters ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 9

6.6 Engineering design parameters .............................................................................................................................................. 9

6.6.1 Platform parameters ...................................................................................................................................................... 9

6.6.2 Well operations parameters ................................... ............................................................................................... 10

7 Conductor design ..............................................................................................................................................................................................11

7.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 11

7.2 Actions ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 11

7.2.1 General ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 11

7.2.2 Permanent actions (G) ................................................................................................................................................ 11

7.2.3 Variable actions (Q) .......................................................................................................................................................12

7.2.4 Deformation actions (D) ...........................................................................................................................................12

7.2.5 Accidental actions (A) .................................................................................................................................................12

7.2.6 Environmental actions ...............................................................................................................................................12

7.3 Partial factors for actions .......................................................................................................................................................... 13

7.4 Boundary restraints ....................................................................................................................................................................... 14

7.4.1 General ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 14

7.4.2 Platform conductors ........................................................................................................................................... .......... 14

7.4.3 Jack-up supported conductors ................................... .......................................................................................... 15

7.4.4 Free-standing conductors ....................................................................................................................................... 15

7.4.5 Subsea wellhead conductors ................................................................................................................................. 15

7.5 Strength and stability checks ................................................................................................................................................. 15

7.5.1 General .....................................................................................................................................................................................15

7.5.2 Design method...................................................................................................................................................................15

7.5.3 Axial compression ..........................................................................................................................................................15

7.5.4 Bending .................................................................................................................................................................................... 17

7.5.5 Shear........................................................................................................................................................................................... 18

7.5.6 Combined stress............................................................................................................................................................... 18

7.6 Fatigue ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 19

8 Setting depth .........................................................................................................................................................................................................20

8.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 20

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8.2 Setting depth for fluid circulation channel ................................................................................................................ 20

8.3 Setting depth for wellbore structural foundation ............................................................................................... 21

8.3.1 General ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 21

8.3.2 Installation by driving, drilling and cementing................................................................................... 21

8.3.3 Installation by jetting ................................................................................................................................................. 24

9 Installation ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................26

9.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 26

9.2 Driving ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 26

9.2.1 Applicability ........................................................................................................................................................................26

9.2.2 Driveability analysis ....................................................................................................................................................26

9.2.3 Installation procedures ............................................................................................................................................. 26

9.2.4 Pile group conductor driving sequence ...................................................................................................... 27

9.2.5 Data documentation ..................................................................................................................................................... 27

9.2.6 Quality ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 27

9.3 Drilling and cementing .................................................................................................................................................................28

9.3.1 Applicability ........................................................................................................................................................................28

9.3.2 Size match of bit and conductor .........................................................................................................................28

9.3.3 Wait on cement..................................................................................................................................................................28

9.3.4 Quality .....................................................................................................................................................................................28

9.4 Jetting ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................28

9.4.1 Applicability ........................................................................................................................................................................28

9.4.2 Size match of bit and conductor .........................................................................................................................28

9.4.3 Jetting bottom hole assembly ..............................................................................................................................29

9.4.4 Jetting procedure ............................................................................................................................................................29

9.4.5 Jetting operating parameters ..............................................................................................................................29

9.4.6 Data recording ...................................................................................................................................................................29

9.4.7 Quality ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 30

Annex A (informative) Additional information and guidelines ...........................................................................................31

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................35

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Foreword

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This document was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 67, Materials, equipment and offshore

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Introduction

This document provides requirements and guidance on the design, setting depth, and installation of

offshore conductors used by the petroleum and natural gas industries worldwide. Sound engineering

judgment is necessary in the use of this document.

Conductor design addresses actions and action combinations, strength and stability checks, and fatigue

checks. Setting depth provides calculation methodologies for different installation methods. Installation

identifies relevant methods and their applicability together with corresponding procedures as well as

documentation and quality control requirements.

Some background to and guidelines on the use of this document is provided in Annex A.

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Petroleum and natural gas industries — Drilling and
production equipment — Offshore conductor design,
setting depth and installation
1 Scope

This document specifies the requirements and recommendations for the design, setting depth and

installation of conductors for the offshore petroleum and natural gas industries. This document

specifically addresses:

— design of the conductor, i.e. determination of the diameter, wall thickness, and steel grade;

— determination of the setting depth for three installation methods, namely, driving, drilling and

cementing, and jetting;

— requirements for the three installation methods, including applicability, procedures, and

documentation and quality control.
This document is applicable to:

— platform conductors: installed through a guide hole in the platform drill floor and then through

guides attached to the jacket at intervals through the water column to support the conductor,

withstand actions, and prevent excessive displacements;

— jack-up supported conductors: a temporary conductor used only during drilling operations, which

is installed by a jack-up drilling rig. In some cases, the conductor is tensioned by tensioners attached

to the drilling rig;

— free-standing conductors: a self-supporting conductor in cantilever mode installed in shallow water,

typically water depths of about 10 m to 20 m. It provides sole support for the well and sometimes

supports a small access deck and boat landing;

— subsea wellhead conductors: a fully submerged conductor extending only a few metres above the

sea floor to which a BOP and drilling riser are attached. The drilling riser is connected to a floating

drilling rig. The BOP, riser and rig are subject to wave and current actions while the riser can also

be subject to VIV.
This document is not applicable to the design of drilling risers.
2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 19900, Petroleum and natural gas industries — General requirements for offshore structures

ISO 19901-4, Petroleum and natural gas industries — Specific requirements for offshore structures —

Part 4: Geotechnical and foundation design considerations

ISO 19901-8, Petroleum and natural gas industries — Specific requirements for offshore structures —

Part 8: Marine soil investigations

ISO 19902, Petroleum and natural gas industries — Fixed steel offshore structures

ISO 19906, Petroleum and natural gas industries — Arctic offshore structures
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3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminology databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
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3.1
axial capacity
ability of conductor to resist vertical actions without soil failure

Note 1 to entry: The axial capacity of a conductor can change with time due to the soil disturbance and recovery.

3.2
conductor

tubular pipe set into the seabed (3.11) to provide the initial stable structural foundation for setting the

surface casing (3.13) and protecting the internal well string from metocean actions

3.3
conductor shoe

short conductor joint whose upper end is connected to a whole conductor while its lower end has an

internal chamfer to assist penetration
3.4
design situation

set of actions and combination of actions representing real conditions during a certain time interval, for

which the design demonstrates that relevant limit states are not exceeded
3.5
drilling and cementing
method for installing a conductor (3.2) where
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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
oSIST prEN ISO 3421:2021
01-julij-2021

Industrija za predelavo nafte in zemeljskega plina - Vrtalna in proizvodna oprema -

Načrtovanje plavajočih vodnikov, nastavitev globine in vgradnja (ISO/DIS
3421:2021)

Petroleum and natural gas industries - Drilling and production equipment - Offshore

conductor design, setting depth, and installation (ISO/DIS 3421:2021)

Erdöl- und Erdgasindustrie - Bohr- und Förderausrüstung - Offshore-Leiterauslegung,

Setztiefe und Einbau (ISO/DIS 3421:2021)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: prEN ISO 3421
ICS:
75.180.10 Oprema za raziskovanje, Exploratory, drilling and
vrtanje in odkopavanje extraction equipment
oSIST prEN ISO 3421:2021 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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Contents Page

Foreword ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................vi

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

4 Abbreviated terms and symbols .......................................................................................................................................................... 3

4.1 Abbreviated terms ............................................................................................................................................................................... 3

4.2 Symbols for conductor design ................................................................................................................................................... 3

4.3 Symbols for setting depth .............................................................................................................................................................. 4

5 General requirements ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2 Contents ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 6

5.2.1 Basic data ............................................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.2 Conductor design............................................................................................................................................................. 6

5.2.3 Setting depth ....................................................................................................................................................................... 7

5.2.4 Installation requirements ........................................................................................................................................ 7

5.3 Design situations ................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

5.3.1 General...................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

5.3.2 Operational design situations ............................................................................................................................... 7

5.3.3 Extreme design situations ....................................................................................................................................... 8

5.4 Use of this document ......................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6 Basic data ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2 Metocean and ice parameters .................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.3 Soil parameters ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.4 Engineering design parameters ............................................................................................................................................... 9

6.4.1 Platform parameters .................................................................................................................................................... 9

6.4.2 Drilling, completion and production design parameters .............................................................. 9

7 Conductor design ..............................................................................................................................................................................................10

7.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................10

7.2 Actions .........................................................................................................................................................................................................10

7.2.1 General...................................................................................................................................................................................10

7.2.2 Permanent actions (G) .............................................................................................................................................10

7.2.3 Metocean and ice actions .......................................................................................................................................11

7.2.4 Thermal annulus pressure build-up action ...........................................................................................11

7.3 Factored actions ..................................................................................................................................................................................11

7.4 Boundary restraints .........................................................................................................................................................................12

7.4.1 General...................................................................................................................................................................................12

7.4.2 Platform conductors ..................................................................................................................................................12

7.4.3 Jack-up supported conductors ..........................................................................................................................12

7.4.4 Free-standing conductors .....................................................................................................................................12

7.4.5 Subsea wellhead conductors ..............................................................................................................................13

7.5 Strength and stability checks ...................................................................................................................................................13

7.5.1 Design method ................................................................................................................................................................13

7.5.2 Axial compression .......................................................................................................................................................13

7.5.3 Bending .................................................................................................................................................................................14

7.5.4 Shear ........................................................................................................................................................................................15

7.5.5 Combined stress ............................................................................................................................................................16

7.6 Fatigue .........................................................................................................................................................................................................16

8 Setting depth ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................17

8.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................17

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8.2 Setting depth for drilling fluid circulation channel ..............................................................................................17

8.3 Setting depth for wellbore foundation bearing structure ..............................................................................18

8.3.1 General...................................................................................................................................................................................18

8.3.2 Installation by driving or drilling/cementing ......................................................................................18

8.3.3 Installation by jetting ................................................................................................................................................22

9 Installation ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................24

9.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................24

9.2 Driving .........................................................................................................................................................................................................24

9.2.1 Applicability ......................................................................................................................................................................24

9.2.2 Driveability analysis ...................................................................................................................................................24

9.2.3 Installation procedures ...........................................................................................................................................24

9.2.4 Data documentation ..................................................................................................................................................25

9.3 Drilling/cementing ...........................................................................................................................................................................25

9.3.1 Applicability ......................................................................................................................................................................25

9.3.2 Size match of bit and conductor ......................................................................................................................25

9.3.3 Wait on cement...............................................................................................................................................................26

9.4 Jetting ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................26

9.4.1 Applicability ......................................................................................................................................................................26

9.4.2 Size match of bit and conductor ......................................................................................................................26

9.4.3 Jetting bottom hole assembly ............................................................................................................................26

9.4.4 Jetting operating parameters .............................................................................................................................27

9.4.5 Installation quality requirements ..................................................................................................................27

Annex A (informative) Calculation methods for fracture pressure of seabed soil ............................................28

Annex B (informative) Calculation methods for ultimate bearing capacity of seabed soil ......................30

Annex C (informative) Installation sequence for platform conductors when driving ...................................33

Annex D (informative) Calculation of bit stick out when jetting ..........................................................................................35

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................37

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Foreword

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structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries, Subcommittee SC 4, Drilling and

production equipment.

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Introduction

This document is applicable to conductors utilized by the offshore petroleum and natural gas industries.

It provides requirements and guidance on the design, setting depth, and installation of offshore

conductors, without hindering innovation. Sound engineering judgment is necessary in the use of this

document.

Conductor design addresses actions and action combinations, strength and stability checks, and

fatigue analysis. Setting depth provides calculation methodologies for different installation methods.

Installation addresses selection of the installation method, and of procedures and operation parameters.

Annex A provides calculation methods for fracture pressure of seabed soil.

Annex B provides calculation methods for ultimate bearing capacity of seabed soil.

Annex C provides a means to optimize platform conductor installation sequence when driving

considering pile group effect.
Annex D provides a method for determining the bit stick-out when jetting.
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DRAFT INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO/DIS 3421:2021(E)
Petroleum and natural gas industries – Drilling and
production equipment – Offshore conductor design, setting
depth, and installation
1 Scope

This document gives requirements for the design, setting depth and installation of conductors used by

the offshore petroleum and natural gas industries. This document covers:

— design of the conductor, i.e. determination of the diameter, wall thickness, and steel grade;

— determination of the setting depth for three installation methods, namely, driving, drilling/

cementing, and jetting;

— installation requirements for the installation methods, i.e. selection principles, operating procedures

and parameters.
This document is applicable to:

— Platform conductors: installed through a guide hole in the platform drill floor and then through

guides attached to the jacket at appropriate intervals through the water column to support the

conductor withstand metocean actions and prevent excessive displacements.

— Jack-up supported conductors: a temporary conductor used only during drilling operations, which

is installed by a jack-up drilling rig. In some cases, the conductor is tensioned by tensioners attached

to the drilling rig.

— Free-standing conductors: a self-supporting caisson in cantilever mode installed in shallow water,

typically depths of about 10 m to 20 m. It provides sole support for the well and sometimes supports

a small access deck and boat landing.

— Subsea wellhead conductors: a fully submerged conductor extending only a few metres above the

seafloor.
This document does not apply to drilling risers.
2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 19900, Petroleum and natural gas industries — General requirements for offshore structures

ISO 19901-1, Petroleum and natural gas industries — Specific requirements for offshore structures —

Part 1: Metocean design and operating considerations

ISO 19901-4, Petroleum and natural gas industries — Specific requirements for offshore structures —

Part 4: Geotechnical and foundation design considerations

ISO 19901-8, Petroleum and natural gas industries — Specific requirements for offshore structures —

Part 8: Marine soil investigations

ISO 19902, Petroleum and natural gas industries — Fixed steel offshore structures

API RP 16Q, Design, Selection, Operation, and Maintenance of Marine Drilling Riser Systems

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3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at http:// www .electropedia .org/
3.1
bearing capacity
capacity of conductor to resist vertical action effects without soil failure

Note 1 to entry: Bearing capacity can be divided into initial bearing capacity, real-time bearing capacity and

ultimate bearing capacity, based on the interaction time between the conductor and the soil. Initial bearing

capacity refers to the capacity immediately after installation; real-time bearing capacity refers to the capacity

after a period of time; and ultimate bearing capacity refers to the capacity when the soil recovers its strength

before disturbance.
3.2
conductor
outermost casing and foundation of offshore oil and gas well
3.3
design situation
set of physical conditions for which the conductor (3.2) is verified

Note 1 to entry: The design situations typically addressed are operational design situations that occur during

installation and normal use of the conductor, and extreme design situations that occur rarely during the use of

the conductor. Extreme design situations include survival conditions, e.g. the emergency capping condition for a

subsea wellhead conductor.
3.4
effective weight
weight in sea water or drilling fluid
3.5
metocean action
effect of wind, wave and current on a conductor

Note 1 to entry: The determination of these effects includes the influence of marine growth, tide, surge, and

related processes, as appropriate.
3.6
seabed

materials below the seafloor, whether of soil such as sand, silt or clay, cemented materials or of rock

[SOURCE: ISO 19901-4:2016, 3.15]
3.7
seafloor
interface between the sea and the seabed
[SOURCE: ISO 19901-4:2016, 3.16]
3.8
setting depth
depth-into-seabedvertical depth from the seafloor to the conductor shoe

Note 1 to entry: A minimum setting depth is set to provide sufficient bearing capacity to ensure formation

integrity at the conductor shoe during the surface drilling phase.
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3.9
undrained shear strength
maximum shear strength in the undrained condition
4 Abbreviated terms and symbols
4.1 Abbreviated terms
APB annulus pressure build-up
BHA bottom hole assembly
BOP blowout preventer
WOB weight on bit
WOC wait on cement
4.2 Symbols for conductor design
cross-sectional area of the conductor
C moment reduction factor
outer diameter of the conductor
D a non-dimensional number
Young’s modulus of elasticity
E extreme quasi-static metocean action due to wind, waves and current

E metocean action due to owner defined operating wind, wave and current parameters

F factored design actions
f representative bending strength
f representative axial compressive strength
f Euler buckling strength
f representative shear strength
f representative yield strength
permanent action
moment of inertia of the conductor’s cross-section
effective length factor
K local experience factor
unbraced length of the conductor
L calculated fatigue life
maximum bending moment on the cross-section due to factored actions
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N number of cycles to failure under constant amplitude stress range
number of cycles of stress range
Q thermal annulus pressure build-up (APB) action
conductor’s radius of gyration
time period over which Palmgren-Miner’s sum was determined
wall thickness of the conductor
U utilization of the conductor
shear due to factored actions
Z elastic section modulus
Z plastic section modulus
σ bending stress due to forces from factored actions
σ axial compressive stress due to forces from factored actions
τ shear stress due to forces from factored actions
γ partial action factor for permanent actions

partial action factor of which the value reflects the uncertainty or randomness of the action

(in accordance with ISO 19900)
γ a fatigue damage design factor
γ partial resistance factor for bending strength
Rb,
partial resistance factor for axial compressive strength
Rc,
γ partial resistance factor for shear strength
Rv,
4.3 Symbols for setting depth
A the side surface area of the conductor in soil
outer diameter of the conductor
d surface section drilling fluid (mud) density
mud
FF, partial safety factors
ss12
F axial force in the conductor
xial

F axial force applied to the conductor during the surface casing installation stage

xsur
axial force applied to the conductor after the surface casing cementing
xsur
F axial force applied to the conductor during the BOP installation stage
xBOP

F axial force applied to the conductor during the subsequent casings and tubing installation stage

xst

F axial force applied to the conductor in the wellhead and christmas tree installation stage

xwt
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F axial force applied to the conductor in the extreme design situation
xcap
() unit skin friction
G conductor effective self-weight
con
acceleration of gravity
setting depth for a jetted conductor

h minimum setting depth of the conductor meeting the circulation channel function

min
K axial stiffness of the conductor
con

K axial stiffness of the coupled foundation composed of the surface casing and the conductor

K stif
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