/Principles of Offshore Oil & Gas Submarine Telecoms
Principles of Offshore Oil & Gas Submarine Telecoms2018-03-07T10:32:18+00:00



Increased demand for high performance connectivity is leading the Oil & Gas industry to standardize on fiber optic based connectivity, including subsea fiber for offshore platforms. The course explores various technical considerations in designing a fiber optic system for these special applications; as well as the commercial, operational and maintenance considerations involved for the enterprise.

Discussion points include:

  • Background of Submarine Fiber Connectivity
  • Connectivity Options
  • Risk Assessment
  • High-Level System Design
  • Project Permitting and Environmental Assessments
  • Operations and Maintenance

The course concludes with a summary of how the subsea cable industry can address the unique requirements of the offshore market, wherein communication services are an ancillary function rather than a primary objective of the customer’s business.

Principal Instructor, Principles of Offshore Oil & Gas Submarine Telecoms
Charles Foreman, Systems Engineering Manager
WFN Strategies

Charles Foreman is Systems Engineering Manager for WFN Strategies, and possesses more than 35 years’ experience in Submarine Cable Network Engineering, including Arctic and offshore Oil & Gas submarine fiber systems.  He was previously responsible for the development of a strategic telecoms plan for Saudi Aramco, Manager of Systems Engineering for Fujitsu America, as well as a Systems Engineer for NEC America and Project Engineer for the Arabian American Oil Company.  He has supported WFN Strategies in the engineering, provision and installation of fiber optic, microwave and trunked mobile telecom systems in Australia, Arctic, Gulf of Mexico, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, as well as the development of microwave-based networks in USA, Antarctica and Brunei.


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